Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-11-09

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This page last updated on 9 November 2020


Help shape Southport's designs for safer streets

LOCAL people, Schools and businesses will be actively involved in re-designing the neighbourhood around Southport's Shakespeare Street, as part of efforts to make the area safer and healthier for people to walk, cycle or use a wheelchair for local shops and services.

The charity Sustrans launched a digital Hub' for Southport Liveable Neighbourhood this week with Sefton Council to gather views from the local community. This will shape the street designs from the start.

The project aims to create a:- ‘Liveable Neighbourhood,' where it is possible, and enjoyable, to make short trips without the use of a car. The area spans from Lord Street in the West to Cemetery Road in the East and links to the wider walking and cycling network.

School children from eight Schools in the area will survey their own streets and contribute ideas through activities and workshops. The community will also have a chance to comment via online workshops and surveys through the post or on the phone. Sustrans' urban designers will use these ideas to develop a new look street design. There will be further chance for people to comment before a trial of the new designs.

Rosslyn Colderley from Sustrans said:- "If you live or work locally please do take the time to give your views on how you would like to improve your area. Our designers work with local Schools, businesses and residents to find out what issues matter to them on their streets. We then create designs to reflect what people want. Liveable neighbourhoods are fast developing across the UK to help create healthier and happier places for people to live and work in. Southport already has a long history of creating a good environment for walking and cycling. This is a great opportunity to continue this work and create safer streets where more people feel confident to walk or cycle their regular journeys."

The area has been selected as it includes residential streets within a 6 minute walk or less to shops and services such as those on Shakespeare Street, as well as Schools and public transport links. Analysis of road safety data shows that the area suffers from a disproportionately high number of road traffic incidents resulting in injury or death.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said:- "The Liveable Neighbourhoods Project is a completely community led and inspired endeavour to help make our borough clean, green and beautiful in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our residents. We are working closely with Sustrans to ensure that we are consulting all of the community where the Liveable Neighbourhoods scheme would be, from Schoolchildren to business owners. The idea behind the Liveable Neighbourhoods project to is to encourage our communities to make short trips without the use of a vehicle. I would encourage everyone to give their feedback on the project so that we can ensure it is shaped and designed in the most beneficial way to everyone."

Please give your views about streets in Southport Liveable Neighbourhood on:- Sustrans.Org.UK.


Over 23,000 people tested so far in Liverpool pilot

SINCE asymptomatic testing went live at 6 Centres, on Friday, 6 November 2020, 23,170 people have been tested up to 3pm, on
Monday, 9 November 2020, with 154 people (0.7%) testing positive for Covid19.

Liverpool's Director of Public Health Matt Ashton said:- "The aim of this project is to quickly identify people who have the virus and reduce transmission substantially. To be the only City to be piloting this ground breaking mass testing programme is very exciting. We do need to emphasise this is a pilot scheme so there will be some teething problems, but this is our chance to drive down transmission rates and return to normal more quickly. I encourage everyone to get tested as we need to grab this opportunity and play our part for Liverpool."

A further 10 Centres were opened on Saturday and 2 more today, bringing the number of Liverpool pilot Testing Centres for people without symptoms to 18, with more to open during the coming days.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "This is a strong start to the pilot with a really encouraging turnout and I'd like to thank everyone who has participated so far. We're only in the early stages, but these figures demonstrate that Liverpool is up for the challenge and residents and workers are prepared to do what they can to help tackle this virus together. With more Centres opening up in the coming days, we hope to see an increase in the numbers of people getting tested, and also encourage those who have already gone through the process to get a repeat test again during the trial. This City has been given the opportunity to make a real difference in the fight against Covid19 and I urge everyone to do their bit and get tested."

These Test Centres are running alongside the mobile testing units already operating in the City for people with Covid19 symptoms.

Learning from the pilot is already improving the customer journey with longer than expected waiting times on Friday now improved thanks to new measures including an online map; that lets people see which sites are busy.

