A Middlesbrough mosque is continuing to play a key role in the fight against coronavirus. The latest public health messages are regularly read out at Friday prayers, and now Chief Imam Hafiz Mohammad Sajid is tackling misinformation relating to the Covid vaccine.
"There's nothing to worry about. Get it done, it's as simple as that!" Sam Harris, 88, didn't hesitate when he got the call to go to his local medical centre for his first Covid-19 jab. He's been sharing his story to encourage other people to arrange their appointments when contacted by the NHS.
An urban farm promoting healthy eating, exercise and positive mental health has been given the green light. The tranquil urban farm will boast a street café and shop selling produce grown on site and create jobs for local people and would have space for seasonal crops, sensory gardens and beehives.
Local businesses hit by the third phase of national lockdown are being reminded they may be in line for additional government support. The move follows the sweeping restrictions that came into force on Monday, January 4 as part of the ongoing fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Schools can now access hand sanitiser and soap via Middlesbrough Council. The Council has allocated £50,000 of its Covid funding to provide the products for schools around the town. The cash was committed following conversations with headteachers over issues arising during the pandemic.