A Chronology of the Coronavirus outbreak in Sheffield and Yorkshire 

Co-written by Amal Abdallah

The Department of Health and Social Care will today update the UK risk level regarding the novel coronavirus. 

The Department of Health have said: “It is likely there will be individual cases and we are confident in the ability of the NHS in England, Scotland and Wales and HSC in Northern Ireland to manage these in a way that protects the public and provides high quality care.” 

The risk level was raised from low to moderate on the 30th of January 2020, and it is likely that this will change after the government’s COBR meeting today. 

The World Health organisation officially labelled the outbreak a pandemic yesterday evening – below is a chronology of key events in Sheffield and Yorkshire over the past few months regarding the novel coronavirus.    

31 January 

The first official case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the UK after two members of a family tested positive for the virus in a York hotel.

23 February 

The Department of Health confirmed there were a total of 13 cases in the UK as four passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive. Two passengers were transferred to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.

11 March

The first confirmed case was found in Sheffield after a man who was self isolating tested positive for COVID-19 raising the number of cases in South Yorkshire to 12.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a £30bn commitment to get the country through the coronavirus outbreak.

The Chancellor warned of a “significant” disruption to the UK economy but has said: “we will get through this together.”  

12 March 

Boris Johnson will today chair a meeting of the government emergency COBRA committee on the coronavirus outbreak.   

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 across South Yorkshire

Written by Aidan Namugowa

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