Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-10-06

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This page last updated on 6 October 2020


LGA responds to latest NHS Health Check statistics

RESPONDING to the latest NHS Health Check statistics for 2019/20, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "Health checks can save lives and prevent people from developing life threatening conditions, which has become even more crucial during the current crisis. Councils have done a tremendous job in inviting nearly 14 million eligible people to have a check over the last 5 years, of which 6.4 million have taken up the offer. Coronavirus has impacted all our lives, with many health check services halted in March to help with the wider national effort. As these fully resume, it will be more important than ever for those eligible for a health check to sign up for 1. These free checks, commissioned by Councils as part of their public health responsibilities, also help relieve pressures on our NHS and care system. The upcoming Spending Review should see a significant and sustainable investment in public health, including a reversal of Councils' ₤700 million grant funding reductions since 2015, to help ensure as many people as possible can receive these checks."

 NHS Health Check statistics: January to March 2020:- Gov.UK.

 NHS Health Check statistics: April to June 2020:- Gov.UK.

Shockingly the LGA have also found that Councils in England face a funding gap of more than ₤5 billion, by 2024, to maintain services at current levels, this figure could double amid the huge economic and societal uncertainty caused by the Covid19 pandemic. The LGA's detailed submission to the Comprehensive Spending Review sets out how ₤10 billion is needed to not only plug this gap but meet growing demand pressures and improve services for communities.


New e-scooter trial launched in Liverpool

PEOPLE in Liverpool, from 6 October 2020, will be able to try a new way of getting around the City Centre as a new trial of e-scooters. The year long pilot scheme, a joint initiative of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Liverpool City Council, will see Swedish based e-scooter company Voi initially bring around 50 of the carbon neutral vehicles to the City for public hire, with more to follow as the trial continues.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said:- "I want our area's transport network to be as cheap, quick and green as possible. E-scooters could offer residents and tourists alike a quick and convenient way to get around the City Centre, as happens in many European cities. We will be working closely with the Council and Police to monitor the scheme and make sure that the scooters are being used safely and properly. If the trial goes well, then we can look forward to seeing these scooters play a role in my plans for a London style transport system."

The distinctive coral coloured e-scooters will be available to hire, from Tuesday, 6 October 2020, using a mobile app and will be placed at key sites around the City Centre; including the shopping and commercial districts, as well as near to the University of Liverpool and LJMU campuses. The vehicles will travel at a maximum speed of 10 miles an hour, but their speed will be electronically restricted to around 5 miles an hour within areas with high footfall.

Councillor Sharon Connor, Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Highways, said:- “We want everyone to be able to travel in and around Liverpool as cleanly as possible; be it by walking or cycling and we're investing millions of pounds to help people do just that. The benefits to their physical and mental health, as well as our environment and air quality, are plain to see. We have also made a commitment for Liverpool to be carbon neutral by 2030. This is a huge undertaking and this e-scooter trial is a welcome experiment to be part of a wider movement strategy to help deliver that outcome. I look forward to seeing the results."

The trial area will cover Liverpool City Centre, extending from the City's historic waterfront to its Knowledge Quarter, Georgian Quarter and the Vauxhall area to the north of the City Centre.  Supported by Department for Transport, the Liverpool e-scooter trial is one of more than a dozen taking place across the UK, including in the West Midlands and Northamptonshire. It is hoped that the vehicles can be used to support public transport and provide a new low carbon mode of transport, particularly vital at a time when vigilance around social distancing is required.

The scheme has also been designed in close consultation with disability associations including the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Initially the vehicles will only be available to users between 6am and 10pm, in line with national Covid19 restrictions around the opening of restaurants and bars. Only e-scooters which are part of the trial are currently allowed in Liverpool, with the use of private e-scooters remaining illegal in the UK. Voi - Europe's fastest growing e-scooter company, operating in 45 cities across 11 countries; has an exclusive contract to provide scooters for the trial. The company expect that the trial will create 50 full time jobs.

Fredrik Hjelm, co-founder and CEO of Voi Technology, said:- “We are delighted to announce that we will soon be offering the Voi e-scooter service in Liverpool, bringing our total number of UK regions to 11 in just two months. We urgently need new transport options, particularly as City residents want to get around with increased social distancing. Today's transport innovations are all about helping people to get out of their cars and making greener choices, as well as staying safe. We are seeing the biggest change in a hundred years for the way people travel and Voi is here to help Liverpool make the most of the opportunity. We can't wait to get started."

