Coronavirus LIVE: Police step up measures to enforce government restrictions as confirmed cases soar

Welcome to our coronavirus live blog for Saturday, March 28.

Saturday, 28th March 2020, 10:45 am
Updated Saturday, 28th March 2020, 11:25 am
Two women walk past a sign providing guidance information about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images)

Police have started to enforce government guidelines on self-isolation, with powers to fine people who break the rules.

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Checkpoints have also been put in place on roads in a bid to tackle non-essential travel.

The number of cases in Sheffield is currently 286. In Rotherham there are 39, in Barnsley 42 and in Doncaster there are 24.

In Derbyshire there are 170 confirmed cases, and in Nottinghamshire there are 135.

Coronavirus LIVE: Police step up measures to enforce government restrictions as confirmed cases soar

Last updated: Saturday, 28 March, 2020, 14:11

  • Police have started to enforce government guidelines on self-isolation, with powers to fine people who break the rules.
  • Checkpoints have also been put in place on roads in a bid to tackle non-essential travel.
  • Homeless housed in hotels so they can self isolate.
  • The number of cases in Sheffield is currently 286. In Rotherham there are 39, in Barnsley 42 and in Doncaster there are 24.
  • In Derbyshire there are 170 confirmed cases, and in Nottinghamshire there are 135.

Latest nationwide figures for deaths of people who tested positive for COVID-19

 A total of 1,019 patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Friday, the Department of Health said, up from 759 the day before.

Meet the Sheffield care home staff who have left their families behind to care for vulnerable

Staff at Bridgedale House care home in Sheffield have been praised after volunteering to live there for the duration of the coronavirus lockdown.

As well as the deputy manager, the specialist dementia home currently has a live-in chef, a domestic, and six care assistants, two of whom work nights.

A group of Care Workers at Bridgedale Care Home, have moved into the home, to help protect the residents from Coronavirus. Lynsey Wright, Deputy Manager (front second right), pictured outside the home with staff members. Copyright: JPI media resell

Coronavirus figures as they stand on March 28

Sheffield: 286 confirmed cases, 10 people died after testing positive.

Doncaster: 24 confirmed cases, two people who have tested positive have died.

Rotherham: 39 confirmed cases, one person has died after testing positive.

Barnsley: 42 confirmed cases.

Derbyshire: 170 confirmed cases.

Nottinghamshire: 135 confirmed cases.

Tesco limits online orders to 80 item maximum in bid to speed up deliveries

Tesco has limited its online shoppers to a maximum of 80 items per order in a bid to increase the number of delivery slots available to houses in self-isolation.

Before the outbreak the average number of items people ordered online was 60. It has since risen to more than 100 items in an average shop.

Mansfield man charged after 'spitting' at police while claiming he had Coronavirus

A man has been charged after police officers were allegedly spat at by a man claiming to have been suffering with symptoms of Coronavirus.

Paul Leivers, 48, of Tideswell Court, Mansfield, has been charged with two counts of assault of an emergency worker.

Coronavirus: Updated guidance on green spaces after police use drones and road blocks to stop Peak District travel

The government has told people to exercise ‘close to home’ in update guidance on visiting green spaces during the coronavirus lockdown.

The update came after police forces used drones and roadblocks to deter members of the public from driving to beauty spots in the Peak District and other national parks to walk their dogs and exercise.

Police dye the water in Buxton 'Blue Lagoon' to deter swimmers during coronavirus lockdown

Police have dyed the waters in the ‘Blue Lagoon’ at Harpur Hill, Buxton following reports of groups of people meeting there to swim during the coronavirus lockdown.

The lagoon waters are often dyed black by police to deter swimmers from entering the ‘toxic’ water, which contains ‘rub-off’ from the old quarry which irritates skin.

However in this case police have confirmed that the action is a direct response to people disobeying social isolation rules.

Coronavirus: Police checkpoints in place on South Yorkshire roads in non-essential travel clampdown

South Yorkshire Police has put checkpoints in place on roads across the county as part of measures to prevent ‘non-essential’ travel.

From today, South Yorkshire Police will operate a number of 'Educational Road Checkpoints' across the county, and have powers ti fine people who break self-isolation regulations.

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