Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-11-12

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This page last updated on 12 November 2020

Dangerous crowding and corridor care has returned to Emergency Departments in England

NHS England Performance figures for October 2020 show that patients waiting for treatment on trollies has increased by 50%, with patients waiting longer than 12 hours from decision to admission having quadrupled from September 2020.

The data also shows:-

 Patients waiting longer than 12 hours (from decision to admit) has nearly doubled from the same month last year.

 The proportion of patients attending A&E who require admission is up by 3 percentage points on last year.

 The number of ambulances dispatched by NHS111 is higher than last month.

 Ambulances response times are up on last month and the same month last year.

 Performance of the 4 hour target is down by 4.1% points in type 1 Emergency Departments from last month, with nearly 1 in 4 patients waiting longer than four hours to be seen.

Dr Katherine Henderson, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said:- "I am appalled and alarmed; the data is massively worrying. Despite our repeated calls for action, crowding and corridor care is back and it has to stop. It is a dangerous and unsafe situation that puts enormous pressure on staff and departments and now increases the risk of Hospital acquired infection to patients. We simply cannot leave patients for hours in crowded corridors without social distancing, making infection prevention control measures impossible; potentially exposing them to infections. Hospitals and trusts must, as a necessity, implement and follow strict IPC guidance ensuring staff are using the right PPE and are trained in how to fit it correctly to maximise safety for themselves and their patients. We welcome the news that there will be regular staff tests and look forward to hear how this will be operationalised. We need patients to be confident they are not being seen by staff who might be carrying the virus. But this only tackles part of the problem. To function as it should and provide the best care possible for patients, the Emergency Care system must have good flow. Without it ambulances are stuck waiting to offload patients and paramedics are unable to return to the community; waiting times increase across the board and patients suffer. The recent rise in Covid infections in the community and a rise in general Hospital admissions means there has been an increase in the number of patients in Hospital. We already had a bed base far smaller than required, and the consequence of too few staffed beds is that patients are becoming stranded in EDs, putting them unnecessarily at risk. Hospitals need to be given guidance about how to prioritise the multiple demands they are trying to balance. Winter has only just begun and with the rise in community Covid transmission it is only likely to get worse. We must stop crowding and corridor care now, we must ensure patients and staff are safe, we must ensure there is good flow so ambulances can admit patients into EDs quickly and waiting times are reduced. If these practices continue and we do not act I dread to think of the suffering this winter will bring."

LGA responds to latest weekly test and trace figures

RESPONDING to the publication of the latest NHS Test and Trace and Coronavirus testing figures, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "It remains a huge concern that the national test and trace system is only picking up six out of every ten contacts of people who tested positive, when we need to reach the recommended 80% benchmark to get this virus under control. Local health protection teams have reached 99.1% of contacts who were asked to self isolate, compared to 59% of close contacts managed either online or by Call Centres. We need to do all we can to prevent this second wave from escalating further. Councils across the country have launched their own locally supported contact tracing arrangements, to complement the national system and successfully trace many hard to reach cases. Councils continue to need clearer, more precise information on who they should be trying to contact as soon as possible, including details such as occupation and workplace, alongside the funding and extra personnel to respond quickly to outbreaks."

Plans to further expand number of apprenticeship roles in the 2021

THE Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has been recognised as 1 of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in England in a new table published detailing the country's outstanding apprenticeship employers. Over 400 employers from a wide range of industries and business sectors entered for the inaugural rankings this year with entries independently assessed and the data used to compile a new national leader board of top apprenticeship employers. The Combined Authority made the top 100, after being judged on the number of apprentices currently employed, the number of new apprenticeships created over the last 12 months, the diversity of these new apprentices, and the progression of apprentices onto further apprenticeships and employment. There are 65 staff members at the Combined Authority currently undertaking apprenticeships, with 28 having already completed theirs. There are plans to expand this even further during the current business year.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said:- "Apprenticeships are a crucial way into the world of work as I well know as a former apprentice. I have always backed apprenticeships as a great way for individuals to progress and for businesses to develop the skills they need. It's fantastic that the Combined Authority has been recognised for the early work that we have done to get more apprenticeships into the organisation, but this is only the start. I've committed to guarantee a job, training or apprenticeship opportunity to anybody under the age of 25 and I'd encourage businesses to talk to us about the support we can give to help take on apprentices or expand what they are currently doing. This recognition complements the work that we have already done to develop the online resource "Be More", a one stop shop for apprentices and employers, and in supporting large companies to transfer their unspent Apprenticeship Levy to smaller organisations."

