Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-04-21

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AS This page is to place quick update important notices that are being sent to us from Government and other organisations over the Coronavirus Emergency affecting our country (UK)...  Please remember that the information changes quickly, so always check to see what time and when the last post was made.  We will update as and when we can...  Users of our Formby Reporter's Free Email Service will get most updates 1st and then they will be added on here as soon as we can...  If you have any updates to send in or any views on the posts on here, please email us to:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com.

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This page last updated on 21 April 2020

Southport and Formby District General Hospital Nurse has died from COVID-19

A locum Nurse who worked at Southport and Formby District General Hospital, Josephine Peter, died on Saturday, April 18, after testing positive for COVID-19. She leaves behind her husband, Thabo Peter, who is still residing here in UK, her 2 kids, Bongani and Buhle, who are now living in South Africa, a granddaughter, a brother and 5 sisters.

Trish Armstrong Child, Chief Executive, said:- "Josephine, from Hayes, Middlesex, had worked at Southport since February on an agency contract until falling ill in early April. She was a nurse for 20 years and was married with 2 children. Josephine's husband, Thabo, told me she was passionate, hardworking, always putting others before herself. She was 'my heroine,' he said. Our thoughts are with Josephine's family at this difficult time and we offer them our sincere condolences."

James Lock, chief executive of Altrix, the nursing agency that employed Josephine, said:- "Josephine was a diligent nurse who was highly regarded and liked by the team. She would always go that extra mile and was a pleasure to work with. My team and I send our very best wishes and deepest condolences to Josephine's family."

A Go Fund Me Page has been set up in Josephine's memory.

Sefton Business Grants Update - Missing Payments

ON 21 April 2020 we contacted Damien Moore MP, after a number of readers contacted us about them not getting a payment after applying for the Small Business Grant Scheme after spotting a possible problem with payments and bank details. we said:- "We think the problems could be to be with bank accounts and trading names being shortened on bank systems or not the same name as on the Non-Domestic rate demand notices." We have since had a reply from Sharon Johnston; Business Growth Officer, InvestSefton in connection to this:- "If you are a Limited Company who has applied online for a Small Business Grant, you may have supplied the wrong details which is delaying your payment. You should have stated your Business Bank Account Name and Bank Account details not your Personal Name & Personal Account details. If you have stated your Personal Name then please re-submit the form immediately with the Business Bank Account Name so we can process your application. Please complete the form again with your limited company bank account details at:- Sefton.Gov.UK/Business/Business-Rates/Covid-19-Business-Rates-Support-For-202021 On completion you will be given a reference number beginning with SEF - which you should keep for future reference."

NHS staff clap outside Whiston Hospital in tribute to surgeon

ORTHOPAEDIC surgeon, Whiston Hospital, Sadeq Elhowsh, died aged 58, after contracting COVID-19, on 20 April 2020. On 21 April 2020, NHS staff and patients lined the road outside the Hospital and every facing window, clapping in tribute as his hearse drove past the doors. Je is yet another of our NHS heroes to fall to this virus.

Liverpool Philharmonic Announces 'Live from Liverpool Philharmonic Hall' Digital Programmes!

LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Hall is currently closed following UK Government advice about the Coronavirus situation, but that doesn't mean the music has stopped, but engagement on social media has increased significantly; with a reach on Facebook last week of over 766,000 people. In the period of closure, we've had 313,000 video views, reaching more people than we would in an entire orchestral season in Liverpool. Over 4,500 new followers have joined us on Facebook in the last few weeks, more than we'd typically get in an entire year, bringing total followers to over 51,000.  A full programme of activity is now available to watch and listen to from the comfort of your living room!

Digital Programme Schedule

Each Tuesday night, at 7.30pm, enjoy videos from contemporary artists who regularly perform, at the Hall. Don't miss... The Real Thing, Irish Sea Sessions and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, introduced by the artists themselves where possible. Thursday nights, at 7.30pm, and Sunday afternoons, at 2.30pm, showcase video from our archives of past performances by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as chamber music concerts by musicians from the Orchestra. Audiences can watch these streams at the same time with fellow music lovers around the world, and join in the conversation!

We'll soon be announcing a programme which will showcase members of our Youth Company and musicians in our community on our Facebook page.

