Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-09-23

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This page last updated on 23 September 2020

CLA urges rural tourism businesses to comply with track and trace requirements

THE Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is urging rural tourism and hospitality businesses to ensure they comply with a legal requirement (in force from tomorrow) to display a QR code so that guests can ‘check-in' using the NHS track and trace app. From 24 September 2020, venues which have visitors for an extended period such as:- restaurants, pubs, providers of guest accommodation, heritage attractions must have a system in place to request and record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff to help break the chains of transmission of Coronavirus. A full list of venue types can be accessed here. Venues must display an official NHS QR code poster at their entrance, or at the point of service to enable customers and visitors to scan the NHS QR code when they arrive by using the NHS Covid19 app. Organisations must have a system for individuals who do not have a smartphone or the NHS Covid19 app to provide their contact details.

CLA Director North Dorothy Fairburn said:- “The CLA is urging all rural businesses to ensure that they are maintaining ‘track and trace' systems at their premises as a matter of urgency. Most businesses would already comply with maintaining staff, customer and visitor records as this a key requirement in tackling this Pandemic which has wreaked havoc across our rural tourism sector.”

Collecting contact details and maintaining records for NHS Test and Trace is a legal requirement and failure to comply is punishable by a fine. The 1st fixed penalty is ₤1,000, the 2nd is ₤2,000, the 3rd is ₤3,000, and any further penalty notice thereafter is ₤4,000. More information on this requirement can be found at this link:- Gov.UK.

University of Liverpool's refusal to follow City's other universities online illustrates campus chaos

THE University and College Union (UCU) on Wednesday, 23 September 2020, in a press release, said:- "the University of Liverpool's refusal to move the majority of work online highlighted the chaos and confusion that was blighting University campuses as term starts in England."

UCU added that:- "The University's refusal to follow Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool John Moores University online was a dereliction of its civic duty and was putting the health of staff, students and the local community at greater risk. The University of Liverpool recently confirmed 87 positive Covid tests. The number has now reached at least 108. 2 other Universities in the City have made changes to how staff will work this term in response to the Covid Pandemic."

According to UCU, Liverpool John Moores University said it has moved the majority of face to face teaching online. Liverpool Hope University said it has moved all teaching online for the initial induction week and undergraduates who don't require the use of specialist teaching spaces will also see seminars and tutorials moved online, in line with their lectures.

The Union said that ministers had to act now and issue clear guidance that makes clear that online working should be universities' default position; bringing it in line with new Government guidance for other workplaces. However, UCU said universities could not hide behind the Government's failings and had to take responsibility and urgent action.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said:- "The decision by the University of Liverpool to persist with campus working flies in the face of all the evidence and common sense. This decision is another indicator of the chaos and confusion that is blighting our University campuses as we try to gear up for the new academic year. There is little point in some universities doing their bit if they are going to be let down by the actions of others. This is especially true in somewhere like Liverpool where many campus buildings are so close together. The Westminster Government needs to immediately deliver clear guidance to universities to move the majority of work online, but universities cannot wait for ministers to get their act together or hide behind their failings. Universities need work together to agree to move the majority of work online now. Any institution that refuses to put the health of its staff, students and local community together is failing its basic civic duty. The scientific evidence and the experience of other countries shows that a failure to do so will intensify the public health crisis in our Towns and Cities."

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding customers that time is running out to register for Self Assessment

ANYONE submitting a Self Assessment (SA) Return for the 1st time, including High Income Child Benefit Charge customers; will need to register for SA by 5 October 2020, so that they can complete their return by 31 January 2021. If customers aren't sure if they need to do Self Assessment they should go to:- Gov.UK/Check-If-You-Need-Tax-Return Those who are new to the process can visit HMRC for online webchats, live webinars, YouTube videos and social media support which can be accessed at any time, and on any device, to help them fill in and file their returns.

People that need to complete a Tax Return:-

Earned more than ₤2,500 from renting out property.

Received, or their partner received, Child Benefit and either of them had an annual income of more than ₤50,000.

Received more than ₤2,500 in other untaxed income, for example from tips or commission.

Are self employed sole traders.

Are employees claiming expenses in excess of ₤2,500.

Have an annual income over ₤100,000.

Earned income from abroad that they need to pay tax on.

The deadline for 2019 TO 2020 Self Assessment returns is 31 January 2021. Help is available from the GOV.UK website from the Self Assessment helpline on:- 03002003310.

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:- 6,178 cases and the total number now stand at:- 409,729, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

The number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be:- 37 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:- 41,862.

The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:- 1,469. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 211. Daily number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 134.

In England, there are a total of:- 352,925 confirmed cases. North West - total of:- 72,098 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, 4,647 confirmed cases.


Halton, 1,114 confirmed cases.


Knowsley, 1,616 confirmed cases.


Sefton, 2,288 confirmed cases.


St. Helens, 1,806 confirmed cases



Wirral, 3,220 confirmed cases.


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

lackburn with Darwen, 2,453 confirmed cases.

Blackpool, 1,292 confirmed cases.

Bolton, 4,157 confirmed cases.

Bury, 2,280 confirmed cases.

Cheshire East, 2,730 confirmed cases.

Cheshire West and Chester, 2,478 confirmed cases.

Lancashire, 10,850 confirmed cases.

Manchester, 6,114 confirmed cases.

Oldham, 3,779 confirmed cases.

Preston, 2,012 confirmed cases.

Rochdale, 2,986 confirmed cases.

Salford, 2,674 confirmed cases.

Stockport, 2,444 confirmed cases.

Tameside, 2,685 confirmed cases.

Trafford, 2,074 confirmed cases.

Warrington, 2,072 confirmed cases.

Wigan, 2,993 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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