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Aintree Racecourse SMART Testing Centre to close over Grand National weekend

THE SMART Coronavirus Testing Centre at Aintree Racecourse will be closed from Wednesday, 7 April to Sunday, 11 April 2021. This is while the course's Grand National meeting takes place. Sefton Council's 2 other SMART Testing Centres, at Bootle Leisure Centre and Splash World, in Southport, will be open as normal from 8am to 8pm every day. SMART tests are for key workers and those with caring commitments during the current lockdown. They can provide a result in around 30 minutes and can help prevent the accidental spread of Coronavirus by people not showing symptoms. No appointments are necessary. Anyone who gets a positive SMART test result or who develops the Coronavirus symptoms, a new persistent cough, high temperature or a loss of sense of taste or smell, should immediately book a PCR test at a local test site. Local test sites are located opposite Bootle Town Hall, as well as on Crosby Library's Car Park, was well as in Southport Town Hall and the Netherton Activity Centre. Tests can be booked by calling:- 119 or visiting:- NHS.UK/Coronavirus. People can find out more about testing in Sefton at:- Sefton.Gov.UK/COVID-Testing.

Bill Esterson MP calls for views of local service personnel, veterans and their families on Armed Forces Bill

BILL Esterson MP has called for service families, personnel, and veterans in Sefton Central and Southport, as well as civilians subject to service law, to share their views on the Government's forthcoming Armed Forces Bill. The Armed Forces Bill Select Committee has issued a survey seeking views on the forthcoming Bill to inform the Committee's inquiry, with responses to the survey potentially included in the Committee's report. Among other things, the Bill proposes a legal responsibility for public bodies to give 'due regard' to the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant when accessing public services such as housing, healthcare and education. Labour has criticised the Bill for being too weak, and that proposals would do little to correct the many ways in which service personnel are disadvantaged. The Official Opposition is also pushing the Government to clarify why it has not adopted Lyons' recommendation that civilian courts should have jurisdiction in matters of murder, rape and serious sexual offences committed in the UK.

The Member of Parliament for Sefton Central, Bill Esterson MP, said:- "This survey is an important opportunity for service personnel, veterans and their families in Sefton Central and Southport to have their say on what they think the Government should be doing with this Bill to improve the welfare of those involved and connected to our Armed Services. There are large areas for improvement in this Bill and I really encourage people in Sefton Central and Southport to get their voices heard and claim their stake in it by responding to this survey."

The Shadow Armed Forces Minister, who is leading Labour's response to the Bill, Stephen Morgan MP, added:- "With this Bill the Government risks creating a 2 tier covenant and a race to the bottom on services for our forces communities across the country. But it also fails to deliver urgent service justice reforms to improve the number of cases tried related to the most serious of crimes, such as murder, rape and sexual offences. It's critical that the Armed Forces Bill Select Committee get the clearest understanding of what people connected to Armed Services see as a priority and the best way to do that is by responding to this survey."

LGA responds to Prime Minister's announcement of the next step of the roadmap

THE Chairman of the Local Government Association, Cllr James Jamieson, has responded to the Prime Minister's announcement of the next step of the roadmap out of lockdown. Cllr James Jamieson said:- "It is encouraging that the ongoing reduction in Covid19 case rates, hospital admissions and deaths means we can move forward to the next step of the roadmap out of lockdown. Councils continue to work closely with local businesses to help high streets reopen safely and successfully again from 12 April 2021 and, particularly in visitor hotspots, prepare for an increase in visitors. We urge Government to work closely with local Government on any proposals for Covid19 status certification. They are likely to bring significant implications for councils, particularly with regards to licensing, enforcement and support to venues and businesses who would have to use them. Councils can therefore provide vital insight into how the scheme can work best in practice, consider equalities implications and links to vaccine confidence. Rapidly targeting local outbreaks will be crucial in our continuing fight against Coronavirus and the expansion of testing to all adults will play a valuable part in this. Councils will continue to use their unique knowledge and connections with their communities to reach out to areas where they are most needed. While we all look forward with huge hope of a return to our normal way of life, the responsibility is on us all to test ourselves regularly, share our contacts on request and self isolate when required to keep case rates as low as possible."

