Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-05-16

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RSPCA receives reports of 79 abandoned animals in Merseyside during Coronavirus lockdown

THE RSPCA has received more than 1,600 reports of abandoned animals across England and Wales since lockdown began; that's 40 a day. The charity has released the figures as part of its emergency appeal, launched to keep its rescue teams out on the road during the Coronavirus crisis and continuing to rescue animals most in need. In Merseyside, there have been reports about 79 abandoned animals to the charity's cruelty hotline since lockdown started on 23 March 2020. Animal rescuers at the charity have been designated key workers by the Government but vital funding is needed to help the RSPCA's frontline staff continue this crucial work across England and Wales. Since the country went into lockdown, on 23 March 2020, the RSPCA has had 1,663 incidents of abandonments reported to its cruelty hotline; an average of 40 incidents a day.

Dermot Murphy, head of the RSPCA rescue teams, said:- "Although much of the country is on lockdown, sadly there are still thousands of animals who need our help, including abandoned pets. Many people are finding their pets are a real source of comfort in these anxious times and thankfully cases of abandonment are slightly lower than usual but it's heartbreaking that some animals are being dumped during this crisis. In most cases we don't know why pets are abandoned, but it's really important to remind people that there is no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 can be passed from pets to people. There is lots of help and support out there for anyone else struggling to get animal food, with health or behavioural issues, exercising their pets or managing to keep children safe around pets. Please don't be afraid to ask for help."

In Liverpool, a giant rabbit was found collapsed unable to use his back legs after being dumped in a cardboard box, in Liverpool, on 24 April 2020. He had overgrown nails and was suffering from flystrike. Sadly, vets felt the only option was to put him to sleep. Since the Government introduced the lockdown measures, the RSPCA has responded to more than 27,000 incidents, with 1,600 incidents of abandoned animals reported. The number of animals being cared for by the RSPCA at Centres, Hospitals and Vet Surgeries has also grown by hundreds.

Since lockdown began:-

RSPCA rescuers have dealt with 27,507 incidents of animal cruelty, neglect and suffering animals which need help.

The charity has received more than 92,800 calls from members of the public.

There are more than 4,300 animals in RSPCA care.

The RSPCA is also urging pet owners to make an emergency pet care plan, should they be admitted to Hospital with Coronavirus, including placing a poster in the window informing people that there are pets inside. Many owners are concerned about caring for their pets amid the Coronavirus outbreak. There's lots of advice and help on their RSPCA's website.

To help the RSPCA keep rescuing animals like these and keep our animal hospitals and centres running for emergency treatment and round the clock care through these unprecedented times, please donate whatever you can spare at:- RSPCA.Org.UK.

Letter to the Editor:- "Covid-19 Risk Assessments will affect all businesses"

"I have been watching the current 'flap' about COVID-19 and the chaos it is causing among business, large and small. The volume of conflicting advice does not help either, there are so many 'experts' coming up with differing views and recommendations no 1 is sure who to believe, yet they are so desperate to get their own company in order that this the time 'rip offs' occur. I watched the same thing happen in 1972/3 when the Health & Safety Act became law, it was published in 1972 as a consultation document which our company obtained and began to set up the infrastructure, so in 1973 we just 'pressed the button' and set it in motion. However others were not so lucky and had to start from 'scratch' and into this chaos appeared many 'experts' offering to assist, with the answers to everything, unfortunately all was not what it seemed and many got swindled by unscrupulous 'consultants'. So please beware if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! It is pleasing to note these days consultants are a regular part of our Health and Safety scene so we are much more aware of the pitfalls and many have regular consultants anyway. There is nothing special about a Covid-19 assessment that a regular H&S consultant cannot perform, so go to your regular consultant be guided by him, if he can't do it he will soon know who can. Please note the 'Risk Assessment' will not be a 1 off, as the advice develops and knowledge increases the assessment will need to be modified, so ensure your consultant will plan to update and modify your assessment as required." John Lyon-Taylor BSc IOSH MIIRSM, Safety Consultant

Vets need more Government support, says Merseyside MP

A Merseyside MP has raised concerns about the financial support being offered to veterinary practices suffering a:- "huge loss of income" during the Coronavirus crisis. Sefton Central, MP Bill Esterson, said vets in the constituency had contacted him to say that demand for services had gone down, but cutting costs was difficult because of social distancing rules and a lack of flexibility from landlords, and that the government's support packages offered little help. The MP said vital services like vets needed support as they were a key part of the economy and would be needed as much as ever once lockdown ends.

Mr Esterson said:- "Vets are telling me they're not eligible for small business grants, are limited as to the number of staff they can furlough and have expensive premises that they have to keep paying for. They are suffering a huge loss of income but outgoings have barely reduced. They need help. Landlords are still demanding rent payments even though businesses are struggling. I am calling for landlords to work with all businesses to offer rent holidays during this crisis."

Village Vets, based on Brows Lane in Formby and with a branch in Crosby, has been forced to close its Crosby site in order to pool resources and keep costs down. The Crosby site will reopen after the lockdown and all clients across Formby and Crosby are continuing to receive a service via video, phone and in person where necessary. Village Vets is also providing a delivery service for clients to reduce the need for them to travel, especially if vulnerable or self isolating.

Mr Esterson said:- "Vets are telling me they desperately need access to financial support packages. It seems the veterinary profession has so far been overlooked in the government's support package to businesses and I am really concerned about this. Vets must continue to operate to maintain the food supply chain and provide vital care and treatment to animals, but at the same time they are experiencing a huge loss of income in order to comply with strict social distancing measures and will struggle to cover their overheads. They are not able to furlough many staff because they need to maintain numbers in case any of the vets becomes sick and has to have time away from work."

In April 2020, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) ran a survey to assess the immediate impact of Covid-19 on veterinary clinical practices. 2 out of 3 veterinary practices had seen a decrease in turnover of over 50%. A quarter of all practices have seen a decrease of over 75%.

Mr Esterson added:- "Businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure have been handed up to ₤25,000 in grants by the Government to help them get through this period, but vets are not included in this scheme. Also, many vets are self employed and have earned too much in the past to be eligible for the self employed income support scheme, even though their current income has plummeted. I have written to the Chancellor to highlight these gap in support and to ask that he consider supporting vets and veterinary practices during this time."

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

THE latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) laboratory confirmed UK cases is 240,161, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals. The daily number of laboratory confirmed UK cases is 3,451, as of Saturday,16 May 2020. The total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory is 34,466. Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK deaths added to the total on 15 May was reported to be 468 according to the Department of Health. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,538 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 886 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,170 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 724 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 359 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 3,322 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 982 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 1,082 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,404 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,004 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 731 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 1,088 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 935 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 699 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 660 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 607 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 992 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 380 confirmed cases..

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 16/05/2020. Last updated 4.00pm 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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