Liverpool City Region COVID-19 statistics - 2020-06-26

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This page last updated on 26 June 2020

LGA statement on beach safety and social distancing

ON 26 June 2020, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "It is understandable that people want to enjoy the sunshine and Councils are working hard to reopen public spaces and find safe ways to help people enjoy good weather this summer. However, lives depend on all of us taking personal responsibility for our actions. Some of the scenes we have seen in recent days have been unacceptable. When large numbers of people head to the coast there is inevitably a risk of overcrowding and an increase in the rate at which COVID-19 could be transmitted. It is hugely difficult for a Council to keep beaches open to the public while also limiting the number of people who visit. Closing beaches in 1 area may also simply shift the problem elsewhere. Councils and the emergency services cannot be left to manage this issue alone. The Government can help Councils by stepping up efforts to educate the public on the specific risks posed by ignoring social distancing in tourist environments. Rail companies need to enforce rules around face coverings on public transport and, alongside Highways England, can help control numbers by using signage to give plenty of warning about overcrowding so people can change plans. It would be a tragedy if our collective efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are undone in a way that leads to a resurgence of this deadly virus that puts further lives at risk."

CLA welcomes funding boost rural connectivity in the Borderlands

THE CLA has welcomed an announcement that more funding is now available to help homes and businesses in rural areas of Cumbria and Northumberland get access to much faster and more reliable internet connections. Vouchers are currently available in the Borderlands to subsidise the costs of bringing gigabit broadband to areas suffering with slow speeds. As part of the ₤394.5m Borderlands Growth Deal, up to ₤4 million of additional Government funding will 'ltop up' these vouchers so even more money is available to improve digital connectivity and boost the regional economy. The Government's Gigabit Broadband Vouchers Scheme (GBVS) currently provides up to ₤3,500 funding for eligible businesses and up to ₤1,500 for eligible residential properties to install gigabit capable connections. The ₤4 million made available will be used to match the level of funding available under the GBVS, so that eligible businesses can now apply for up to a maximum of ₤7,000 and eligible residential properties up to ₤3,000. Businesses and residents in Cumbria and Northumberland are eligible to receive these contributions towards gigabit capable connections if they are based in locations that are unlikely to benefit from commercial broadband rollout, or where available services are currently less than 'superfast' (superfast is defined as a minimum of 30Mbps download speed).

CLA North Rural Adviser Libby Bateman said:-
"The CLA welcomes this much needed boost to eradicate the digital divide between urban and rural areas in Northumberland and Cumbria. During the Covid-19 pandemic, connectivity has become more acute in ensuring businesses can be part of the wider economy. For many years the CLA has called for greater digital connectivity in the countryside as it a critical part of enabling the rural sector to grow and prosper with additional jobs and wealth created."

Residents and businesses can visit the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme
website in order to find a list of suppliers in their local area. Once supplier have been contacted, they will apply for the relevant level of funding required to support each project. Applications for the topped up broadband vouchers open today with a deadline to apply by 31 March 2021.

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Response by the LGA to the latest ONS Social Care Workers' COVID19 Death figures

RESPONDING to the latest ONS figures showing significantly raised rates of death involving Coronavirus among Social Care workers compared to the general population, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "These truly shocking statistics are another tragic reminder about the essential need for our vital Social Care workforce to be fully protected and equipped to look after themselves, as well as all the people of all ages they are supporting, and helping to keep safe and well. People working in social care, including Care Workers, are on the frontline against this deadly disease and continue to put themselves at risk in order to care for those who need their help and support. All those working in Social Care have to receive everything they need, including reliable and consistent supplies of quality PPE, to protect them and the people they care for from this terrible pandemic."