Peter Mucklow, Director, Apprenticeships, Education and Skills Funding Agency added:- "During such a difficult year it is encouraging to see that apprenticeships continue to be critical to business performance and success. This announcement shows that there are outstanding employers delivering apprenticeships across all sectors, and the Top 100 apprenticeship employer rankings rightly give recognition and thanks to those who have shown, and continue to show, huge commitment to apprenticeships. I look forward to seeing how these 100 employers use their status to showcase the many benefits of apprenticeships, whilst encouraging other employers to consider recruiting an apprentice."

Beginning in 2020, the annual rankings have been developed by the National Apprenticeship Service, in partnership with High Fliers Research. They showcase the nation's Top 100 employers that have done the most to provide successful apprenticeships over the previous 12 months. Apprenticeship employers from many different industries and sectors appear in the Top 100 including the public sector, the 3rd sector, Hospitality, telecommunications and accountancy. More information can be found on the Top 100 by visiting the website.

Mr Esterson has spoken up for the "Excluded" group several times in Parliament

SEFTON Central MP Bill Esterson called on a Government Minister to take his words back to the heart of Government as he spoke out in support of a group referring to themselves as:- "The Excluded."  The Excluded group includes workers and business owners who have not been able to access any meaningful Government support during the Coronavirus Pandemic, such as company:- Directors, Freelancers and those who were between jobs at the beginning of March 2020. Mr Esterson said too many people; it is estimated that over 3 million people across the UK have been affected in this way; did not qualify for any support. In a debate on Covid19, within the House of Commons, on Wednesday, 11 November 2020, he asked the Health Minister Edward Argar, while he was outlining some of the financial support packages that are in place, to give way so that he could raise his point.

Mr Esterson told the House:- "Of course it is right that the furlough scheme and the support for the self employed should be reinstated at the levels they were in March, but the Minister will know; everyone will know; that there are a great many people in our country who did not qualify for the furlough scheme or the self employed scheme or whose businesses did not qualify for grants at the start and still do not. May I take this opportunity to remind him that a great many people in this country are still without financial support and will find it increasingly difficult to make it through the coming weeks and months? Will he take that message back to his colleagues across the Government?"

Mr Argar responded:- "I am grateful to the Hon. Gentleman for the way in which he makes his points, which is, as ever, measured and reasonable. As I have said, I entirely understand; as anyone in this House will, from looking at their own casework and their constituents' letters; the situations that some people still find themselves in, despite the unprecedented package of support that has been put in place. I know that he would not expect me to speak for the Chancellor of the Exchequer, but I know that my right hon. Friend will have heard the point that he has made. Indeed, other Members of this House have made it on other occasions on behalf of their constituents."

Following the debate Mr Esterson said:- "Company directors need help with their income just as much as the self employed and furloughed workers. Many people who were between jobs in March has been affected as well, if their new role fell through and their old employer refused to take them back on to furlough them. Freelancers who are paid via short term PAYE contracts have suffered. Many self employed don't qualify for support because they haven't been self employed long enough or earned just above the cut off set by the government. They all have bills to pay. They all need to put food on the table. Why does the Chancellor think some people need 80 per cent of their normal income to survive, while others are referred to universal credit, and many more don't even qualify for that? This is a growing injustice and the government must provide a fair way forward."

Mr Esterson has spoken up the "excluded" several times in Parliament and has written to the Chancellor on behalf of dozens of constituents.

Deadline for nominations extended in the 2020 Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards

THE deadline for nominations for the 2020 Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards has been extended to Monday, 16 November 2020, to ensure as many nominations as possible in what has been a tough year for the sector. Nearly 450 nominations have been received so far, more than the total for 2019's inaugural awards, in a huge show of support for the cultural sector, which has suffered a massive impact in the face of Covid19. The deadline has been extended to enable as many people to nominate and show their support as possible. 2 new award categories have been created to celebrate those who have found new and innovative ways to be creative during this difficult year. These new awards; Covid19 Creative Response (organisation) and Covid19 Creative Response (individual) are to recognise and acknowledge individuals and organisations who have used culture and creativity to make a significant impact on people's lives during the Covid19 pandemic.