The Gov.UK booking form at:- Gov.UK/TestLiverpool , is also being improved after feedback from the public.

The pilot has already been expanded to include children under 11, as well offering 11 to 18 year olds the chance to be tested in 12 Secondary Schools and 1 Special School with parental consent.


#LetUsDance

ON Monday, 9 November 2020, #LetUsDance will be heard in Parliament debating the continuing plight around the Night Time Economy sector and the importance of Electronic Music within British culture. We continue to fight on under the #Letusdance banner to urge the Government to recognise and value this contemporary music sector as an important part of arts and culture within the UK, focusing on gaining further support and a clear exit strategy for the sector.

The #LetUsDance campaign was initiated by the NTIA and AFEM to gain recognition within the arts to access Culture Recovery Funding for the UK's world leading Dance Music and Events Sector. During the campaign over 5000 letters were sent to local MPs urging them to intervene and contact the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Chancellor the Exchequer and the petitions received over 145,000 signatures.

In support of the hearing in Parliament, the NTIA are launching a #DearBoris virtual protest to let the Government know what people in the industry stand to lose culturally or economically from the ongoing shutdown of nightlife and events.

Yousef, Circus Events, Circus Recordings:- "NTIA, Mustard Media and myself collectively worked on a way to bring a sense of reality and emotion for the push to the #protectmusicsaveculture campaign by inviting the most important people at any event - "the customers / dancers / ravers." Now they can have their say direct to the Government. We hope these real world messages will make a difference."

Says Michael Kill, CEO NTIA:- "Our sector has been marginalised and continues to fight for survival. Recent announcements have given some light, but we have lost so many businesses, employees and self employed already, we are still in a very vulnerable state. Electronic Music is a huge part of the Night Time Economy and events sector and is a vital part of the UK's cultural tapestry, but needs to be recognised and valued alongside Classic Arts and Live Music. We are renowned globally for our electronic music scene. Our sector supports such a huge ecosystem of creative and talented people who are risk of losing their livelihoods and their jobs, with the future hanging in the balance as venues are unable to re-open. And not forgetting the human element with growing pressures within the sector which are starting to impact on the general wellbeing of individuals and their ability to cope, which is why it is so important to have an exit strategy and roadmap to re-opening."

Dance music, nightclubs and festival culture are a vital part of the British heritage as well as generating millions of pounds in revenue for the economy, it adds to the ever growing nightlife tourism figures boasting 300 million visits a year across the UK. There are over 1600 nightclubs and thousands of events and festivals across the UK which play a significant role in supporting the wider The Night Time economy which generates 66 billion in revenue per annum (6% of the UK's total). Festivals (across all genres) contribute £1.75bn GVA to the UK Economy annually and support 85,000 jobs.

CALL TO ACTION:- Monday, 9 November 2020, from 10am, using:- '#DearBoris #ProtectMusicSaveCulture.'

As we can't all physically be there to support, we are arranging a #DearBoris virtual protest, on Monday, 9 November 2020, at 10am where we want to flood social feeds with our stories and tag @BorisJohnson. We need to hear from both industry professionals and music lovers who stand to lose their livelihoods, or their future culture.

This is an urgent call for everyone in the nightlife and events ecosystem. We need you to let the Government know what you stand to lose culturally or economically from the ongoing shutdown of nightlife and events. The Government needs to hear our stories. Whether you have been directly affected, or this has affected your friends / family, favourite venues or events, it's time to speak up!

On Monday, 9 November 2020:-

1. Head to:- NTIA.Co.UK/ProtectMusicSaveCulture and write your message.

Please note this may take 5 to 10 minutes to come through to the gallery, so please be patient.

2. Save your digital asset and share it on your socials using #DearBoris

#ProtectMusicSaveCulture on Monday, 9 November 2020.

3. We'll be using all of the stories uploaded with #DearBoris #ProtectMusicSaveCulture to continue the virtual protest. Details coming soon.