Fast Facts: Hiring an e-scooter:-


 e-scooters will cost ₤1 to unlock, plus ₤0.20 per minute.

 Unlimited daily and monthly passes will also be available.

 Users will need to have at least a provisional driving license to hire an e-scooter.

 Discounted travel passes will be made available for low income groups.

 Voi will launch free online traffic School for local riders with incentives to take a course.

To help prevent transmission of Covid19, all vehicles will be disinfected daily and handlebars will be wrapped in Shieldex Copper Tape, which kills 99.98% of Coronavirus on contact.


COBRA style response needed to save the “lost generation"

ON 6 October 2020, young people face becoming a:- "lost generation" unless the Government develops a COBRA style response to boost skills and job opportunities, that the Local Government Association has sets out.

The LGA said this should include appointing a new Youth Minister to lead Government efforts to tackle youth unemployment.

Youth unemployment has risen significantly since the Covid19 crisis began. Latest ONS figures show the percentage of young people (aged 16 to 24) unemployed has risen to 13.4%. It has been estimated that a further 600,000 16 to 24 year olds could find themselves unemployed by the end of this year.

In a report that has just been published, the LGA, which represents Councils across England, said the current Covid19 crisis has turned:- “a bad situation into a dire one" for young people. It sets out the immediate Government action needed in the Spending Review to tackle the disproportionate effect of the Covid19 crisis on young people.

Councils and combined authorities are already working closely with employers, Colleges and many others involved in education and job training to try and ensure nobody is left behind after we get through this crisis. However, they are hamstrung by a national employment and skills system that is increasingly centralised and ineffective.

The Government needs to use the Spending Review to devolve careers advice, post 16 and skills budgets and powers to local areas. This would allow:- Councils, Schools, Colleges and employers to work together to improve provision for young people so that they can get on in life. They are ideally placed to bring employment and skills initiatives together.

The LGA is also calling for the Government to work in partnership with Councils and combined authorities to plan, co-ordinate and deliver the Kickstart Scheme and grant apprenticeship flexibilities to increase the number of young people who can benefit from schemes.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chair of the LGA's People and Places Board, said:- "We have yet to see the real impact of the Covid19 crisis on young people. But the unemployment crisis that many of our young people now face has become even more starkly apparent. Councils want to ensure every young person realises their full potential. Without action to address our fragmented national employment support system, we risk creating a lost generation of young people. It is vital that young people have the opportunities to increase their skills and retrain and no one is left behind. This means providing the right careers advice and guidance, and holistic support needed for every young person. Local Government is best placed to lead on this. Devolving careers advice, post-16 and skills budgets and powers to local areas, would allow Councils, Schools, Colleges and employers to work together to improve provision for young people so that they can get on in life."


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:- 14,542 cases and the total number now stand at:- 530,113, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners, which are not included within the 4 National totals.

The number of Covid19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be:- 76 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:- 42,445.

The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:- 2,833. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 393. Daily number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 496.

In England, there are a total of:- 454,176 confirmed cases. North West - total of:- 106,172 confirmed cases.

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

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

ENHANCED RESTRICTIONS ARE NOW IN EFFECT FOR LIVERPOOL CITY REGION

Liverpool, 9,026 confirmed cases.

541

Halton, 1,879 confirmed cases.

90

Knowsley, 2,997 confirmed cases. 181
Sefton, 3,873 confirmed cases.

210

St. Helens, 2,839 confirmed cases

114

Wirral, 4,645 confirmed cases.

117

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

 

 Blackburn with Darwen, 3,083 confirmed cases.

 Blackpool, 1,654 confirmed cases.

 Bolton, 5,612 confirmed cases.

  Bury, 3,226 confirmed cases.

  Cheshire East, 3,458 confirmed cases.

  Cheshire West and Chester, 3,188 confirmed cases.

  Lancashire, 15,570 confirmed cases.

  Manchester, 10,794 confirmed cases.
 

  Oldham, 4,938 confirmed cases.

  Preston, 2,753 confirmed cases.

  Rochdale, 4,123 confirmed cases.

  Salford, 3,948 confirmed cases.

  Stockport, 3,401 confirmed cases.

  Tameside, 3,605 confirmed cases.

  Trafford, 3,007 confirmed cases.

  Warrington, 2,953 confirmed cases

  Wigan, 4,372 confirmed cases.

 





 


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.
 


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