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This page last updated on 03 January 2021

Vaccinations using Oxford / AstraZeneza to start roll out on Monday

THE Oxford / AstraZeneza vaccine is scheduled to be delivered to GPs & Hospitals, on Monday, 4 January 2021. But more than 40 MPs have written to Boris Johnson asking for clarity on the Government's policy of when 2nd does of the vaccine will be given. The media has been told that on Monday, 530,000 doses will be ready for use and be the start of the "10s of millions" of the Covid19 vaccines to be given over the next 3 months, according to Boris Johnson. We all must remain hopeful.

Warnings have been given by Liverpool Council, that fraudsters have been calling people in the City, saying the recipients are going to have the vaccines and it will be given to them at home, then asking for a payment. These calls must be reported to Action Fraud as they are not legitimate! Also, we have been told fraudsters are also using the vaccine distribution as cover for phishing calls, trying to get information, such as date of birth, national insurance numbers and other personal information, including any social contact information you might have. You should only get a call from your local GP, who will have all the relevant information already. If you need to check, use your GP Surgery's phone number, if you have it. NEVER USE:- 1471 or any number the caller provides. To report suspicious calls, to Action Fraud straight away on:- 03001232040 or visit:- ActionFraud.Police.UK.

Leaders in Liverpool say Government needs to act now to contain new strain of Covid19 with a new Lockdown and national mass testing

LIVERPOOL'S leaders are urging the UK Government to introduce a new National Lockdown, to prevent the current Covid crisis developing into a full blown catastrophe. The Acting Mayor Councillor Wendy Simon and the city Council's cabinet say the speed of the rise in Covid cases, driven by the virulent new strain, have reached:- "alarming levels" and urgent action is now required to save the NHS and countless lives. The City says the successful local led approach deployed in its national mass testing pilot should be implemented across the country as an emergency stop gap whilst the country waits for the vaccine to be rolled out.  Liverpool's call comes as public health data shows the new strain of Covid19 transmits faster and has led overstretched Hospitals in and around London to instigate disaster protocols. Councillor Simon says a new National Lockdown, coupled with mass testing, is the only way to slow the spread of the new strain of the virus and ensure the rest of the country does not follow the same trajectory as London.  Cases in Liverpool have almost trebled in the past two weeks to 350 per 100,000, despite the City successfully leading on the national pilot for community testing which led to it being the 1st City to be taken out of Tier 3 and into Tier 2. The Acting Mayor and her Cabinet Member for Public Health, Councillor Paul Brant, say the Government needs to take heed of medical and public health chiefs who fear the tier system is failing to contain the new strain of Covid19.

Acting Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Wendy Simon and Cabinet Member for Public Health, Cllr Paul Brant, said:- "It is clear that the country is now at a crossroads with Covid19. The roll out of the vaccine has given us all hope that this nightmare will soon be over, but the truth is that long awaited return to normality is some months away. The stark reality is that today this virulent new strain of the virus is very much on the rise and we need to act now to prevent a crisis that will unleash even more pain and anguish. 2020 may have gone but the Coronavirus has not; and we need to take heed from the lessons from 2020. That starts with clear decisive action by our Government that leaves no room for interpretation and gives the public the clarity and the confidence to act responsibly. We need the Government to listen to those at the frontline, both in our Hospitals and frontline services. We as a nation can cope with a Lockdown. We have before and we can again. The quicker we move into one now, the more lives will be saved and the quicker a recovery will be. Yes, there will be pain for our retail and Hospitality sectors, but they want long term security and a strong recovery and a Lockdown provides both. An additional package of welfare and economic support will also be needed, especially to protect the most vulnerable. It is self evident that the tier system has not curbed the virus; people moved from areas of tighter restrictions to lower as we saw in Liverpool before Christmas; and it is failing to contain this new strain. Businesses want to see the end of Covid19, so that they can begin to trade normally again and we can only protect the economy by keeping the virus under control. Before the vaccine takes hold, that means halting the virus as effectively as possible. A Lockdown is the most effective tool at the Government's disposal. London's rates are a huge cause for concern and we will soon see those rates here and across the rest of the country. But let's not wait for the issue to escalate and unravel. Let's get ahead of the curve and act now. We all know too well the dire consequences and costs if we don't, particularly to the most vulnerable in our communities. Millions of Britons have made many sacrifices these past 10 months and none of us want to see those efforts go to waste. Much progress has been made to limit the virus, but we can only do so much as individuals. The country is currently facing a catastrophe that will undo much of what has been achieved if we do not act as 1."

