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Statement from Steve
Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, on Merseyside watch list
ON 11 September 2020 Steve
Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, has responded to the
inclusion of the Merseyside Local Authorities on Public Health England's watch
list of areas with increasing numbers of Covid19 cases. (Halton is not included
on the watch list.) He said:- "Over the past week we have seen a rapid
increase in Coronavirus cases across the Liverpool City Region. We are not yet
at the stage of having extra restrictions imposed on us; as other areas have,
but, if we continue on our current trajectory, it will become a case of when,
not if this happens. There is still time for us to stop that happening, but
doing so depends on us and what we choose to do. I am working hard with our
local Councils and other partners to do everything in our power to keep the
spread of the virus under control, but we cannot do that without your help.
Every day I am exceptionally proud to lead a region as kind, friendly and
community spirited as ours. We now need to stick to those principles and make
sure that we look out for one another. Washing your hands, wearing a face
covering and keeping to social distancing has never been more important. So
please follow the advice and act responsibly to help keep yourself and others
safe, and help us slow the spread of this disease."
Sefton Council Leader
responds to Merseyside being added to Government's COVID19 watch list
RESPONDING to the announcement
that Merseyside has been identified by the Government as 1 of 2 new areas of
concern owing to rising number of Covid19 cases, Sefton Council Leader Cllr Ian
Maher said:- "In the light of this news, it's essential that every single
one of Sefton's residents and businesses continue the great efforts they have
made already to prevent us going into lockdown. The willingness and efforts of
local people and the vast majority of the Borough's businesses to follow the
guidelines and implement the measures required have been impressive and were
reflected in low numbers of cases recently. However, this current rise is a
cause for concern. Infections in Sefton are spread across the Borough through
people's familiar social networks, whether at home, at work or out and about and
while we are seeing cases being reported in people of all ages, those in the
working age group from 20 to 60 are prevalent. Those people may be only mildly
affected by Covid19 and some are asymptomatic, but our real concern is how these
people can still spread the infection, including to their loved ones at home who
may be vulnerable and far more seriously affected. It's vital that local people
continue with social distancing and follow the Government's recently revised
guidelines restricting indoor meetings to members of two different households
and keeping numbers at outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 6. Wearing masks and
face coverings where required and frequent, thorough hand washing are also
crucial. Sefton's businesses need to ensure they are protecting their customers
and staff by having all the required measures in place, including Test and Trace
arrangements for:- pubs, bars and restaurants, distancing and cleaning
procedures and face coverings where required. Also, we need those people who
develop the Coronavirus symptoms of a high temperature, or a new continuous
cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste, to get a test
immediately, for their own safety and the safety of others. They just need to
or call:- 119 to make an appointment at their nearest available Test Centre.
Home testing kits are also available on request. And finally, it is vitally
important that if any Sefton residents are contacted by the Test and Trace
programme that they comply with the requests of the contact tracers and stay
home if they are asked to do so. We really appreciate the huge efforts and
sacrifices Sefton's population and business have made to work with us to protect
vulnerable people across our communities. Now we need them to continue those
efforts and prevent tighter restrictions being re-introduced."
Workers are facing a
furlough cliff edge, says MP
SEFTON Central MP Bill Esterson
has urged the Government to "look again" at plans to end the
furlough scheme protecting thousands of jobs in the constituency. The MP said a
sudden end to the Coronavirus job retention scheme and the self employed income
support scheme risked putting millions of people out of work and harming the
economic recovery. Mr Esterson voted in favour of a motion calling for targeted
income support to businesses and self employed people in those sectors of the
economy that have been hardest hit by the virus and are most in need of
continuing assistance. He also welcomed a report from the cross party Treasury
Select Committee that called for targeted extensions to the Coronavirus job
retention scheme and other measures to support workers and the economic
recovery. Labour's motion in favour of a targeted extension of the support
schemes for workers was defeated after the Government whipped its Conservative
MPs to vote against. Mr Esterson said:- "A cliff edge is facing
hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers in my constituency alone. The
Government must look again at plans to end this support schemes. The Coronavirus
pandemic has caused untold economic damage through no fault of the hard working
business owners and workers here and across the UK. The whole economy has yet to
open up again. It is the wrong time to withdraw this financial support for
industries such as the arts and hospitality, which are unable to go back to
normal for reasons of public health. The Government is putting the public health
response to the virus at risk through withdrawing support and potentially
encouraging people to take risks with their own health and the health of others.
