Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-11-16

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This page last updated on 16 November 2020

Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses instructed to close

IN Sefton, the 'Local Restrictions Support Grant' applications have now opened. The Grant is aimed at helping businesses that have had to close due to the Government’s national lockdown, running from 5 November until 2 December 2020, or if your business has had to remain closed on a national basis since 23 March 2020, check your eligibility.

This currently only covers businesses that were required to close under Tier 3 restrictions, including pubs not serving main meals, as well as:- betting shops, casinos, adult gaming centres, and soft play areas, from 14 October to 4 November 2020. These will be entitled to separate payment for that 3 week period and Sefton Councils Invest in Sefton will consider this as part of your application.

Full details of eligibility and an application form can be found on the Council's website.

A new COVID19 local testing site has opened in Liverpool

A new Walk Through Coronavirus testing facility has opened for those with symptoms to book appointments at Conleach Road Car Park, Speke, in Liverpool, as part of the Government’s UK wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of Coronavirus testing for local communities.

Testing is only available for those with Coronavirus symptoms; a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Anyone with one or more of these symptoms should book a test at:- NHS.UK/Coronavirus or by calling:- 119. The government is committed to continue expanding the capacity of the network of UK Test Sites and laboratories to make it even easier to get tested and reduce the time it takes to receive test results.

The new site is situated so it is easily accessible without a car. Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including:- social distancing, not travelling by Taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout, including while travelling to and from the Testing Centre.

Anyone attending an appointment at a Walk Through Test Site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the Test Site safely, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.

Testing at the new site has started, on Monday, 16 November 2020, with appointments made available each day.

The site is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history which has the capacity to process more than 500,000 tests a day and includes more than 600 sites across the UK, including:- 79 drive through sites, 316 Walk Through sites, 258 Mobile Units, Home Testing and Satellite Kits and 5 Lighthouse Laboratories.

Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them trace their contacts. This will help to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.

Close contacts of those testing positive will also hear from NHS Test and Trace, asking them to stay at home for 14 days to prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus. They will be advised to also book a test if they develop symptoms.

Health Minister Lord Bethell said:- "To respond to the Coronavirus, we have built a major testing and tracing system from scratch. We are constantly working to expand and improve it with new technologies and innovations so everyone with symptoms can get a test. New Walk In sites like this one makes it even easier to get a test no matter where you live. If you have symptoms of Coronavirus, I urge you to book a test today and follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace if you are contacted to protect others and stop the spread of the virus."

Baroness Dido Harding, Interim Executive Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, said:- "Walk through sites offer communities better access to Coronavirus testing, so everyone with symptoms can get a test. This new site is part of our ongoing work to expand our testing network across the UK which now has the capacity to process more than 500,000 tests a day. We will continue to expand capacity to improve test turnaround times and push forward testing innovations to make sure anyone who needs a test can get 1. Please book a test if you have Coronavirus symptoms: a new continuous cough, a high temperature and a loss or change in sense of smell or taste, and follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace if you are contacted."

The testing centre is being operated in partnership with Levy and will offer self administered tests.

Woodchurch Road Primary School support staff to take strike action over cuts to hours

21 Wirral School workers have announced that they will take strike action, on Thursday, 3 December 2020, over Woodchurch Primary School's proposal to cut their hours and pay by up to 20%. The School Support Staff; who stand to lose out as much as ₤3,885 in pay every year; voted 100% in favour of the strike. The Teaching Assistants and Play Workers, who had previously received the backing of local MP Mick Whitley, are supported by parents of School children and the local community.

The School staff held an online meeting which has now been watched by almost 2000 people. The School staff's trade union UNISON says that the meeting showed the:- "overwhelming support" for the Woodchurch workers and the opposition to the proposed cuts.

Speaking at the meeting, parent Amina Hussein said:- "I have 2 children who attend the School. The staff are fabulous but they cannot provide the same support in less time. I say to Wirral Council they should stop these cuts and give my children the support that they deserve."

Following the meeting, Wirral UNISON has launched a petition to oppose the cuts which can be accessed here.

Wirral UNISON branch secretary David Jones said:- "A 100% vote in favour of strike action shows the strength of feeling amongst our members. The fantastic turnout for our meeting shows that the parents and the community are outraged about these pay cuts and the potential impact upon their children's education. We urge the Council to enter into meaningful dialogue with us to stop these cuts."

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:- 21,363 cases and the total number now stand at:- 1,390,681 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:- 213, 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:- 52,147, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with Covid19 on the death certificate:- 61,648.

The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:- 14,915. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 1,355 Daily number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 1,843.

The latest UK R number is estimated at 1.1 to 1.2 with a daily infection growth rate range of +1% to +3%. In England, there are a total of:- 1,194,402 confirmed cases. North West - total of:- 277,818 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, 22,732 confirmed cases.


Halton, 4,227 confirmed cases.


Knowsley, 7,395 confirmed cases. 34
Sefton, 9,826 confirmed cases.


St. Helens, 7,025 confirmed cases.


Wirral, 9,469 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, 8,683 confirmed cases.

 Blackpool, 4,709 confirmed cases.

 Bolton, 13,551 confirmed cases.

 Bury, 8,696 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire East, 7,847 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire West and Chester, 7,947 confirmed cases.

 Lancashire, 42,241 confirmed cases.

 Manchester, 28,550 confirmed cases.

 Oldham, 13,295 confirmed cases.

 Preston, 6,510 confirmed cases.

 Rochdale, 11,193 confirmed cases.

 Salford, 12,258 confirmed cases.

 Stockport, 9,456 confirmed cases.

 Tameside, 9,491 confirmed cases.

 Trafford, 8,014 confirmed cases.

 Warrington, 7,487 confirmed cases

 Wigan, 14,780 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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