UK parents urged to warn
student children don't assume it's Covid if they fall ill at
PARENTS of UK
students are being urged to ensure their children don't confuse
Covid-19 with other killer diseases such as meningitis. The
message, from the meningitis charity, Meningitis Now, comes as
thousands of young people prepare to leave home for University
for the 1st time.
Dr Tom Nutt, CEO at Meningitis Now said:- "With as many as
half a million students setting up home, often in Halls of
Residence, in the coming months, many Universities will be
expecting the usual health issues such as Fresher's Flu and
hangovers to be complicated by Covid-19 this year and all will
be taking measures to help prevent it. But what about
meningitis?" The harsh reality is that some students will
contract meningitis whilst at Uni this coming autumn and how
easy will it be to put a headache and feeling unwell down to
Covid-19 and self isolate? And whilst this is the correct
response for Covid-19, it could be disastrous if the illness is
meningitis. When meningitis strikes it does so quickly and any
delay in diagnosis or treatment can cost lives. Our message to
parents as they battle with the uncertainties of University
starting dates, online tutorials, and living arrangements, is to
be certain about meningitis and to ensure that their children
are aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis and that if
they are feeling unwell they shouldn't simply assume it's
Covid-19 or a hangover and that they should seek medical help
immediately by calling NHS 111 or their GP."
19 year old Ben, a student at the University of Portsmouth,
knows how quickly meningitis can strike having contracted
meningococcal B in November 2019. Keen to pursue a career as a
Naval Officer, Ben was just one month into College when he
became unwell, disorientated, and confused. He was told that it
was a hangover. Ben, who had been given the MenACWY vaccine, had
contracted MenB; a strain of the disease he was not vaccinated
against. The quick thinking and speedy action of his flatmates
saved his life. Ben has now recovered fully and intends to
restart his University studies this autumn.
Ben's mother, Arlene de Souza commented that:- "Being told
that our son was the sickest patient in the Hospital, will live
with me forever. The outcome for Ben could have been very
different if he and his mates had also been dealing with the
added confusion of Covid-19. Ben has been lucky."
The student environment is the perfect breeding ground for
diseases such as meningitis, as large groups of people start to
cohabit and mix for the first time; some of whom will
unknowingly be carrying the bug that causes this disease. This
is further exacerbated by the fact that up to a quarter of 15 to
24 year olds carry meningococcal bacteria in the back of their
throats, compared to one in 10 of the general population.
Whilst many students going to University or College this year
are likely to have been protected against MenACWY, having
received the vaccine at School, up to half a million people aged
up to the age of 25, may have missed this important jab, and
very few will have been vaccinated against MenB; a strain that
causes most cases of bacterial meningitis in the UK.
Metro Mayor Announces New
Network for LCR Residents Aged 55 and Over
A final call is being made for Liverpool firms to apply for cash
from the Government’s COVID-19 business support schemes. The closing date for applications to the Small Business Grant
and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant funds is Friday, 28
A 1 off ₤10,000 cash grant is available to businesses active
as of 11 March 2020, and registered for business rates in receipt of
small business rate relief (SBRR) with a rateable value of up to
A 1 off, cash grant of either ₤10,000 or ₤25,000 is also
available for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses active
as of 11 March 2020, registered for business rates with a rateable
value below ₤51,000.
Deputy Mayor and Mayoral lead for business, Cllr Gary Millar,
said:- "Liverpool really wants every single business that is
eligible to apply for this funding. It will help give them a
better chance of survival through the pandemic; and that also
means keeping more businesses and jobs going. We know that the over
₤105 million we have already distributed
has been an absolute lifeline to many thousands of firms and it
is vital that every company that can apply, should apply, before
time runs out. This is money for Liverpool firms that does not have to be paid
back by those companies, and has no conditions attached as long
as they meet the criteria. But if the money is not claimed we are not allowed to spend it
on anything else and will be forced to return what’s remaining
to the national Government. So, if we want this money to stay in
Liverpool to benefit our local economy it is crucial that we all
help spread the word in the coming days. Thank you for that help and please take care and stay safe."
Qualifying businesses for this specific
Cafes, restaurants, takeaways and drinking establishments.
Cinemas, music venues and nightclubs.
Gyms, leisure and sports facilities.
Estate agents and letting agents.
Betting shops and bingo halls.
Hotels and guest houses.
Liverpool City Council has already distributed ₤100 million to
8,150 businesses; but is now writing to around 950 companies
who have yet to apply with a final reminder.
The claims process is simple and straightforward and can be
The Council has also given out a further ₤5 million in
discretionary grants to organisations who do not meet the
criteria for the Government schemes.
Anyone living in the Liverpool City Region and aged 55 and above
can join the network by visiting:-
LiverpoolCityRegion-CA.Gov.UK. Members choose how much
they want to get involved and can opt out at any time.
LGA Respincs to NHS
Confederation report on Social Care
Government Association (LGA) who represents more than 330
Councils of all types across England has responded to an NHS
Confederation report, calling for a comprehensive and funded
plan to support Social Care. Adult Social Care's 7 principles
for reform can be read by visiting:-
Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing
Board, said:- "The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted
the incredibly valuable role of Social Care in its own right and
why it is more important than ever before that we find a long
term and sustainable funding solution, so that people of all
ages can live the life they want to lead. Social Care deserves
parity of esteem with the NHS. Every pound invested in Council
run services, including Social Care, helps to relieve pressure
on the health service which as this report states is facing a
huge backlog of operations. We have established our own set of
principles, with support from a number of prominent
organisations across the health and care sector, to help inform
and underpin the Government's thinking on the future of adult
Social Care in this country. The Government and other parties
need to begin cross party talks on the future of adult Social
Care, as soon as possible."
