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This page last updated on 19 October 2020
Letter to Editor:-
"Please help us find a lost relative"
DEAR Southport and Mersey
Reporter Readers:- "We are writing to you from Canada. I'm reaching out to
all of you, seeking your help in finding a woman who we believe is living in
Liverpool. I (Michel), have been working on genealogy for the last 18 months,
specifically on my great grandfather (grandfather to my mother), and the name of
this unknown woman has come up in my research. We are trying to locate Marjorie
Grace Lloyd Dickenson, born in October 1936, daughter of Geoffrey Trevor
Glanville Lloyd and Christina Constance Smith; or any member of her immediate
family. According to our research, she might have worked at the Whiston Hospital
in 1966, as a Staff Nurse. We would like to share with her or with a member of
her immediate family, part of her family history that is likely unknown to them.
We can be contacted via our email:- MichelW.Fortin@Yahoo.CA. In advance, we
sincerely thank you for your help in our search." Hélène Labine and
Michel Fortin (Canada)
Liverpool City Region
leaders demand 'immediate review' of gym and leisure centre closures
THE Metro Mayor, City Mayor and
Council leaders in Liverpool City Region have asked the Government to conduct an
'immediate review' of their decision to close gyms under Tier 3 restrictions. As
part of the review ministers would need to provide the scientific evidence to
support the Region's gym and leisure centre being closed and if they are unable
to do so, change the law so they can open again. They add that while the
Government conducts any review of gym and leisure centre closures, they continue
to urge everyone to follow the law as it currently stands and will fully support
Merseyside Police in any enforcement activity required. A full copy of the
letter sent to the UK's Prime Minister, on 19 October 2020 is below:-
"We are writing as the Leaders and Mayors of the City Region regarding the
Government's decision to close gyms and leisure centres as part of Liverpool
City Region's tier 3 package.
We are very conscious of the high rates of Coronavirus in our Region and the
pressure this causes our NHS, and have therefore always understood the need for
action to bring the virus under control and protect the health of our residents.
As you will know we were given no choice about the specific package of measures
that would be applied to us, but did ask for assurances that the restrictions in
our area would have the desired effect of impacting on the transmission rate and
take some of the pressure off our NHS, which faces being overwhelmed. To ensure
the measures had the best chance of success, we requested the scientific
evidence to support their imposition.
At no stage did we ask for gyms and leisure centres to be closed; despite
several ministers subsequently erroneously claiming otherwise. Indeed, during
talks we repeatedly questioned why decisions on the suite of regulations were
being taken, specifically pointing to the fitness and mental health benefits
that gyms and leisure centres provide to our residents. Responses to our
requests for the scientific basis for the closure of gyms have, to date, not
Last Friday the Government decided to place Lancashire into Tier 3. However,
gyms there were not required to close. We find this decision perplexing. The
Tier system was supposed to simplify the public's understanding of restrictions
to avoid the confusion of the local lockdown' patchwork quilt.
We simply cannot accept our Region being treated differently to other Tier 3
areas, without robust scientific evidence. These inconsistencies in restrictions
between areas within the same tier risk undermining the new system from the
So today we are writing to request an immediate review of the Government's
decision to close gyms and leisure centres in the Liverpool City Region.
We believe this process should take the following steps:-
1) The Government should provide the scientific evidence that gyms and leisure
centres are in LCR are less safe than elsewhere in the country; or that they are
significantly contributing to the spread of Covid19 in our City Region.
2) If (as we suspect) ministers are not able to provide this evidence, then we
are requesting that the Government amends the regulations passed by parliament
last week; to rescind the inclusion of gyms and leisure centres from the list of
restricted businesses; and allow them to safely re-open, at the earliest
3) Under the legislation passed in Parliament our Tier 3 restrictions have to be
reviewed in 3 weeks' time. If the Government is unable to provide evidence to
justify gyms and leisure centres closures, and is also unable to amend the
regulations before this point, then we ask that you give us the discretionary
power locally to determine that gyms can re-opened at this point.
While this review is undertaken, we will of course continue to urge people to
abide by the letter of the current legislation; and fully support Merseyside
Police in the fantastic work they do to keep people in the City Region safe
We look forward to receiving your response on this important issue."
Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region
Cllr Rob Polhill
Leader of Halton Council
Cllr Graham Morgan
Leader of Knowsley Council
Joe Anderson OBE
Mayor of Liverpool
Cllr Ian Maher
Leader of Sefton Council
Cllr David Baines
Leader of St Helens Council
Cllr Janette Williamson
Leader of Wirral Council
cc Ed Lister
New local testing site
opened in Sefton
A new walk through Coronavirus
testing facility is to open for those with symptoms to book appointments at
Netherton Activity Centre Car Park, Glovers Lane, in Sefton, as part of the
Government's UK wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of
Coronavirus testing for local communities.
