Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the  Liverpool City Region - 13 April 2020

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ONS COVID-19 statistics are in question...

OVER the last few days Care England, who are the UK's leading body of care providers within England have issued a warning that Coronavirus death toll is higher than what is being shown by the National Office of Statistics (ONS) as it's missing out those who die in care homes across the country. This has raised the question that Ministers are underestimating the impact of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable sectors of society. If you have any views on this, please email us to:- News24@southportReporter.Com.

fire and rescue personnel in Coronavirus isolation as services pay the price for testing fiasco

FIRE and Eescue personnel urgently need Coronavirus testing, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has warned, as services lose up to 12% of their Firefighters and Control Staff to self isolation. Nearly 3,000 Fire and Rescue staff are in self isolation and unable to work, representing 5.1% of the UK's overall fire and rescue workforce. Just under 2,600 of them are operational Firefighters and Control Staff, making up 5.3% of the total. Emergency Fire Control Rooms, which have fewer staff, have been worst hit in some areas, with some control rooms losing 15.9% of their staff. The FBU has said that, without urgent testing of frontline personnel, there will inevitably be an impact on brigades' ability to provide fire cover and respond to other emergencies, including their work supporting the Coronavirus response. Fire and Rescue Services in the UK are operating with 11,500 fewer Firefighters than in 2010.

The FBU's research has revealed that:-

In London Fire Brigade (LFB), 472 Firefighters and Control Staff are in isolation, nearly 10% of the total. Overall, 478 LFB staff (8.5%) are in isolation, an increase of nearly 200 since 20 March 2020.

West Midland Fire and Rescue, covering Birmingham, has 110 Firefighters and Control Staff in isolation, totalling 7.5%.

West Yorkshire's control room has 15.9% of its staff in isolation, while in Mid and West Wales it's more than 13%.

Bedfordshire has the highest proportion in isolation, with 55 Firefighters and Control Room Staff, 12% of their total.

The Scottish Government has committed to initial limited testing of Firefighters and Control Staff, which has already begun at Glasgow airport, as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service loses 362 staff to isolation, just under 5% of its workforce.

Testing has been made available to 50 personnel from Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service who have symptoms. 147 staff (7.5%) are currently in isolation. In Wales, where 178 staff are in isolation, the devolved Government has committed to testing other emergency service personnel once tests have been secured for NHS staff.

But in a letter to the FBU, Security Minister James Brokenshire made no commitment to testing fire and rescue personnel in isolation, within England, of which 2,300 are in isolation.

Emergency Fire Control Staff handle 999 calls and provide vital fire survival guidance for areas of up to 5 million people, from a single room. Should 1 member of staff contract the virus, the emergency call infrastructure for an entire Region could be at risk!

Some Firefighters are now:- driving Ambulances and assisting Ambulance staff; delivering food and medicines to vulnerable people; and working with the Police to move dead bodies, after the FBU reached a landmark agreement with Fire Chiefs and fire and rescue employers.

Firefighters will now also be able to fit masks and respirators for NHS staff and deliver Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to NHS trusts, after a further agreement was reached on Thursday, 9 April 2020.

While the FBU has called for Firefighters to cease all non-essential, non-emergency interactions with the public, they will continue to come into contact in emergency situations and as part of their Coronavirus response work, placing them at greater risk of infection.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said:- "The Westminster Government is playing with fire by not testing Firefighters and Control Room Staff for Coronavirus. Currently, crews are maintaining services, but this will become increasingly difficult as the virus spreads.There are already thousands of Firefighters and Control Staff in self isolation, only a fraction of which will have the disease. If we aren't able to find out exactly who is infected, and more staff isolate unnecessarily, services will be put on a dangerous knife edge. Of course testing of NHS staff has to be a priority, but Firefighters and other emergency service personnel are also at serious risk. The very safety of the public relies on them being able to attend work. There needs to be a clear and deliverable testing strategy for all workers required to continue at work. The Government failed to secure test kits in sufficient numbers early in the pandemic and now frontline services are paying the price. Devolved Governments have begun to take steps in the right direction, but in Westminster time is standing still; Ministers need to get to grips with this crisis and ensure that all emergency service personnel are tested as soon as possible."

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

UK Hospital deaths are rose again by 713 making the current Hospital fatalities, linked to COVOD-19 standing at 11,329. The number of COVID-19 infections has risen by 4,342 in just a day, to 88,621, the Department of Health said. In England, there are a total of 69,329 confirmed cases. North West - total of 10,027 confirmed cases. Current confirmed cases within the following local authorities are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 882 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 469 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 526 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 369 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 194 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 1,532 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 410 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 386 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 643 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 464 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 365 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 296 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 364 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 267 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 233 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 276 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 332 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 152 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 13/04/2020.


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