Ian Maher, The Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism and The Visitor Economy at the Combined Authority and Leader of Sefton Council said:- "We are welcoming entries from all over the City Region and proud to be involved especially in this, Sefton's year as Borough of Culture. The fact that we've already seen so many nominations just shows how important this sector is to our lives, particularly in difficult times. I'm sure the judges will have a challenging job when it comes to assessing this year's finalists. Culture and creativity is something that can keep us all going in these tough circumstances and there has been much to celebrate across our six local authority areas. If you know of a group or organisation that you feel has gone above and beyond within your community this year, why not let us know by nominating them? It's a great way to show them how much they have meant to people."

The judging panel has also now been finalised and announced as:-

 Phil Redmond - Chair of the Culture Partnership.

 Maggie O' Carroll - Co-Chair of the Culture Partnership.

 Michelle Charters - CEO, Kuumba Imani Centre.

 Alastair Machray - Editor.

 Claire McColgan - Director of Culture, Liverpool City Council.

 Professor Dinah Birch - Pro-Vice Chancellor for Cultural Engagement, University of Liverpool.

 David Eddy - Localities Team Manager, Sefton Council.

 Sam Wade - Arts Co-ordinator Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and Head of Young People's Programmes Dada Fest.

 Alicia Smith - Arts and Participation Manager, Culture Liverpool.

 Jane Beardsworth - Senior Manager North, Arts Council England.

The Culture and Creativity awards were created as part of the Metro Mayor's% for Culture initiative, to recognise the value and power for change that the arts, cultural and creative sector can bring in reinforcing the City Region as 1 of the most vibrant and exciting places to:- live, work, study, visit or do business. The 2020 awards will recognise arts and cultural events, innovation and creative activity that has taken place within the Liverpool City Region during the period 1 April 2019 to 12 November 2020. Nominations can be made by an individual, organisation, business, group or partnership that, has demonstrated outstanding creative achievement through cultural activity at a local, Borough or Liverpool City Region level. Groups or individuals can nominate themselves.

Nominations for the following categories are being particularly welcomed:-

 Impact Award - Future World of Work.

 Impact Award - Sustainable Business in the Arts.

 Impact Award - Environmental Sustainability.

 Impact Award - International Reach.

Sefton's Borough of Culture:- 'Star of the Year' - Nominees must live, study and / or work in the Liverpool City Region (eg:- Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) or have created work / projects that significantly benefit the residents or visitors to the Liverpool City Region and/or has positively contributed to the development of the local economy. The judging panel will shortlist the finalists for each category from the nominations received. For the:- 'People's Choice Award' - Outstanding Contribution  to Culture, the Liverpool City Region community will then be able to vote for their chosen winner. The vote opens in the New Year, ahead of the digital ceremony, in February 2021. For more information about the categories and how to nominate or apply to be considered please go to:- LiverpoolCityRegion-CA.Gov.UK.

President's Award winners recognised for outstanding service to CLA

3 members of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) have been rewarded for their outstanding loyalty and service after winning the President's Award 2020. In the North Region, farmer Jim Webster from Barrow in Furness has been recognised. Allan Buckwell, Caroline Cranbrook and Jim Webster were recognised for their continuous support and dedication to the CLA, which represents 30,000 rural businesses across England and Wales. Over the years, they have regularly represented the CLA at a number of meetings and committees, offering insight and advice on agricultural issues. The successful nominees will receive their awards (virtually) at the Association's AGM, on 12 November 2020.

President Mark Bridgeman, who judged the awards for the 1st time, said:- "Our members work extremely hard to champion, protect and enhance the rural economy, and the President's Award is a great way of showing our appreciation to those who go the extra mile. This year's winners have shown tremendous dedication to the CLA over the years and deserve this recognition. They are all worthy winners and it will be a great honour to congratulate them during our AGM."

Recognising Jim Webster's contribution, CLA Director North Dorothy Fairburn said:- "Jim has been actively involved in the CLA for nearly 2 decades, having been both Chair of the CLA's Cumbria Branch Committee, and serving on the CLA's national Agriculture and Land Use Committee. As a straight talking muddy boots farmer, he always puts his points across, he always puts his points across in a colourful way, particularly on behalf of livestock farmers in the Lake District. I am delighted that Jim has been recognised via the President's Award, especially since he continues to contribute to our Cumbria Branch Committee."

Postal workers across the North West set for a bumper year as almost a quarter plan to gift them a:- "Christmas thank you"

RELEASED on 11 November 2020, new research that was commissioned by curated online marketplace Not On The High Street has found that the pandemic has brought posties closer to their communities in the North West than ever before, 22% are now talking to their postie more than they did before lockdown in March 2020. 21% in the North West say they plan to give their postie a Christmas gift this year, with many doing so for the 1st time.