Southport Flower Show is cancelled again!

IT is with regret that the organisers have announced the cancellation of the 2021 Southport Flower Show, which was due to be held 19 August to 22 August 2021. The Chair of the Board Max Steinberg CBE said:- "We have closely monitored the situation over the past few months, and it has become clear that due to the uncertainty of the pandemic we have no other option but to cancel the Show for a second successive year. Despite the easing of lockdown measures and the progressive vaccination program, there are still too many elements that remain uncertain. The date of the 21st June is the earliest the final restrictions could be lifted and that date may be extended. If we were to go ahead and for whatever reason the Show had to be cancelled at the last minute, it would have severe financial implications for the charity. The Board of Trustees unanimously agreed that it was better to protect the long term survival of the Show by planning for 2022. We know what the Show means to Southport, the North West Region, exhibitors, competitors, sponsors, stewards, staff, volunteers, and our loyal visitors. We have not taken this decision lightly and we will return in 2022 with our best show ever!"

Alan Adams, General Manager of Southport Flower Show and Victoria Park Events commented:- "This was a very difficult decision to make and the fragility of the Government's Roadmap, alongside the uncertainty over holding large events this Summer, made planning for the 2021 Show untenable. The 1st consideration must be the health and wellbeing of everyone involved in the show and how we keep our visitors safe. The show has become a much loved fixture in the horticultural calendar and in the Region's summer events program attracting over 55,000 visitors. The decision to cancel for a second year has been taken with an extremely heavy heart but we believe this to be the only course of action as we continue to work through these unprecedented times, and I would like to ask everyone for their support. The organisers have asked if people who have already purchased tickets for the 2021 show would consider supporting the show by rolling over their tickets to next year's show taking place 18 August 2022 to 21 August 2022. By doing this they would be supporting the Southport Flower Show through this extremely difficult period and your support would be greatly appreciated. We will be in touch with all:- ticket holders, traders, exhibitors, suppliers, and volunteers over the coming weeks. It is not always recognised that the Southport Flower Show is a charity. Any profit is reinvested into the Show along with paying for the upkeep and maintenance of Victoria Park, our beautiful 34 acre site which has housed the show since it began over 90 years ago. Donations to support the maintenance of Victoria Park and Southport Flower Show during these exceptional times would be welcome and further information can be found by visiting our websites:- SouthportFlowerShow.Co.UK or VictoriaParkEvents.Co.UK. Further updates will be posted on our websites and social media channels over the coming months."

Total UK cases Covid19 cases in and around Liverpool City Region

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (Covid19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by:- 2,379 cases and the total number now stand at:- 4,364,529 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:- 20 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:- 126,882, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with Covid19 on the death certificate:- 149,168.

The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:- 3,536. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 517 Daily number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 248.

In England, there are a total of:- 3,816,361 confirmed cases. North West - total of:- 601,347 confirmed cases.

The latest R number is estimated at:- 0.7 to 0.9, with a daily infection growth rate range of:- -5% to -2%, as of 26 March 2021.

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
Nation Lockdown

National UK Restrictions

Liverpool, 48,443 confirmed cases.


Halton, 11,919 confirmed cases. 9
Knowsley, 17,330 - ERROR - confirmed cases. ? Error ?
Sefton, 23,812 confirmed cases.


St. Helens, 17,008 confirmed cases.


Wirral, 24,273 confirmed cases.


Colour Key:- 0  1 to 10 11 to 20 21 to 30  31 to 40 41 to 50 51 to 100 100 to 199 200 & over  

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.


Total UK people who have received vaccination

1st Dose 2nd Dose
31,622,367 5,496,716
Jab Stats correct as of:- 5 April 2021
The vaccination programme began on 8 December 2020 with people receiving the Vaccine developed by Pfizer / BioNTech, and people began receiving the Oxford University / AstraZeneca Vaccine from 4 January 2021. Both Vaccine s are given as 2 doses, at least 21 days apart, for a full vaccination course.

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