Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-07-30

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This page last updated on 30 July 2020

Funding success for Southport

THE transformation of Southport Market into a social space to enjoy food, drink and markets is 1 step closer to reality with the Governments Acceleration Grant announcement. The resort has been awarded a ₤1million grant from Central Government's Town Deal Fund, which is designed to go towards capital development projects. This funding will complement the work which is well underway on a comprehensive bid by the Southport Town Deal board for a larger grant of ₤25 million from the fund.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, says:- "This is a very welcome grant and helps us in our long term vision for Southport. We have been working extremely hard on plans for Southport Market as part of our Southport master plan for some time, recognising how important such a social space would be to the local economic and tourism sector. It will bring a market culture experience to the Town that some Cities across the UK have successfully introduced already and which European towns and cities have become celebrated for. It also continues to show Sefton Councils commitment to Southport providing further opportunities to support independent businesses"

Rob Fletcher, Chair of the Southport Town Deal board, welcomed the news, saying:- "We have been working incredibly hard to try and make our ambitions a reality and we are in a fantastic position ahead of us submitting full plans for a ₤25million bid later this year. Our plans can now move forward at pace with Southport Market being the key focus, with ₤900,000 of the grant allocated to this project. The remaining ₤100,000 will be used to transform the Lord Street tree lights working in partnership with Southport Business Improvement District (BID) to ensure our beautiful boulevard is bathed in the very best light."

Mark Lawler, Managing Director of Baltic Creative and member of the Southport Town Deal Board, echoed these sentiments. Mark said:- "We recognise how important this kind of investment can be for giving a kick start for further growth throughout the resort, as well as having the potential to spark further enhancement of the area surrounding the market. As a seaside town that is renowned for its great food and drink offer we think that this will be the perfect complement to Southport's already impressive social offer, which is already recognised for championing independent businesses."

The Southport Market project business case will now go to Cabinet and Council for approval in September 2020, with a view to ensuring completion of the project by the end of the financial year, in accordance with the conditions of the grant.

For further information and to have your say on the Southport Town Deal, visit:- Sefton.Gov.UK/Southport2020

Mobile Coronavirus testing units are scheduled to be at locations across Sefton every day in August

OVER 7,000 tests to tell people whether they have the COVID-19 virus have already been carried out at drive through sites, located in:- Bootle, Crosby, Litherland, Maghull and Southport. Confirmation of August dates for the sites, which are supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG, follows on from a timetable that saw units deployed across Sefton Borough every day in July 2020. Tests at mobile centres are available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment 1st at:- NHS.UK/Coronavirus or by calling:- 119.

Sefton Council Leader Cllr Ian Maher said:- "I am proud that in April Sefton hosted Cheshire and Merseyside's very 1st mobile Coronavirus testing site, in Southport, and that since then we have established five regular venues where over 7,000 tests have been administered. Drive through tests for people to find out whether they had the COVID-19 virus were available somewhere in Sefton every day in July and are scheduled to take place throughout August as well. Coronavirus is still very much with us and to prevent its spread and the need to reintroduce restrictions, it's important that anyone who has the Coronavirus symptoms of a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change in their normal sense of taste or smell visits:- NHS.UK/Coronavirus or calls:- 119 to book a test."

Essential workers can book through:- Gov.UK/Apply-Coronavirus-Test-Essential Workers and key NHS employees can attend regional testing sites at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, as well as Haydock and Manchester Airport, without the need for an appointment.

Fiona Taylor, Chief Officer at NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby CCGs said:- "Although Coronavirus often has more serious consequences for older people and those with existing health conditions, please remember that people of any age can catch and pass on the virus to friends and loved ones without knowing it. It can take several days for symptoms to appear, so that is why it is so important to wear a face covering, keep washing your hands and maintain social distancing to reduce the risk of spreading this serious illness throughout your community. As soon as you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms, you, and anyone you live with should self isolate, and you should arrange a test as soon as possible. The Government's NHS Test and Trace service will call you in a day or two with your results and explain what needs to happen next. We also strongly urge anyone who has been contacted through Test and Trace to respond and share information about their recent interactions."

Cllr Maher added:- "Recently, the Government handed councils the powers to impose local restrictions in the event of a spike in Coronavirus cases, but we see the use of those powers in Sefton very much as a last resort. If people of all ages across the Borough act responsibility, follow the guidelines on hand washing, distancing and face coverings and respond quickly if they suspect they have symptoms of the virus or are contacted by the Test and Trace service, there should be no need for restrictions to be reintroduced."

There will be testing units at Litherland and Southport, on Thursday, 30 July 2020 and Friday, 31 July 2020.

Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and surroundings

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 846 cases and the total number now stand at 302,301, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 38 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 45,999.

In England, there are a total of 260,534 confirmed cases. North West - total of 45,896 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 2,541 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 1,567 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 2,062 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 1,204 confirmed cases

► Halton, 699 confirmed cases.

► Blackpool, 1,046 confirmed cases.

Blackburn with Darwen, 1,374 confirmed cases.
.   Under local lockdown warning
    Numbers up by 34 cases.

► Bolton, 1,976 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 1,341 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 2,037 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 2,237 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 7,079 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 3,235 confirmed cases.

Oldham, 2,102 confirmed cases.
Under new local lockdown measures!
   Numbers up by 29 cases.

► Rochdale, 1,854 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,728 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 1,599 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 1,415 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 2,177 confirmed cases.

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