Testing is available only 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 or by calling:- 119. From the
start of the pandemic, testing has been prioritised for the most vulnerable,
including patients in clinical settings and care home residents, vital health
and care staff and to manage outbreaks.
The new site is situated so as to be 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 testing 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 started today, on Monday, 19 October 2020, with
appointments made available each day.
The site is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created
in British history, which now includes more than 500 sites available across the
UK, including 78 drive through sites, 202 walk-through sites, 258 mobile units,
home testing and satellite kits and five mega laboratories.
Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test
and Trace to help them track their contacts. This will help people to identify
who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further
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
Health Minister Lord Bethell said:- “We continue to expand testing to make
sure that everyone with symptoms can get a test, with our new walk-in sites
making it even easier no matter where you live. This new site forms part of our
national testing network, which has the capacity to test more than a million
people a week and is growing all the time. 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 around you and stop the spread of the
Baroness Dido Harding, Interim Executive Chair of the National Institute for
Health Protection, said:- “Our new 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 testing across the UK to
deliver 500,000 tests a day by the end of October 2020. 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. Everybody should continue to think
hands, face, space, and follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace if you are
contacted; this is the only way we can return to a more normal way of life.”
The Testing Centre is being operated in partnership with Levy and will offer
self administered tests..
Volunteers needed in
Southport for Christmas food collection
2 charities providing vital food
to people hit by the Covid19 Pandemic are appealing for people across Southport
to help support the UK's biggest food collection this Christmas. From Thursday,
19 November 2020 until Saturday, 21 November 2020 charities FareShare and the
Trussell Trust will be collecting food in Tesco stores across the UK and
Northern Ireland during the annual pre-Christmas Tesco Food Collection.
The need for food to help the food banks and community groups which the 2
charities support is more vital than ever this year given the pressures caused
by Covid19. FareShare are looking for people to volunteer at donation points in
store whilst the Trussell Trust is looking for social media volunteers to share
shopping lists on social media to encourage people to donate.
During the collection customers are encouraged to donate long life food to help
food banks and community groups support people this Christmas. Tesco will top up
customer donations by 20% in cash to aid the 2 charities in their work.
In 2019, 3 million meals were collected as part of the Tesco Food Collection,
and since its launch in 2012, more than 76 million meals have been donated to
the 2 charities by generous Tesco customers.
The volunteers are needed to encourage shoppers to leave their donations in the
collection point at the front of stores, with shoppers more likely to donate if
volunteers are present.
Foodbanks in the Trussell Trust's network are expecting to give out 6 emergency
food parcels every minute this winter.
Gareth Duffield, Trussell Trust's Regional Manager in Merseyside, said:-
“A crisis can often bring out the best in people, and we have been overwhelmed
by the support the UK has shown towards food banks in light of the Coronavirus
outbreak. As we look to the one of the busiest times of the year for food banks
in our network, we would be so grateful if people can share shopping lists of
their local food bank's most needed items on their social media to encourage
friends and family to donate. Together we can make a difference and ensure that
food banks are able to help people in crisis this winter.”
Meanwhile FareShare has tripled the amount of food it has been providing since
the start of the pandemic and will be supplying food to 11,000 front line
charities and community groups supporting people this winter.
FareShare's Development Manager in Merseyside, Ann Dobie, said:- “We know
that many people have already fallen victim to the economic impact of the
pandemic and thousands more are at risk of losing their jobs and livelihoods. We
have seen a huge increase in people turning to their local grassroots community
groups for support and demand for food is more than double pre-pandemic levels.
We would be hugely grateful to anyone who is able to volunteer this year to
encourage more shoppers to donate much needed ambient food to those who need it
Volunteers will need to adhere to the Covid-19 rules in place in the store and
locally when they participate. People interested in volunteering can find out
more and sign up at:-
Total UK cases COVID19 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 18,804 cases and the total number now stand
at 741,212, that includes tests carried out by commercial
partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.
The total number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added
to the total, was sadly reported to be:- 80, 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:- 43,726, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with
Covid19 on the death certificate:- 57,690.
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
5,608. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 592. Daily
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 988.
In England, there are a total of 629,211 confirmed cases.
North West - total of 157,193 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Area and number of confirmed cases:-
LIVERPOOL City Region
6,443 confirmed cases.
1 to 10
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
41 to 50
number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
with Darwen, 4,449 confirmed cases.
2,451 confirmed cases.
4,661 confirmed cases.
and Chester, 4,422 confirmed cases.
23,748 confirmed cases.
15,541 confirmed cases.
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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