Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-05-06

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This page last updated on 6 May 2020

Supporting our Local Heroes

SOUTHPORT Hesketh Round Table (organisers of Southport Charity Bonfire and Fireworks, the Town's amazing Santa Sleigh and popular Mad Dog 10k race) has partnered with local food delivery service, Knock N' Drop, to say a massive thank you to our local'unsung heroes'.

Our nominated local heroes have been randomly selected by Southport Hesketh Round Table to receive a fabulous grocery pack as a thank you for all their personal sacrifice, hard work and kindness at this very difficult time. These boxes contain fresh fruit, vegetables and groceries, sourced from our local shops, and have been delivered safely and hygienically, directly to front doors, by Knock N' Drop's professional team.

Over the last few weeks Southport Hesketh Round Table have funded over40 boxes - Hero Nadine Baynes has posted this story about her unexpected thank you on the Birkdale Village Facebook Page.

The recipients of boxes have been:- 1st responders, nurses, hospital workers, shop workers, carers, refuse collectors, milkmen, delivery drivers or just good neighbours, who have gone the extra mile in giving support during this fight against Covid-19.

Round Table is the largest voluntary organisation for young men aged 18 to 45 in the world and we are always looking for local guys to get involved for fun, friendship and community events; please email:- SHRT@Hotmail.Co.UK or call:- 07711324060 or like our Facebook page @SHRT1199 for more information.

GMTC deliberately blocking scrutiny over Coronavirus transport crisis

Liberal Democrats have accused the Chair of Greater Manchester Transport Committee (GMTC) of deliberately blocking scrutiny and avoiding input from across the Region. The Liberal Democrats have claimed that the Chair of GMTC, Councillor Mark Aldred, has "ignored multiple requests from Liberal Democrat members of the committee to constructively scrutinise how the Region's transport will begin to recover from the Coronavirus crisis once lockdown beings to ease." The Liberal Democrats representatives on GMTC, John Leech and Howard Sykes, has also accused Councillor Aldred of deliberately avoiding scrutiny and input from across the Region and political divide. The party has since set out 5 points that GMTC must urgently answer in order to address concerns about how the Region's transport will begin to recover from the Coronavirus crisis:-

1. How will social distancing be maintained at the same time as getting people back on public transport.

2. Address the budget implications of far fewer passengers and how this will allow us to maintain subsidised bus services.

3. The impact on infrastructure and cost of the Government and Council prioritising walking and cycling.

4. Concerns raised by bus companies about Andy Burnham not delivering all the money promised to operators.

5. How this crisis may affect decisions about franchising bus services.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Manchester John Leech said:- "Everyone is under a lot of strain at the moment but the lack of transparency and communication from the Chair of GMTC with other Transport Committee members and public transport operators has been unacceptable. Transport has been one of the most affected areas as a result of the lockdown and the reintroduction needs to be a cross-party, collaborative plan with input from across the Region. But Councillor Aldred is not learning lessons from last month's mess and is deliberately keeping other Transport committee members in the dark to avoid scrutiny."

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Oldham Howard Sykes added:- "GMTC must get a grip of the crisis by allowing and inviting transparency and constructive scrutiny. Members from all political parties on the Greater Manchester Transport Committee must be involved in tackling this crisis to ensure the very best plans are put forward for our Region."

Council clears the air with fire pit health and safety plea

LIVERPOOL City Council is calling on residents to think of their neighbours and avoid lighting fires in their gardens during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Smoke nuisance can be caused by family barbeques, chimeneas and other wood burners or fire pits, and by people burning garden or household waste. These fires also contribute to local pollution levels. The City's Household Waste Recycling Centres now offering a restricted service and green waste collection service are due to begin again next week, to help alleviate problems with garden waste. Smoke inhalation can have an immediate and harmful effect on people with health problems such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis. Similar concerns have also been raised in other parts of the country about the problems caused by smoke nuisance for people with breathing difficulties and those suffering from Coronavirus.

The Council is urging residents to think about their neighbours and how they might suffer if they light a fire in their garden or allotment, even barbecue smoke could create problems for those nearby. Liverpool City Council can take enforcement action against those who light bonfires regularly and cause a nuisance to their neighbours. Since the Coronavirus lockdown began, Liverpool has seen a large reduction in pollution levels, mainly as a result of fewer car journeys.

As well as creating smoke nuisance for neighbours, garden fires contribute to those levels of pollution which are also known to harm people's health. It is not an offence to light a fire in your garden. It is, however, an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to cause a statutory smoke nuisance. A statutory nuisance happens when smoke causes unreasonable interference with a person's use or enjoyment of their property. Smoke nuisance can occur at any time of the day or night.

Cllr Sharon Connor, Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Waste and the Environment, said:- "If you're thinking of lighting a fire of any kind in your garden, please don't. People staying inside their homes are advised to keep their windows open to get some fresh air, so please spare a thought for those with respiratory problems or Coronavirus symptoms. We need people to think about our neighbours and how they might suffer if you light a fire in your garden or allotment, even barbecue smoke could create problems for those nearby. Liverpool City Council can take enforcement action against those who light bonfires regularly and cause a nuisance to their neighbours."

Residents can use the Council's online form to report bonfires that are causing a statutory nuisance:- Liverpool.Gov.UK.

Tips for dealing with garden waste:-

► It's much better for your neighbours and the environment to compost garden waste instead of burning it.

