Coronavirus in Doncaster: How many cases have been reported, how many people have died and all the major closures

Coronavirus is continuing to impact on everyone’s daily lives in Doncaster and across the world – here's all the latest and essential information you need to know.

Monday, 23rd March 2020, 12:26 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd March 2020, 8:19 pm

Doncaster Royal Infirmary has reported it is treating one patient for COVID-19 – and one staff member is self-isolating after coming into contact with the patient and showing symptoms.

Public Health England figures show there are currently seven confirmed cases in the Doncaster Upper Tier Local Authorities and NHS Regions – but patients may be being treated in other areas.

There have been no reported deaths in the Doncaster area at this stage but there have been 281 UK deaths.

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Coronavirus has seen large parts of Doncaster resemble a ghost town.

Here’s what else you need to know

BUSES

First South Yorkshire and Stagecoach are now running reduced timetables. Passengers are urged to avoid all non essential travel by public transport. You can find further details of bus changes HERE

TRAINSAll rail services are also running on reduced timetables. All details of revised timetables are available at Network Rail HERE

SHOPS

Many shops and retail outlets have now closed their doors. Details of some of the popular High Street names which have shut their doors is available HERE

DONCASTER COUNCIL

Doncaster Council has issued gudiance to residents for during the coronavirus crisis. Mayor Ros Jones has explained what’s been done in the borough. You can read her statement HERE

Full details of changes and disruption to Doncaster Council services are available HERE

LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT

Cinemas, theatres and leisure centres, including The Dome, are all closed. You can read more on leisure centre closures HERE and HERE

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Cusworth Hall, Doncaster Racecourse are all also closed.

FOOTBALL

All Doncaster Rovers fixtures have been suspended until at least April 30. Full details HERE

Coronavirus: the facts

What is coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can affect lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called coronavirus.

What caused coronavirus?

The outbreak started in Wuhan in China in December 2019 and it is thought that the virus, like others of its kind, has come from animals.

How is it spread?

As this is such a new illness, experts still aren’t sure how it is spread. But.similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. Therefore covering your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing, and disposing of used tissues straight away is advised.

What are the symptoms?

The NHS states that the symptoms are: a dry cough, high temperature and shortness of breath - but these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. Look out for flu-like symptoms, such as aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose and a sore throat. It’s important to remember that some people may become infected but won’t develop any symptoms or feel unwell.

What precautions can be taken?

Washing your hands with soap and water thoroughly. The NHS also advises to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze; put used tissues in the bin immediately and try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell. Also avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth unless your hands are clean.

Should I avoid public places?

The advice now is to avoid public places and any non-essential travel. Travel abroad is also being advised against for the next 30 days at least, and many European countries have closed their borders.

What should I do if I feel unwell?

Don’t go to your GP but instead use the NHS website that can tell you if you need medical help and what to do next.

When to call NHS 111

NHS 111 should be used if you feel unwell with coronavirus symptoms and feel you cannot cope on your own at home, have been in a country with a high risk of coronavirus in the last 14 days or if you have been in close contact with someone with the virus.