Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-07-16

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This page last updated on 16 July 2020

LGA responds to latest test and trace figures

THE Local Government Association's Community (LGA) has responded to the publication of the NHS Test and Trace service figures for the period 2 July to 8 July 2020, Cllr Paulette Hamilton, the LGA's Vice Chair, Wellbeing Board, said:- "Those testing positive for COVID-19 have a responsibility to help halt its transmission and protect those most at risk. It is good that the majority of people testing positive are being reached and are passing on details of their close contacts. Council public health teams remain ready to use their unique expertise, including speaking other languages, and understanding of their communities to try to reach those who cannot be contacted by the system. They need information on who they should be trying to contact, including the 618 people who could not be reached most recently. More information is being shared with councils, but it is vital that this data is available daily. With the right powers, flexibilities, data and long term funding, councils can help to manage potential outbreaks and prevent the spread of infection."

easyJet starts flights out of Liverpool and gets ready for the 2021 season

EUROPE'S leading airline, easyJet, has confirmed flying to even more destinations from Liverpool will resume throughout August 2020, with great value fares still available for those who want to take a well deserved summer sun getaway this year. In June 2020 flights began operating for the 1st time since the airline grounded its fleet at the end of March as a result of Covid-19 and now from August the airline will resume flying to more destinations including Dalaman and Bodrum in Turkey, and the Greek island of Zakynthos, in addition to a range of routes already operating throughout July 2020. The airline is also launching flights on a new routes from the first time from Liverpool to Antalya in Turkey from 30 July 2020. In addition, easyJet has today put its full Summer 2021 flights sale so in addition to last minute deals still available for this summer, customers now have the chance to book early and make huge savings on summer holiday flights for 2021.

Ali Gayward, easyJet's UK Country Manager commented:- "We are really pleased to be able to be resuming flights to even more destinations throughout August to get customers away on their much needed summer holiday this year. Of course, the safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority. This is why we have implemented a number of measures enhancing safety at each part of the journey from disinfecting the aircraft to requiring customers and crew to wear masks. These measures will remain in place for as long as is needed to ensure customers and crew are able to fly safely as the world continues to recover from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. And with summer being so popular for families travelling with us, easyJet has teamed up with a superhero illustrator to create comic book inspired face mask covers for children flying this summer to help ease the experience for both kids and parents. Irish artist Will Sliney, best known for his work on Marvel comics Spider-Man and Star Wars, has created a range of new comic book inspired face mask covers for young easyJet flyers. We're also putting even more flights on sale today for Summer next year. We're launching Summer 2021 earlier than ever before so that customers can book early to get the best value fares on flights to hundreds of destinations across our network, and customers have more options if they want to rebook their Summer 2020 holidays."

With flights now on sale up until 30 September 2021, customers whose travel plans have been affected by the pandemic now have more options to rebook their trip. The airline has been bringing its on sale schedule forward throughout lockdown to provide more opportunity for customers to rebook and is continuing to offer additional flexibility for new and existing bookings to move flights without a change fee up to 14 days ahead of departure. Customers can make changes to their booking online via the Manage Bookings section on:-

Make sure you dispose of disposable barbecues or hot coals safely

SEFTON Council is reminding people barbecues or hot coals, after using a charcoal or disposable barbecues, to do so safely. Also that you must not use barbecues on the Sefton Coastline! The dispose of disposable barbecues can be a headache and nobody wants a bin fire outside their home, in the pinewoods or sand dunes! Similarly, Sefton Council doesn't want still smouldering barbecues setting fire to its waste collection vehicles, which is what happened, in Southport, on Wednesday, 15 July 2020. The Coastal Road was closed temporarily between Woodvale and Pontins after a fire broke out in a Council Waste Disposal Vehicle. The cause of the fire was found to be a barbecue that had not been properly extinguished.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Locality Services said:- "We would like to remind our residents not to put disposable barbecues or hot coals in their waste bins because, as we discovered yesterday, they can cause a fire inside our refuse collection vehicles. As well as causing extensive and expensive damage to our vehicles this also puts our collection crews at serious risk. Disposable barbecues and hot coals can take up to 48 hours to fully cool. Please leave these items in a safe place to cool or soak them in water before you put them in your waste bin."

Also please remember that disposable barbecues are not currently recyclable, so they cannot be put in recycling bins either!

Covid19 Job Retention Scheme furlough over claim warning

AN accountants in Southport has told us that they have issued a warning to businesses to watch out for spam emails regarding the Job Retention Scheme. They have said that there are lots around and you are unlikely to be contacted by HMRC by email. But, they added:- "It won't be much of a surprise that HMRC will be looking to claw back as much furlough as they can where employers have over claimed monies for furlough. The HMRC have had a hotline for employees to report in if they have been required to work whilst on furlough, there have been thousands of cases where this has happened. Once all of the dust has settled HMRC will carry out investigations, they will obviously target employers who have been reported, they will also include questions about furlough claims in any future PAYE audit. As is the case for all payroll records, you should keep your furlough records for 6 years or more. Legislation will shortly be passed to enable HMRC to claw back any over claimed furlough monies. There will be an opportunity with a limited time period to correct any over claimed furlough claims. Where over claimed applications are not corrected, HMRC will treat this behaviour as deliberate and concealed, they will seek to recover any over claimed amounts and apply a penalty of 50% of the amount that has been over claimed." Phil.

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 642 cases and the total number now stand at 292,552, 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 66 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 45,119.

In England, there are a total of 251,482 confirmed cases. North West - total of 43,766 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 2,474 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 1,529 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 2,038 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 1,200 confirmed cases

► Halton, 894 confirmed cases.

► Blackpool, 1,031 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 1,106 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 1,881 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 1,291 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,989 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 2,210 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 6,790 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 2,987 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,890 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 1,673 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,641 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 1,537 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 1,271 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 2,141 confirmed cases..

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