Joe Anderson says he will not seek re-election as Mayor

THE Liverpool City Mayor, Joe Anderson has said he will not be standing for re-election in May 2021, after Merseyside Police announced that he had been re-bailed until February, following his arrest in .... 2020. He tweeted on 31 December 2020:- “I am disappointed by the decision to extend my bail, but I will always put the City 1st, as I focus on clearing my name. My full statement is attached. The focus needs to be on our City now, not me, so I will not be responding here or making any further comments."

Find out how leaving the EU may impact your money and benefits

UK citizens planning on relocating to a European Union country in the new year are being urged to check how their benefits may be affected. The UK has left the EU and the Withdrawal Agreement maintains the current benefits entitlements of UK citizens in the EU, until end of the Transition Period on 31 December. But for people thinking about moving in the future, the Government is urging them to check how their benefits may be affected. The Government has launched an online UK Transition Tool:-  Gov.UK/Transition where people can sign up for email alerts on the latest changes. Work and Pensions Minister Justin Tomlinson said:- "It's really important everyone is ready for the changes and opportunities ahead which is why I'm encouraging UK nationals planning a move to the EU to visit:- Gov.UK/Guidance as we pass the end of the Transition Period."

Gerry Marsden MBE has died

THE Legendary Scouser Gerry Marsden MBE has sadly died following a short illness. Gerry was born in the Toxteth area of Liverpool in 1942, and became famous worldwide for his band Gerry and the Pacemakers. His friend, the Radio City broadcaster Pete Price broke the news on Twitter saying:- “It’s with a very heavy heart, after speaking to the family, that I have to tell you the Legendary Gerry Marsden MBE, after a short illness which was an infection in his heart, has sadly passed away. Sending all the love in the world to Pauline and his family. You’ll Never Walk Alone."

Garry will be forever part of Liverpool’s culture, with his hit:- “You’ll Never Walk Alone," Liverpool FC adoptedthis hit as its mantraand Mersey Ferries adopted:- “Ferry Cross The Mersey." Both have become integral parts of the City’s heritage. Other songs have also become just as loved and form part of the Liverpool City Regions musical heart, known as the:- “Mersey Beat."

Total UK cases Covid19 cases in and around Liverpool City Region

Not all data has been added due to Christmas.

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (Covid19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by:- 54,990 cases and the total number now stand at:- 2,654,779 that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

The total number of Covid19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be:-
454, within 28 days of positive test, 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:- 75,024, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with Covid19 on the death certificate:- 82,624.

The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
23,823. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 1,847 Daily number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 2,434

In England, there are a total of:-
2,286,803 confirmed cases. North West - total of:- 383,829
confirmed cases.

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


Area and number of confirmed cases:- Risen by:-

Liverpool City Region
Tier 3

National UK Restrictions

Liverpool, 29,102 confirmed cases.


Halton, 6,316 confirmed cases.


Knowsley, 9,463 confirmed cases. 184
Sefton, 13,143 confirmed cases.


St. Helens, 9,347 confirmed cases.


Wirral, 13,397 13,130 confirmed cases.


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


 Blackburn with Darwen, 12,098 confirmed cases.

 Blackpool, 6,411 confirmed cases.

 Bolton, 17,574 confirmed cases.

 Bury, 11,981 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire East, 12,992 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire West and Chester, 12,903 confirmed cases.

 Lancashire, 62,085 confirmed cases.

 Manchester, 36,628 confirmed cases.

 Oldham, 17,113 confirmed cases.

 Preston, 8,856 confirmed cases.


 Rochdale, 15,115 confirmed cases.

 Salford, 15,686 confirmed cases.

 Stockport, 13,124 confirmed cases.

 Tameside, 12,153 confirmed cases.

 Trafford, 10,932 confirmed cases.

 Warrington, 10,942 confirmed cases

 Wigan, 19,901 confirmed cases.

Total UK people who have received vaccination

Pfizer / BioNTech

1st Dose 2nd Dose
944,539 Not yet disclosed
Oxford University / AstraZeneca
Not yet disclosed Not yet disclosed

Daily reported Covid19 deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the 1st laboratory confirmed positive Covid19 test.   Daily and cumulative numbers of Covid19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are not comparable as Wales include suspected Covid19 patients while the other nations include only confirmed cases.


The latest R number is estimated at:- 1.1 to 1.3 with a daily infection growth rate range of:- +1% to +6%, as of 23 December 2020.

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