► Leave your lawn for longer before you mow it.

► Let the grass grow to create a mini meadow; it's great for wildlife.

► Make a mulch with your grass clippings.

► Make compost at home and give yourself a free supply of nutrient rich soil.

► Spread out grass cuttings to dry for a few days before putting in your green bin; this avoids making the bin heavy and reduces any smells from rotting.

► If you are cutting back trees and bushes, use the branches as supports for other plants later in the year. Liverpool's 2 Household Waste Recycling Centres have now re-opened and are offering a restricted service. The Council will begin its garden waste collection service again on Monday, 11 May 2020.

For more information about what Liverpool City Council is doing to improve air quality across the city, visit the Let's Clear The Air website:- LetsClearTheAirLiverpool.Co.UK .

UK experts launch project with WHO team offering global insight into the effects of COVID-19 on pregnancy and childbirth

AN online resource bringing together research on the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic on expectant mothers and their babies is set to be launched by maternal health experts from the University of Birmingham this week which could help to inform guidelines and treatment pathways.

The PregCOV-19 project, led by the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Global Women's Health at University of Birmingham, aims to evaluate the rapidly emerging evidence on maternal and offspring outcomes and risks in women with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. The team, from the University's Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, will combine existing evidence in the form of published primary studies, and update the findings on a regular basis as new information becomes available.

Led by Shakila Thangaratinam, Professor of Maternal and Perinatal health at the University of Birmingham and co-lead of the WHO Collaborative Centre for Global Women's Health, the project will not only assess the quality of each study but begin to identify global patterns. These patterns could in turn help to shed light on a number of key research questions including the risk of COVID-19 in pregnancy and postpartum, how symptoms of the virus present in pregnancy as well as potential complications for both mother and baby and the risk of mother to child transmission either intrauterine, during delivery or after childbirth.

Professor Thangaratinam said:- "While there is a remarkably high volume of evidence on the virus' effects during pregnancy and postpartum that has emerged in a relatively short space of time, the quality of evidence is varied. Our global collaborative project offers a platform to rapidly integrate new evidence as they emerge through living systematic reviews and to report the key findings. Any recommendation on the care of pregnant and postnatal women who are suspected or confirmed to have the virus should be based on robust evidence which is what we hope to achieve with this project."

Findings will be shared via an online portal aimed at healthcare professionals and the academic community. The team will conduct regular searches for new evidence, which will be compiled and summarised with key messages shared weekly on the project website. The website can be accessed by visiting:- Birmingham.AC.UK/Pregcov

Liverpool turns red, white and blue for 75th Anniversary of VE Day

CIVIC Buildings across the City will turn red, white and blue to mark 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) when allied forces announced the surrender of Germany in Europe, ending World War 2, on Friday, 8 May 2020.  The 3 Graces, St George's Hall, Liverpool Cathedral, St John's Beacon and Radio City, the M&S Bank Arena, Exchange Flags and Liverpool ONE are just some of the venues taking part. A special VE Day 'Thank You' image will also appear on 18 huge digital screens across the City throughout the day, at locations such as Lime Street, Lord Street, Scotland Road, the M62 screens the Royal Court and 1 located at Anfield Stadium.

In the run up to the day, residents are encouraged to get involved. All information and details can be found on the VE Day pages on the Culture Liverpool website. The assets include: downloadable bunting, special music playlists featuring popular artists from the time including Vera Lynn, Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra and even a lyrics sheet so people can sing along.

There is also a whole host of suggestions for lockdown home schooling; from activities to take part in, a video produced by The Imperial War Museum right through to a creative challenge set by historian and presenter, Dan Snow. The website also has some top tips on how to investigate local archives to find out about Liverpool's fascinating history, and how residents can find out if their family members played a part in the war effort.

The venues which will be lighting up on Friday are:- Cunard Building, Royal Liver Building, Port of Liverpool Building, Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool Town Hall, St George's Hall, Central Library, Liverpool ONE, M&S Bank Arena, St John's Beacon, Radio City, Exchange Flags and the Greystone Bridge in Huyton.

Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "Before the pandemic, there were plans in place to celebrate VE Day in style; parades, street parties, Church services and a display of military assets were all being organised to mark the event. Although things are now different, it doesn't mean Friday, 8 May 2020, is any less important and we still want to do as much as we can to celebrate this momentous time in recent history. The buildings lighting up is a wonderful symbol that as a City, even in these difficult times, we can still work together to make these visual statements. The special website also allows us to reach out in different ways and ensures that people; old and young; can understand the significance of the day and get the most out of it. I encourage as many people as possible to head online and utilise this valuable resource, and remember and thank those who played their part in bringing about peace in Europe."

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

ON 6 May 2020, fatalities are still increasing, today by 649 taking the total number of deaths of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, by a Public Health or NHS Laboratory to 30,076. The UK Coronavirus death has risen by 21,000 in just a day, to 201,101 according to Data published by the Office for National Statistics. In England, there have been 6,111 confirmed cases. North West of England has seen 21,000 confirmed cases. Current Hospital Laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,497 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 846 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,067 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 681 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 335 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 3,010 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 881 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 953 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,204 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 908 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 644 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 828 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 842 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 566 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 590 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 504 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 808 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 339 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 06/05/2020. Last updated 5.05pm GMT. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).

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