Metro and City Mayors demand
clarity and financial support for educational institutions and
students awaiting results and places
THE Metro Mayor
of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram and the Mayor of
Liverpool Joe Anderson have written to the Education Secretary
requesting clarity and financial support for Higher Education
institutions and students who have not secured their places for
study for the 2020/2021 Year.
The Mayors met with Higher Education bodies in the City Region
this week and have written to Gavin Williamson asking urgently
Information to students,
Universities, Schools and Colleges, on when and how they may
expect results, and clarity on which students can gain entry to
their choice of University.
The cap for urgently needed
medical and dental School places to be lifted for 2020 entry,
allowing more students to take up places to read medicine and
This is in line with a call by the Royal College of Physicians
for a doubling of medical student places by 2029 and would both
allow the UK to benefit from additional Doctors as soon as
possible and avoid the inevitable disadvantage to Year 12
students applying to medical courses for 2021 entry.
The UK has fewer Doctors per head of population than most other
countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development (OECD) and Cities like Liverpool, already coping
with significant unmet health needs and health inequality, will
be the 1st to benefit from this levelling up.
The full letter to the Secretary of State for Education, Hon
Gavin Williamson MP, that was send on 19 August 2020 reads:-
"Dear Secretary of State...
Re: Pressure on the higher education sector.
We are writing to
you to outline our serious concerns about the pressure on the
higher education sector following the decision to award centre
We wholly welcome the decision to award centre assessment grades
and believe this is the right decision for students across the
country. However, these proposals must come with clarity, and
appropriate resource for our higher education institutions so
they can respond to the changing demand for places. We know our
higher education partners are now operating under increasing
pressure as a result of decisions announced with no prior
Our primary concern is that we can make the opportunities of
higher education as widely available as possible for students
across the City of Liverpool and the Liverpool City Region. To
achieve this we believe three things must now happen. Firstly,
information to students, Universities, and Schools and Colleges,
on when they may expect results, how they will be provided, and
the processes through which students can gain entry to their
choice of University, should be made clear and unambiguous. Our
local institutions have been providing regular updates and it is
important Government and its agencies do likewise. Secondly, we
know there are specific pressures within medical and dental
courses, which are capped.
We urge the Departments of Education and Health and Social Care
to turn this crisis into an opportunity. The Royal College of
Physicians and others have long called for a doubling of medical
student places by 2029and this urgent need has only been
exacerbated by Brexit. Raising the cap and funding additional
places this year, rather than deferring students who have now
achieved their offer to 2021, will both allow the UK to benefit
from additional Doctors as soon as possible and will reduce
inequities between cohorts, by avoiding the inevitable
disadvantage to Year 12 students applying to medical courses for
You will be aware that the UK has fewer Doctors per head of
population than most other countries in the Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Cities like
Liverpool, already coping with significant unmet health needs
and health inequality, will be the 1st to benefit from this
levelling up. Such an investment would also contribute to the
economic vision we have for our knowledge and health tech
sectors in the City.
The decision by the Royal College of Physicians to locate RCP
North in Liverpool is vote of confidence in the City's future in
these sectors. Government support for increased medical
education would be a powerful contribution to our post Covid
economic recovery plans. Finally, we know that our education
institutions are operating in an environment of increasing
financial pressure. The Government's restructuring regime
already has contingencies for financial failure, but we should
now seize the opportunity to capture this additional demand; not
act as a last resort.
We now ask the Government to release additional funding to
support institutions to absorb additional demand where they can
and offset wider uncertainty in the system. The urgency of this
situation cannot be overstated.
We are therefore requesting that you and the Department
intervene to provide clarity, push for additional capacity, and
seek to provide our University partners with appropriate
support. We stand ready to support our local education
institutions and we hope the Department will do likewise."
Total UK cases COVID-19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
THE total number
of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been
laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 812 cases and
the total number now stand at 321,098, that includes tests
carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the
4 National totals.
The number of daily COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the
total, was sadly reported to be 16 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 41,397.
The number of COVID-19
patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
895. The current number of COVID-19
patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK
73. Daily number of COVID-19 patients
admitted to UK Hospitals:-
In England, there are a total of 276,809 confirmed cases. North
West - total of 50,280 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory
the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
2,725 confirmed cases.
Halton, 730 confirmed cases.
1,063 confirmed cases.
St. Helens, 1,263
Wirral, 2,106 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory
cases within Local Authorities around
the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Blackburn with Darwen, 1,705 confirmed cases.
Blackpool, 1,084 confirmed cases.
Bolton, 2,185 confirmed cases.
Bury, 1,489 confirmed cases.
Cheshire East, 2,330 confirmed cases.
Cheshire West and Chester, 2,098 confirmed cases.
Lancashire, 7,769 confirmed cases.
Manchester, 3,885 confirmed cases.
Oldham, 2,675 confirmed cases.
Rochdale, 2,103 confirmed cases.
Salford, 1,678 confirmed cases.
Stockport, 1,926 confirmed cases.
Tameside, 1,804 confirmed cases.
Trafford, 1,574 confirmed cases.
Warrington, 1,394 confirmed
Wigan, 2,257 confirmed cases.
Areas within England which are currently in Lockdown or
have Enhanced Restrictions imposed on them:-
Blackburn with Darwen
City of Manchester
Daily reported COVID deaths are now measured across the UK
as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the 1st
laboratory confirmed positive COVID test.