Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-10-24

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This page last updated on 24 October 2020

Rashford cooking up a storm of protest over School Meals

THERE is a growing concern that the Government's handling over after Boris Johnson rejected England and Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford MBE's call for free School Meal vouchers to be given to poor children over Christmas and other holidays.

Following the growing number of requests for the Government to intervene, a Downing Street spokesperson told the media:- "We believe the best way to support families outside of term time is through Universal Credit rather than Government subsidising meals. Itís not for Schools to regularly provide food to pupils during the School holidays. We took that decision to extend free school meals during the pandemic when Schools were partially closed during lockdown. We're in a different position now with schools back open to all pupils."

As the Welsh Government announced it would be going ahead with free School Meals over holidays, up to Easter 2021, a move that was praised by Rashford, Number 10 dug in deeper and is now refusing to budge on the issue affecting for those living in England who are covered by the scheme over term time... So again Marcus Rashford MBE stepped up the pressure on his Twitter account, on 15 October 2020, pushing a new Petition that then smashed through the 100,000 signature threshold needed to trigger a House of Commons debate.

The Petition also calls for the provision of free meals to all households on Universal Credit, plus the extension of food vouchers to all low income pregnant women and Pre-School youngsters.

It is not just Marcus Rashford MBE saying that:- "We must act with urgency to stabilise the households of our vulnerable children." as the UK Government faces even more problems over its handling of the pandemic and how it supports those affected by Covid19 restrictions."

In a media statement Shadow education secretary Kate Green said:- "Failing to give struggling families the support they need is what we would expect from Scrooge, not the British Government. Boris Johnsonís Dickensian approach will make life harder for millions over Christmas. The Government must do more to support families, and ensure that their mishandling of Coronavirus does not make it harder for families to put food on the table."

Without free school meals, over a million children in England could go hungry over the School holidays. When people are clinically vulnerable and workers are under increasing pressure financially, this small act will reduce the anxiety of some of the UK's most vulnerable people. This winter, millions of families face losing their livelihoods because the UK Government has in the eyes of many, totally and utterly lost control of the virus.

As the Liverpool City Region was plunged into Tier 3 restrictions, it was shocking to find that Conservative MP, Damien Moore, abstained on Labour's motion calling to extend Free School Meals for the poorest children across Region, over the next ½ term holidays and Christmas holidays. This Labour motion fell by 261 votes to 322, with a Government majority of 61. Even more surprising was the fact he also voted against a motion to give furloughed workers 80% of previous incomes!

As the country comes up to boiling point, this and the fact MPs will be getting a pay rise, many in Southport have taken to Social Media to express their extreme disappointment in both the Government and Damien Moore. What are your views on this topic? Please email them to us at:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com.  We are approaching Damien Moore for comment on the funding issues faced by many within his constituency and the country as a whole. 

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:- 23,012 cases and the total number now stand at:- 854,010, 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:-
174, 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:- 44,745, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with Covid19 on the death certificate:- 58,164.

The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
7,850. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 743. Daily number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 1,139.

In England, there are a total of:-
107,401 confirmed cases. North West - total of:- 29,605 confirmed cases.

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

Area and number of confirmed cases:- Risen by:-


Tier 3

 LIVERPOOL City Region

Liverpool, 16,976 confirmed cases.


Halton, 3,072 confirmed cases.


Knowsley, 5,584 confirmed cases. 115
Sefton, 7,143 confirmed cases.


St. Helens, 4,921 confirmed cases


Wirral, 7,142 confirmed cases.


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

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


 Blackburn with Darwen, 5,227 confirmed cases.

 Blackpool, 2,986 confirmed cases.

 Bolton, 8,771 confirmed cases.

 Bury, 5,337 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire East, 5,256 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire West and Chester, 4,985 confirmed cases.

 Lancashire, 27,807 confirmed cases.

 Manchester, 17,526 confirmed cases.

 Oldham, 7,881 confirmed cases.

 Preston, 4,163 confirmed cases.

6,916 confirmed cases.

7,077 confirmed cases.

5,794 confirmed cases.

5,845 confirmed cases.

5,229 confirmed cases.

4,920 confirmed cases.

8,479 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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