4. Share and spread the word!


Seacombe Ferry Terminal to temporarily close for major refurbishment programme

EXTENSIVE refurbishment works will be starting at Seacombe Ferry Terminal, in December 2021, as part of a major investment to keep the services running for many years to come.

The works will see the linkspan bridges, which are over 130 years old and coming to the end of their operational life, replaced and the landing stage undergo a major refurbishment, including upgrading the mooring bollards and installing new powered gangways. The pontoon will be removed from the water to carry out these works.

This should allow the stage to operate for another 25 years before any major maintenance intervention is needed.

For the duration of these works, the vessel will not be able to berth and therefore Seacombe Ferry Terminal will close. We will use this opportunity to carry out other maintenance requirements in the terminal itself and work with Eureka Mersey! to prepare for their works planned in and around this site.

Mersey Ferry commuters will still be able to travel cross river as services will be running between the Pier Head and Woodside, Birkenhead for the duration of the works. Cross river services will also operate during the day.

Ferry services will be suspended after the final commuter services, on Friday, 18 December 2020. They will resume at Woodside from the 1st commuter service, on Monday, 4 January 2021. The works are due to be completed in summer 2021.

The same timetable as is currently used at Seacombe will apply to commuter services at Woodside. Commuters who pay for weekly, monthly and yearly passes will also still benefit from free parking at Woodside.

The move to Woodside will also coincide with the re-opening of the U-Boat Story museum to the public, having been closed since the initial Covid19 outbreak earlier this year.

Further details about the Seacombe closure can be found on the Mersey Ferries website.

Customers are reminded to always follow the current guidance regarding use of public transport including the Mersey Ferries during the Coronavirus pandemic as restrictions may apply and to follow key advice about how to travel safely. More information is available on the ReThink travel website.

Speaking about the refurbishment works, Cllr Liam Robinson, transport portfolio holder for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority said:- "The Mersey Ferries are an iconic and important part of our cultural identity in the City Region. We know that Coronavirus continues to have a huge impact on everyday life, but we are committed to continuing to invest in the ferries for the future. These works at Seacombe are vital to make sure the ferries can continue to operate from there for many years to come. We've been able to make sure that ferry users will still be able to travel across the river by diverting services to Woodside. I'd like to thank our loyal customers for their patience while the works are carried out."


Total UK cases COVID19 cases in and around Liverpool City Region

THE latest R number is estimated at:- 1.1 to 1.3 with a daily infection growth rate range of:- +2% to +4%. The total number of UK Coronavirus (Covid19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by:- 21,350 cases and the total number now stand at:- 1,213,363 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:-
194, 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:- 49,238, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with Covid19 on the death certificate:- 60,051.

The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
12,949. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 1,185 Daily number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 1,533.

In England, there are a total of:-
1,034,708 confirmed cases. North West - total of:- 249,719 confirmed cases.

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

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



National UK Lockdown

LOCKDOWN

 Liverpool City Region

Liverpool, 20,888 confirmed cases.

371

Halton, 3,899 confirmed cases.

51

Knowsley, 6,945 confirmed cases. 114
Sefton, 9,078 confirmed cases.

212

St. Helens, 6,489 confirmed cases.

100

Wirral, 8,904 confirmed cases.

149

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

 

 Blackburn with Darwen, 7,789 confirmed cases.

 Blackpool, 4,317 confirmed cases.

 Bolton, 12,358 confirmed cases.

 Bury, 7,860 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire East, 7,190 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire West and Chester, 6,923 confirmed cases.

 Lancashire, 38,262 confirmed cases.

 Manchester, 23,395 confirmed cases.

 Oldham, 11,869 confirmed cases.

 Preston, 5,749 confirmed cases.

 Rochdale,
10,003 confirmed cases.

 Salford,
10,609 confirmed cases.

 Stockport,
8,615 confirmed cases.

 Tameside,
8,469 confirmed cases.

 Trafford,
7,446 confirmed cases.

 Warrington,
6,998 confirmed cases.

 Wigan,
13,280 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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