Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-09-18

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This page last updated on 18 September 2020

Liverpool City Region - Statement on increased Covid19 restrictions

SPEAKING following the Government announcement of increased restrictions across the Region, Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, said:- "Since Merseyside was identified last week as an 'area of concern,' there has been a growing expectation that increased restrictions would be put in place for our Region. We now know that these new restrictions will come in to force from Tuesday next week. With Covid19 cases still increasing rapidly, we must do everything we can to curb rising infection rates and protect our families, communities and businesses. That means that these increased restrictions are now a regrettable, but necessary step. I know that this will be difficult for us all, but we simply cannot afford to see the progress we have made over the last few months derailed and for our communities and businesses to suffer more than they already have. Please be absolutely clear: we are already seeing Hospital admissions increase, putting pressure on our NHS and we can't allow this to reach the crisis levels we saw during national lockdown. We must all stop, think and do the right thing, or we will risk seeing infection rates spiral out of control, more tragic and avoidable deaths and a more drastic and damaging lockdown across our Region. There is still time for us to stop this from happening. Our City Region is renowned for being kind, friendly and community spirited. We now need to stick to those principles, respect these new restrictions and make sure that we look out for one another."

What are the new restrictions?

Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens.

Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only.

Late night operating hours will be restricted, with leisure and entertainment venues including:- restaurants, pubs, and cinemas, required to close, between 10pm to 5am.

Residents are also advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:-

Only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to School or work.

Avoid attending amateur and semi professional sporting events as spectators.

We are waiting to receive the regulations outlining the detailed advice, guidance and legislation in full. Further information will be shared with residents and businesses as it becomes available from national Government.

Sefton Council Leader responds to Merseyside Covid19 restriction announcement

SEFTON Council's Leader, Cllr Ian Maher, has responded to the news that the Government has announced new restrictions for Merseyside and Sefton from Tuesday 22 September, in the light of rising numbers of confirmed Covid19 cases across the City Region. Cllr Maher said:- "I know people will be concerned at this news, but with infection rates rising in people of all ages across our communities, it is important that we all make every effort to restrict the spread of the virus and these new measures will support that. This means not socialising with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens. It means pubs, bars and restaurants stick to table service only for food and drink and that these establishments, along with cinemas, have to close at 10pm.”

The new restrictions also mean people should only use public transport for essential purposes such as travelling to School or work, and should not attend amateur and semi professional sporting events as spectators. Cllr Maher continued:- "As I have said previously, the Council is really appreciative of all the efforts and sacrifices made by Sefton's population and the Borough's business to protect vulnerable people across our communities. Now we are relying on our residents and businesses to continue working with us and to follow these new restrictions to prevent tighter measures being re-introduced. Since the start of the pandemic, we have been working with our partners to support vulnerable people across the Borough and we are reviewing the measures we have in place to support them, including those people who were previously shielding"

Cllr Maher stressed the need for people to continue with social distancing, follow the guidelines on wearing masks and face coverings and to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly. He also called on Sefton's businesses to ensure they are protecting their customers and staff by having all the required measures in place, including Test and Trace arrangements at pubs, bars and restaurants, in addition to the newly-announced restrictions.

Earlier this week, Cllr Maher also joined The Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region and the Leaders of four Cheshire Local Authorities in calling on the Government urgently to deploy more Covid19 testing capacity in the Region.

They said. that an immediate increase in testing capacity is now urgently needed to protect the most vulnerable members of the community, ensure that our key workers can continue to work and avoid further local lockdowns.

Cllr Maher added:- “I have written to the Minister in the strongest possible terms to express my disappointment and frustration over the lack of testing in Sefton. Testing is vital to helping prevent the spread of Coronavirus and we need those people who develop the Coronavirus symptoms of a high temperature, 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. To make an appointment at their nearest available Test Centre or order a Home Testing Kit, they need to visit:- NHS.UK/Coronavirus or call:- 119.”

Cllr Maher also said it is vitally important that if any Sefton residents are contacted by the Test and Trace programme, they comply with the requests of the contact tracers and stay home if they are asked to do so.

North West Ambulance Service Annual General Meeting

THE effect of COVID-19 has been felt by everyone all over the world, not least by those who work for the NHS. But for those outside of the NHS it can be hard to imagine just how healthcare providers coped with the pressures of the global pandemic. North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) NHS Trust has created a short film to give an insight into its response to Covid19 which will be debuted at the service's Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held, on Tuesday, 22 September 2020, 10.30am to 11.30am. Chairman Peter White and Chief Executive Daren Mochrie will showcase the work of NWAS, highlighting both achievements and challenges during 2019/20 and outlining plans for the future. Director of Finance, Carolyn Wood will present the trust's financial accounts. Anyone can join the AGM and, for the 1st time ever, it will be held virtually so wherever you are in the North West; or beyond; you can tune in to find out more about your Ambulance service, with the chance to ask questions. The AGM will be hosted via Microsoft Teams. Just register your attendance on Eventbrite and you will be emailed joining instructions prior to the event.

LGA responds to the extra ₤546m infection control social care funding

SOUTHPORT BID are reminding businesses within Southport that Sefton Council has joined forces with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to build upon the work that has already been done to make sure the Borough's businesses are Covid Secure. From Monday, 21 September 2020, to help tackle the spread of Coronavirus, spot checks will be carried out on businesses in the Borough, in order to ensure they are managing their Covid19 response and control measures in line with current UK Government guidelines.

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 4,322 cases and the total number now stand at 385,936, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

The number of Covid19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 27 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 41,732.

The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:- 1,020. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 127. Daily number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 134.

In England, there are a total of 332,984 confirmed cases. North West - total of 65,710 confirmed cases.

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

Area and number of confirmed cases:- Risen by:-  
Liverpool, 3,947 confirmed cases.


Halton, 958 confirmed cases.


Knowsley, 1,408 confirmed cases.


Sefton, 2,040 confirmed cases.


St. Helens, 1,637 confirmed cases



Wirral, 2,891 confirmed cases.


Colour Key:- 0  1 to 10 11 to 20 21 to 30  31 to 40 41 to 50 51 to100 100 over  

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

Blackburn with Darwen, 2,234 confirmed cases.

Blackpool, 1,215 confirmed cases.

Bolton, 3,691 confirmed cases.

Bury, 2,022 confirmed cases.

Cheshire East, 2,633 confirmed cases.

Cheshire West and Chester, 2,365 confirmed cases.

Lancashire, 9,984 confirmed cases.

Manchester, 5,479 confirmed cases.

Oldham, 3,514 confirmed cases.

Preston, 1,829 confirmed cases.

Rochdale, 2,727 confirmed cases.

Salford, 2,417 confirmed cases.

Stockport, 2,307 confirmed cases.

Tameside, 2,461 confirmed cases.

Trafford, 1,954 confirmed cases.

Warrington, 1,861 confirmed cases

Wigan, 2,727 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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