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Leaders thank community for Princes Park Covid-19 success
Photo by:- Jemifer Bruce - Liverpool City Council

People throughout Princes Park joined the community effort; including this ice cream seller, Paul Wilson, who handed out leaflets...

LIVERPOOL City leaders are thanking the community for containing the Covid-19 outbreak in Princes Park ward, but are warning that the City must stay vigilant and keep social distancing. Hyper local measures put in place 14 days ago have helped confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the ward return to the green "low" band of Public Health England's traffic light system. But, in a letter being delivered to all Liverpool households (attached), Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and Director of Public Health Matt Ashton tell residents:- "We can get through this, but we are not there yet."

Matt Ashton, Liverpool Director of Public Health:- "What we achieved in Princes Park has shown the value of local teams being able to take quick action and making the best use of the local knowledge that they have. Everyone can certainly feel proud of what has been achieved and knowing that this approach works gives us confidence, but it will not allow us to be complacent. We contained an outbreak but the virus has not gone away. My team continue to monitor the numbers of confirmed cases; but will still need everyone's help to make sure that those levels remain low. The most important thing we can do to stop the spread of the virus is to keep social distancing. Also, keep washing your hands, using hand sanitiser, and wear a face covering. These are small steps, but all added together they can make a huge difference."

On 12 August, daily data for 7 days up to 11 August 2020 has showed that the number of confirmed cases in the ward is now 5. All of the City's other 29 wards are now at 5 or fewer than 5 cases with 49 in the City, in total.  Just over 2 weeks ago, the City's Public Health team noted an increase in confirmed cases in the Princes Park ward; 14 cases were confirmed from 20 July to 27 July 2020, rising to 18 the following week, 28 July to 3 August 2020.  The decision was taken to put local enhanced measures into place from 31 July 2020, in order to contain the spread of the virus. These included:- closing Care Homes to visits, having 2 walk in Testing Centres in the area, and closing community buildings for 14 days. Part of the approach included the Council's commitment to putting:- "boots on the ground" in the area, where teams of Council staff and volunteers visited homes and businesses to raise awareness and give advice.

On Friday, 14 August 2020, the 14 day enhanced measures for Princes Park have been reviewed and the following now applies since Saturday, 15 August:-

Overnight stays and visits to 1 other household are allowed but must be socially distanced.

Clinically extremely vulnerable people at risk of severe illness should continue to take additional measures to protect themselves as set out in the national guidance.

Community buildings can reopen and outdoor gatherings resume provided they have done a risk assessment and are Covid-secure

Care Home visits can resume, but these will be outside.

Businesses should still take measures to protect staff and customers following national guidelines.

The last day of operation for the Testing Centre at Princes Park health Centre was on Friday, 14 August 2020.

The Testing Centre at PAL Multicultural Centre will operate until 20 August 2020.

Mayor Anderson and Mr Ashton's letter thanks the City for the efforts that have been made to keep people safe, but also reminds residents of the need to keep up good habits to contain the virus across the City.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- "We took a decision to move quickly in Princes Park, and that decision has proved to be the right 1. Council teams and volunteers literally put in the hard yards to help contain the outbreak and this has ultimately saved lives; not only in Princes Park but also in the wider City. My thanks go to them as well as the other community and faith leaders who have worked so hard to keep people safe and also the residents who have engaged with the action we have taken and turned the outbreak around. There's no doubt we have made positive steps in the City, but for us to keep moving in the right direction we all have to remain cautious so that we can keep people safe, keep jobs safe and avoid a wider lockdown."

Letters will be delivered to all Liverpool households and it has also been translated into:- Arabic, Farsi, French, Albanian, Amharic, Kurdish Sorani, Somali, Urdu, Tigrinya, Mandarin, Spanish and Russian.

Liverpool student supported to secure dream University place

Oxbridge dream:  Alice Hardaker at Trinity College

LIVERPOOL student Alice Hardaker is celebrating after securing a place at the prestigious Trinity College in Oxford. The 18 year old, a pupil at St John Bosco in Croxteth, will study law at Oxford University after getting an A* in History and an A in both English Literature and Sociology to take the next step on the path to achieving her dream of becoming a solicitor. She is the 19th student; and 1 of 5 this year; to be successful as part of the:- 'Aspire Liverpool' scheme, which is supported by Liverpool City Council. It encourages Liverpool pupils to receive offers from and win places at Oxford and Cambridge, helping them to maximise their potential and make successful applications to top Universities.

Working with Schools, it identifies able and talented pupils from Liverpool to benefit from programmes of encouragement, support and intellectual preparation to make successful applications to Oxford and Cambridge and other top Universities; in this country and abroad. Other Liverpool success stories from this years results, include 88% of BAME students who took part in the Liverpool Community Languages programme getting A* to C grades. The students studied in after School classes prior to Covid-19 and received online delivery during lockdown, showing real commitment to their studies. This year, around 1,900 students studied for A-levels in Liverpool at 30 Schools and Colleges.

Oxbridge dream:  Alice Hardaker at Trinity College

Alice Hardaker said:- "As somebody who previously believed that gaining a place at University was highly aspirational, I was ecstatic when I received the news that I had secured a place to read law at Oxford University today. Through the support of my School and Aspire Liverpool, I've not only grown in confidence academically, but also personally. You can achieve and you should achieve, regardless of your background or means."

Councillor Barbara Murray, Cabinet member for education, said:- "Many congratulations to Alice on winning a place at 1 of the country's top Colleges. The Aspire Liverpool programme does amazing work encouraging students who would not normally think of an Oxbridge education to consider it. Alice is one of many Liverpool pupils who have done amazingly well today; despite the challenges posed by the pandemic; and are looking forward to taking the next step in their education and going on to develop successful careers."

Nick Crofts, Director of Aspire Liverpool, said:- "I'm so proud of Alice and all the other students that we supported to apply to and gain places at top Universities. In the past, not enough Scousers have made the journey from Liverpool to Oxbridge. Now we are putting that right. Alice and the other 18 successful students we've worked with have done brilliantly; they are real champions."

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