SPOTIFY...  Visit Philharmonic's Spotify Page, where we will be posting playlists specially curated by artists we work with. Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko has put together a playlist to reflect the troubled times we find ourselves in right now!

YOUTUBE... Archival video of many past concerts as well as artist interviews available on Youtube.

LIVERPOOLPHIL.COM...  Live From Liverpool Philharmonic Hall - Previously unreleased recordings from Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra concerts are made available to stream from Philharmonic's website.

RADIO...  In addition, Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko will appear on Scala Radio, on Sunday, 3 May 2020, from 8pm to 10pm, in a programme featuring works by Grieg, Mahler, and Bach with Presenter Darren Redick. He comments on life as a conductor in these times as well as on these never previously released recordings of live concert material from Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

IN HARMONY...  Our ground breaking music education programme, In Harmony Liverpool, will continue to engage over 1,200 children across Everton and Anfield in music by working with our partner Schools to create and distribute digital In Harmony curriculum resources for use at home.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - latest figures and call to action

ON 20 April 2020, HM Revenue and Customs launched the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, at 8am and by midnight, they had received:- 185,000 claims, covering 1,300,000 employees, at a value of ₤1,500,000,000. For employers to get their payments by 30 April 2020, they need to make a claim by midnight, on Wednesday, 22 April 2020, as it takes 6 working days to process claims. Further guidance is available and there is an easy to use, step by step guide that takes you through the process on the HMRC's website. Employers can apply online now.

Personal Guarantees to access Government Loan Scheme

ON 26 March 2020, we contacted Bill Esterson who is the Member of Parliament for Sefton Central Constituency about Banks asking for Personal Guarantees to access Government Loan Scheme. We also asked why:- "CBIL is not available for loans under 25,000." Most small businesses who want lower amounts are being credit checked and also still asked for Personal Guarantees. On 21 April 2020, he replied with a letter he got back from rising this question with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for us. The response from Lord Callanan, who was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy back in February 2020 is below...

"Bill Esterson, thank you for your email dated 26 March 2O2O, to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, enclosing correspondence your constituent, regarding the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). I am replying on behalf of the Department. The Government understands that this crisis is having a huge impact on businesses, households and people across the country. The Government is closely monitoring developments of COVID-19 in relation to potential economic impacts on UK businesses, individuals and the wider economy, and it has taken decisive action to protect lives and incomes. The Chancellor has announced unprecedented support for businesses, workers and the self employed to protect them against the current economic emergency which includes the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. The CBILS scheme will make it easier for SME's with a turnover of up to
45 million to access vital financial support. The terms of the scheme state that personal guarantees of any form (whether or not these include the pledging of personal assets) cannot be used in respect of any CBILS facilities up to 250,000.Personal guarantees for CBILS facilities above 250,000 are not required by the scheme rules. They may be taken at the lender's discretion. If that is the case, recoveries under such guarantees are capped at a maximum of 20% of the outstanding balance of the CBILS facility after the proceeds of business assets, if any, have been applied. A Principal Private Residence cannot be taken as security to support a personal guarantee or as security for any CBILS facility. These terms were updated on 3 April 2020 and will be retrospectively applied for any CBILS facilities offered since the start of the scheme on 23 March 2020. This means that any personal guarantees already taken for CBILS facilities up to 250,000 will be waived. Specific Government guidance for business during the Coronavirus outbreak is detailed online. All business support offers, how to apply and eligibility criteria are listed on:- BusinessSupport.Gov.UK  and we have also strengthened our Business Support Helpline:- 0300 456 3565, so businesses can pick up the phone and speak directly to an adviser. Thank you again for taking the time to write. I hope you and your constituent find this information helpful." Lord Callanan.

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

DESPITE the bringing the latest total of laboratory conformed COVID-19 Hospital deaths rising by 828, bringing the UK total to 17,337, the signs are that the lockdown is working. The number of COVID-19 infections has risen by 4,301 in just a day, to 129,044, the Department of Health said. In England, there are a total of 96,117 confirmed cases. Within the North West we have seen a total of 14,788 confirmed cases. Current confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,172 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 667 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 813 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 492 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 267 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 2,170 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 593 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 624 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 872 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 658 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 480 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 452 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 582 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 328 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 348 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 383 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 485 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 242 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 21/04/2020. Last updated 3:38pm GMT. Last updated 2:44 pm 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).


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