PCC awards ₤500,000 of extra Covid-19 funding to support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence

24 organisations which support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence across Merseyside are set to benefit from a share of nearly ₤500,000 of extra funding, secured by the Region's Police Commissioner and made available in response to the epidemic. Jane Kennedy was awarded a total of ₤498,885 to fund services supporting vulnerable victims through the Covid-19 crisis, as part of the Ministry of Justice's recently announced package of additional funding for victims. Following a detailed assessment process, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) on Thursday, 25 June 2020, announced the 24 charities and social enterprises which have been allocated a share of the extra funding, which will help them meet the additional costs caused by the pandemic and to cope with any surge in demand.

From the funding, the Commissioner has awarded ₤231,000 to the region's 5 local Authorities, who will in turn provide this funding to 8 domestic abuse support services which they are already working with in their own areas, including Local Solutions and the Liverpool Domestic Abuse Service, Tomorrow's Women Wirral, Sefton Women's and Children's Aid (SWACA) and Torus in St Helens. A further ₤10,000 has been allocated to the PCC's Victim Care Merseyside partners, Victim Support and Savera UK, to enhance the support they offer to vulnerable victims and victims of honour based crimes respectively. A further Ł137,400 will be shared between 8 additional domestic abuse services, not previously commissioned by the PCC or the Local Authorities, to enhance the support services they provide. This includes more than ₤15,000 for women's refuge AMADUDU in Liverpool, ₤25,000 to Sefton based women's organisation Venus, which provides counselling and support services to domestic abuse victims, and more than ₤23,000 to established women's mental health and domestic abuse charity the Chrysalis Centre for Change in St Helens. An additional ₤120,500 has been allocated to 7 organisations working to support victims of sexual violence, with approximately ₤47,000 of that money being awarded to RASA Merseyside and RASASC, who already jointly deliver the PCC's pan-Merseyside dedicated aftercare support service for survivors of rape and sexual assault. A further ₤9,000 has been allocated to social enterprise Catch22 to help them deliver their crucial work supporting victims of child sexual exploitation.

Other beneficiaries include Birkenhead based charity WEB who provide 1 to 1 therapeutic counselling services for men and women who have been victimised by sexual violence or domestic abuse, social enterprise PSS to help run their Ruby project, which offers a package of support for vulnerable victims, and Changing Lives who will use the funding to provide additional outreach work to support sex workers who are further at risk during the crisis. Granby Somali Women's were the only organisation to receive funding to deliver services to victims of both domestic abuse and sexual violence. They received a total of ₤31,950 to increase the hours they can offer their services and to buy additional IT equipment to improve their remote response.

Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said:- "I am pleased to be able to announce this additional funding for 24 fantastic charities and social enterprises which are doing crucial work supporting some of the most vulnerable victims of crime across Merseyside. These 24 organisations have been operating tirelessly throughout this global pandemic to continue to provide guidance, care and support to victims of some of the most harmful and damaging crimes. Sadly, some of these organisations have already seen an increase in demand for their services, while others have struggled with staff absences or a lack of appropriate equipment to work remotely. Supporting victims of domestic abuse or sexual violence is incredibly demanding work at any time, let alone when exacerbated by the extraordinary challenges created by Covid-19. This much-needed additional funding will help these charities and social enterprises not only to continue to deliver these essential services, but hopefully also to enhance the support they can provide during these testing times, ensuring vulnerable victims are not left to suffer alone and can access vital support as they cope and recover from their traumatic experiences."

The funding, which was ring fenced into 3 separate funds; domestic abuse services already commissioned by the PCC, domestic abuse services not commissioned by the PCC and sexual violence services; will run until the end of October 2020. The money is part of a wider ₤76m funding package provided by the Government with the aim of supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, vulnerable children and their families during the Covid-19 pandemic

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 1,006 cases and the total number now stand at 309,360, 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 186 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 43,414.

In England, there are a total of 159,958 confirmed cases. North West - total of 27,199 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,680 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 978 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,363 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 765 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 418 confirmed cases.

► Knowsley, 674 confirmed cases..

► Blackpool, 682 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 422 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 1,058 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 817 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,239 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 1,349 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 3,842 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,728 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,156 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 883 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,090 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 870 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 884 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 1,234 confirmed cases

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