46% in the Region say that they have relied on their postie more than usual since lockdown as they have sent and received more post, with 39% relying on things they have ordered to cheer themselves up and 16% saying that they're happy postie makes them feel happy, too.

The research has uncovered just how much the nation has valued their daily postie visit since March's lockdown with 1.9m Brits now going so far as to call their postie a friend. With 11% now saying that receiving post is the most exciting part of their day, 12% rely on them as a familiar face to see every day, and over 1.5m Brits say they rely on their postie to stop them from being lonely. It's no surprise then that 15% of the nation now know their postie by name, the highest of all the community workers tested.

Postal workers have worked harder than ever to keep people connected and small businesses thriving during the pandemic; with 59% of British adults appreciating postal workers more as a result. Thanks to their ongoing deliveries under extraordinary circumstances, 21% of the nation will gift their postal worker this year as a thank you. In fact, they're planning to spend £487m on gifts for Britain's key workers overall, including:- nurses and teachers as their essential work during the pandemic continues.

In a bid to celebrate the work of Britain's postal workers, Not On The High Street is giving people the opportunity to show appreciation for their postie and encouraging Brits to nominate their local postal worker to receive the ultimate Christmas thank you package in:- '#TheMagicOfSmallThings' campaign, that is celebrating the small, thoughtful things that make all the difference. The move follows Royal Mail's Thumbs Up For Your Postie campaign earlier this year, where customers were encouraged to show their appreciation for their postie in a socially distanced way with a friendly thumbs up.

Those who make a nomination will also have the chance to bag one of 5,000 'postie packs' for free; with Not On The High Street encouraging Brits to:- 'reverse post' the 'postie pack' to their postal worker through their letterbox. Each pack contains a chocolate bar made by a small business and an:- 'ode to the postie' and will be available from 10 November 2020, until stocks run out. Visit NotOnTheHighStreet.Com/Thank-Your-Postie, to nominate posties, and redeem a postie gift.

Ella d'Amato, Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer at Not On The High Street said:- "We've been supporting small businesses since 2006, but this year has been like no other in our history as customers have chosen to shop small for more than just gifts. Whether it's showing a loved one you're thinking of them or cherishing a cozy moment at home, the UK's postal workers have been integral in keeping the nation connected and allowing our small businesses to continue trading this year. It's this sentiment that will carry the spirit of Christmas in 2020 and why we've chosen to celebrate #TheMagicOfSmallThings: the small, thoughtful things that make all the difference. We hope that our free gifts for much loved posties and unique gifts from the UK's best small businesses will provide some much needed joy to people this festive season; no matter who they are."

Singer Ronan Keating, who is working with Not On The High Street to celebrate UK posties, said:- "It's amazing to see how many people are planning to give a little thanks to this Christmas to posties who have been vital in keeping us smiling this year. As we head into the festive season under lockdown, I couldn't be happier to be helping Not On The High Street celebrate postal workers who are going to be busier than ever helping to keep the nation feeling connected."

Total UK cases Covid19 cases in and around Liverpool City Region

THE latest UK 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:- 33,470 cases and the total number now stand at:- 1,290,195 that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

THhe total number of Covid19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be:- 595, 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:- 50,365, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with Covid19 on the death certificate:- 61,648.

The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:- 14,030. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 1,268 Daily number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 1,668.

In England, there are a total of:- 1,104,143 confirmed cases. North West - total of:- 262,069 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


 Liverpool City Region

Liverpool, 21,535 confirmed cases.


Halton, 4,076 confirmed cases.


Knowsley, 7,172 confirmed cases. 89
Sefton, 9,417 confirmed cases.


St. Helens, 6,733 confirmed cases.


Wirral, 9,205 confirmed cases.


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


 Blackburn with Darwen, 8,250 confirmed cases.

 Blackpool, 4,500 confirmed cases.

 Bolton, 12,937 confirmed cases.

 Bury, 8,331 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire East, 7,646 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire West and Chester, 7,498 confirmed cases.

 Lancashire, 40,171 confirmed cases.

 Manchester, 24,401 confirmed cases.

 Oldham, 12,581 confirmed cases.

 Preston, 6,140 confirmed cases.

 Rochdale, 10,557 confirmed cases.

 Salford, 11,199 confirmed cases.

 Stockport, 9,090 confirmed cases.

 Tameside, 8,896 confirmed cases.

 Trafford, 7,868 confirmed cases.

 Warrington, 7,338 confirmed cases

 Wigan, 14,067 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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