People who can't afford to put food on the table or pay the mortgage or other
bills will be put in an impossible position. We saw earlier in the pandemic that
far too many low paid workers were forced to take risks with the health of other
people and their own health because of financial concerns. The Chancellor is
ploughing ahead with this 1 size fits all withdrawal of the furlough scheme
without, as far as we can see, any assessment of the impact it is going to have
on unemployment and the economic recovery. This could put millions of people out
of work. Even the Treasury Select Committee, which is headed up by a
Conservative MP, Mel Stride, supports a targeted extension to the support on
offer. Labour, trade unions, businesses, think tanks, backbench Tory MPs and now
the Treasury Select Committee are all sounding the alarm. What will it take to
make this stubborn Chancellor listen?"
Analysis by Labour has revealed that more than 4 million UK jobs across the
country were still fully furloughed by their employer in the middle of August
2020. This means nearly half of all workers who were moved onto the Government's
Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme (CJRS) in the early phase of the Covid19
crisis remained fully furloughed by their employer over 4 months later.
Regional breakdowns show that over 450,000 jobs were at risk in the North West,
9,000 of them in Sefton Central. Over 2,500,000 people had also made claims
under the Coronavirus self employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) by the end of
July 2020. The final phase of that scheme opened last month. Yet still the
Treasury plans to withdraw both schemes in just 6 weeks' time, at the end of
October 2020. Mr Esterson added:- "The Government must do everything
they can to save jobs and get people the support they need to get through this
unprecedented period. This week the Conservatives voted to put those jobs and
livelihoods at risk by pushing ahead with a 1 size fits all withdrawal of both
the CJRS and SEISS schemes across the entire economy by the end of October.
Businesses in the hardest hit sectors are still operating well below capacity
and, with Coronavirus cases rising again, it looks highly unlikely that they
will be back to normal in just six weeks' time. October's deadline is a cliff
edge that could lead to a massive spike in unemployment. Labour is calling for
targeted income support to businesses and self employed people in the sectors of
the economy hit hardest hit by the virus. But when Labour's proposal was put to
a vote, the Tories defeated it. The Chancellor says any deviation from his plan
will damage the UK economy. Labour will hold him to that when wage support ends
at the end of October. The reality is that millions of workers losing their jobs
and businesses going bust will have a devastating impact on the economy for far
longer if support is withdrawn too early. Other countries including Germany,
France and Spain are continuing their support for jobs and the economy. It is
reckless and irresponsible of the Government in this country not to do the same.
My Labour colleagues and I will do everything we can to save jobs in the weeks
running up to the Chancellor's furlough cliff edge."
LGA responds to the launch
of the NHS Covid19 App
THE Local Government Association
who represents more than 330 Councils have responded to the forthcoming launch
of the NHS Covid19 app, which will be used to help businesses meet their legal
requirement to record contact details of customers, visitors and staff on their
premises. The Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing
Board, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, said:- "The launch of the NHS Covid19 app will
help residents, visitors and businesses, along with the Councils which support
them, to keep track of and isolate future outbreaks. Councils were among those
who first piloted the app in their local communities and it is right that they
continue to have a pivotal role in managing the local as well as national
response. This new tool will complement and work alongside existing local
contact tracing efforts. As we, unfortunately, continue to see a rise in
infections and the national R rate, we must remain absolutely vigilant and fully
prepared to help prevent a possible second wave of Coronavirus. We urge
everybody to download the app when it becomes available and for businesses to
ready themselves by having their QR code posters in place, so that as many
people as possible are able to play their part in the national effort to defeat
Total UK cases COVID19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
total number of UK
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 3,539 cases and the
total number now stand at 361,677, 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 6 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 41,614.
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
863. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 78. Daily
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 141.
In England, there are a total of 312,276 confirmed cases.
North West - total of 58,837 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
3,255 confirmed cases.
Halton, 804 confirmed cases.
Knowsley, 1,198 confirmed cases.
Sefton, 1,841 confirmed cases.
St. Helens, 1,417 confirmed cases
Wirral, 2,515 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
Blackburn with Darwen, 2,038
Blackpool, 1,143 confirmed cases.
Bolton, 3,047 confirmed cases.
Bury, 1,779 confirmed cases.
Cheshire East, 2,514 confirmed cases.
Cheshire West and Chester, 2,249 confirmed
Lancashire, 9,005 confirmed cases.
Manchester, 4,852 confirmed cases.
Oldham, 3,199 confirmed cases.
Preston, 1,618 confirmed cases.
Rochdale, 2,492 confirmed cases.
Salford, 2,110 confirmed cases.
Stockport, 2,114 confirmed cases.
Tameside, 2,208 confirmed cases.
Trafford, 1,823 confirmed cases.
Warrington, 1,612 confirmed cases.
Wigan, 2,488 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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