Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-09-01

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This page last updated on 01 September 2020

Transport Secretary Announces Plans to Make Pavements Accessible for All

RESPONDING to the Department for Transport’s announcement to launch a consultation on pavement parking, that we ran in our last daily update, on 31 August 2020, Cllr David Renard, who us the Local Government Associations' Transport Spokesman, said:- “Pavement parking and damaged pavements is 1 of the biggest complaints from pedestrians; and not just in London. The LGA has long called for the ban on pavement parking to be extended to all areas of England, with councils able to make exemptions, so we are pleased government has launched this consultation. Councils share the Government's aim to promote active travel and this measure should make walking more attractive and safer for everyone, including vulnerable users."

Southport's Aldi gets a fresh new look

ALDI, in Southport, will reveal a fresh new look the Town Center store, when it re-opens to customers, on Thursday, 3 September 2020. Standing at 1,315 sqm of retail space, a more customer focused layout with wider aisles allows for the products customers know and love to be found more easily, whilst browsing new ranges.

The transformation is part of Aldi's £300m investment into further improving its stores and services across the UK, and is based on feedback from more than 50,000 customers. The Project Fresh renovations have been ongoing since 2018.

The new look store offers increased space, dedicated to fresh British meat and fish, as well as:- health and beauty products, award winning beers, wines and spirits, famous Mamia babycare products, and a new and improved Food to Go section, offering a choice of fresh salads, sandwiches and sushi for busy customers.

The format has been created to make shopping easier for Southport customers and the new look store will now have wider aisles and clearer signs to make shopping effortless. Fresh bread and cakes have been moved to the last aisle preventing them getting squashed under customers' shopping and the store will now offer new, easy to browse freezers.

The store employs 41 members of the local community, and the refurbishment will create an additional 2 job opportunities, in a welcome boost to the Town's economy.

Aldi Store Manager, Andrew Rimmer, said:- "The store is looking fantastic, and we can't wait to welcome our loyal customers back so they can see it for themselves. We're committed to making sure that the shopping experience each customer enjoys in our stores is on a par with the products and services they're used to. Customers will notice a few small changes throughout the store to align with social distancing guidelines, ensuring we keep our community safe, and we thank you for the co-operation in ensuring the safety of both our colleagues and customers."

LGA respond to the latest suicide statistics

RESPONDING to the latest official suicides statistics for England and Wales, for 2019, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "Every suicide is a tragedy and it is worrying that we continue to see particularly high rates among males and in certain age groups, including a long-term increase in under 25's generally. Suicide prevention is a public health priority for local government and every Council has a suicide prevention plan in place. Councils are already working closely with:- Schools, Railway Operators, businesses, Hospitals and the Police to prevent suicide and help those affected by it. We also need a new national focus on helping everyone stay mentally well, including for those affected by Coronavirus, backed up by funding for Councils to spend with local partners such as the voluntary and community sector, to help prevent more serious problems from developing. The forthcoming Spending Review provides an opportunity for much needed investment in Council services, including public health, to help further strengthen local action to reduce and prevent suicide using Councils' locally driven approach."

Naheed Tahir from Mossley Hill gets active to help manage anxiety

A new campaign is being launched encouraging people with health conditions to be more active. Liverpool City Council's Public Health and Physical Activity and Sports Development teams are working in partnership with Sport England and NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to provide activities and support targeted at those aged between 40 to 75 years.

Liverpool's Director of Public Health, Matt Ashton, said:- "Being more active is one of the best things you can do for yourself, even if you're healthy. But it's especially useful if you're living with a health condition. Activity can often help manage symptoms and protect your health. We know that a significant number of people in the city living with a health condition do not meet the physical activity guidelines. Many also lack confidence to become active, are unsure what activities are suitable for their condition and feel being active is not for them. This campaign aims to address these issues because there are lots of simple tricks you can use to build activity into your daily routine, and any activity can help you feel better."

It is the latest phase of the Fit for Me physical activity campaign, which has reached over 100,000 people across the city since its launch in 2016. The campaign is aligned to the national We Are Undefeatable campaign; led by 15 of the UK's largest health and social care charities and supported by National Lottery funding through Sport England. Fit for Me offers the opportunity to help motivate people to improve their health and wellbeing, quality of life and encourage positive changes to their lifestyles.

Dr Maurice Smith, a GP in South Liverpool and member Liverpool CCG's Governing Body said:- "The recent Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted risks for people with underlying health conditions. All the evidence is that being active and healthier gives you a better chance of recovering faster from COVID-19 and other viral illnesses, as well as being good for your mental wellbeing."

It features inspirational stories of local people with health conditions and how becoming active in a way that works for them has helped with their mental and physical health. The partners are working with organisations such as local charities, community, faith and voluntary organisations plus NHS providers to help spread the message.

Sarah Ruane, Strategic Lead for Health at Sport England, said:- "We are delighted to be able to support Liverpool City Council with this important campaign. As well as communicating the benefits of being active for most people living with a health condition, the learnings from the campaign will support those commissioning and designing physical activity services. This includes coaches, fitness instructors through to healthcare professionals and anyone who inspires and supports people with health conditions."

Visit the Fit For Me website:- FitForMe.Info and find out what you can do.

Total UK cases COVID-19 cases in and around Liverpool City Region

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 1,295 cases and the total number now stand at 337,168, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals. The number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 3 according to the Department of Health. The total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory is 41,504. The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:- 764. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 60. Daily number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 109. In England, there are a total of 291,179 confirmed cases. North West - total of 53,577 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

 Liverpool, 2,885 confirmed cases.


► Halton, 741 confirmed cases.

Knowsley, 1,086 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 1,699 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 1,291 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 2,218 confirmed cases.

The number of laboratory confirmed cases within Local Authorities around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Blackburn with Darwen, 1,855 confirmed cases.

► Blackpool, 1,105 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 2,429 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 1,603 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 2,398 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 2,149 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 8,268 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 4,338 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 2,945 confirmed cases.

► Preston, 1,451 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 2,277 confirmed cases.

► Salford, 1,832 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,990 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 1,956 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 1,709 confirmed cases.

► Warrington, 1,425 confirmed cases.

 Wigan, 2,335 confirmed cases.

Areas within England which are currently in Lockdown or have Enhanced Restrictions imposed on them:-

West Yorkshire...




Greater Manchester...

City of Manchester

Targeted action to control Covid19 cases through further intervention in:-

Parts of Pendle

Daily reported COVID deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the 1st laboratory confirmed positive COVID test.  

Daily and cumulative numbers of COVID-19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are not comparable as Wales include suspected COVID-19 patients while the other nations include only confirmed cases.

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