Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-07-27

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This page last updated on 27 July 2020

Businesses warned of COVID 19 secure inspection scam

SEFTON Council is warning the Borough’s businesses to be vigilant after reports of a possible COVID-19 inspection scam. The Council’s Trading Standards has reports saying of businesses being contacted by someone claiming to be from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The caller has requested permission to undertake a COVID 19 secure inspection of their premises, but has also claimed the business could receive a reward up to ₤2,000 if they score highly in the inspection.

These calls could be related to a scam because no law enforcement agency would offer a financial inducement. Additionally, the FSA does not inspect local businesses as this is the responsibility of the Local Authority and COVID-19 is not a food matter, but a Health and Safety one. Throughout the pandemic, the Council has received reports of scams and businesses are urged to stay Safe and Savvy. Any business that is concerned they may have been targeted by a scam should report it to Sefton Trading Standards by emailing:- ETSContact@Sefton.Gov.UK, by calling:- 03454040506 or visiting Sefton Trading Standards  For members of the public, you can report scams via:- CitizensAdvice.Org.UK.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said:- "This type of behaviour is both shocking and disgraceful and has an impact on businesses that have already been badly affected by COVID 19 during Lockdown. We advise businesses to take extra vigilant and be aware of these new scams that can take many forms. The general rule of scams applies; if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. In the meantime, businesses should follow the official government advice, and take all necessary precautions."

Sefton Council backs Royal British Legion’s campaign to get veterans on the census

SEFTON Council is delighted that the Government has announced the 2021 census will now include a question on whether someone has served in the Armed Forces. For the 1st time in the history of the census, it will now include a question on previous service in HM Armed Forces, providing a detailed snapshot of the number, profile and potential needs of military veterans living in England and Wales. It has been estimated that there are 2.4m veterans currently living in the UK, who make up part of a wider ex-service community which includes their spouses, partners, dependent children and widow(er)s. However, little is currently known about the exact numbers, location and needs of this significant group. Including an Armed Forces question in the next census will provide public bodies, charities and Local Authorities such as Sefton Council with valuable information to ensure they are able to deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces community, whether they are still serving, veterans, and their family members. The Royal British Legion, which led the campaign, is at the heart of a national network offering a range of support and services to the Armed Forces community.

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council said:- "I’m delighted that the 2021 census will now include this vitally important question and will significantly improve our understanding of the Armed Forces in our local community. As a council will be able to use this new information to help shape our services, ensuring that we can deliver the best possible service to servicemen and women when it is needed. We are also delighted and are extremely grateful to have supported The Royal British Legion who have campaigned to make this happen.”

Vets offer reassurance after pet cat tests positive for Covid-19 in the UK

THE British Veterinary Association (BVA) has issued advice for pet owners after it emerged that the virus responsible for Covid-19 had been detected in a pet cat in England, in the first such known case in the UK. A statement issued by Defra, on 27 July 2020 said that the infection was confirmed following tests at the Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA) laboratory, in Weybridge, on 22 July 2020. A Private Vet diagnosed the pet with feline herpes, a common respiratory infection in cats, but the sample was also tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus as part of a research programme. Follow up tests at the APHA laboratory confirmed that the cat was simultaneously infected with this virus. The UK Government has emphasised that all available evidence suggests that the cat contracted the Coronavirus from its owners, who had previously tested positive for Covid-19. The cat and its owners have since made a full recovery and no other animals or people in the household were affected. Staff at the Veterinary Practice, where the cat was treated, were aware of the household’s Covid-19 status and were not impacted by the virus.

Responding to the news, BVA President Daniella Dos Santos said:- "While pet owners may be worried by this news, we’d like to emphasise that there continues to be no evidence that infected pets can pass Covid-19 to their owners. There have been a tiny number of cases of Covid-19 in domestic animals worldwide and in all cases, it appears likely that the transmission was from infected humans to animals. We have been in touch with vets in Government and the local Veterinary Practice for information and have been informed that the cat only showed mild clinical signs and has since made a full recovery. Our advice to pet owners who have Covid-19 or who are self isolating with symptoms remains to restrict contact with their pets as a precautionary measure and to practise good hygiene, including regular hand washing. We also recommend that owners who are confirmed or suspected to have Covid-19 should keep their cat indoors if possible, but only if the cat is happy to be kept indoors. Some cats cannot stay indoors due to stress related medical reasons. It is also the case that animals may act as fomites, as the virus could be on their fur in the same way it is on other surfaces, such as tables and doorknobs. That’s why good hand hygiene remains important."

BVA has issued the following advice for pet owners confirmed or suspected to have Covid-19:-

Restrict contact with pets as a precautionary measure.

If your pet requires care, wash your hands before and after any interaction with them and wear a face mask if possible.

Keep cats indoors if possible, and only if they are happy to be indoors. Try to arrange for someone else to exercise dogs, taking care to restrict any contact with the person walking your dog and making sure they practise good hand hygiene. This is to reduce the likelihood of your pet spreading the disease through environmental contamination on their fur; there is no evidence that pet animals can pass Covid-19 to humans.

If your pet shows clinical signs, please do not take it to the vet but call the practice for advice first and alert them to the household’s status.

If your pet requires essential treatment, call the practice for further advice. Do not take your pet to the surgery unless the vet instructs you to. You may need to arrange for someone else to transport your pet for treatment.

More BVA guidance for pet owners is available at:- BVA.Co.UK/Coronavirus. The latest Government guidance on how to continue to care for pet animals during the Coronavirus pandemic can be viewed at:- Gov.UK/Guidance/.

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 685 cases and the total number now stand at 300,111, 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 7 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 45,759.

In England, there are a total of 258,475 confirmed cases. North West - total of 45,360 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 2,510 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 1,562 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 2,061 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 1,205 confirmed cases

► Halton, 700 confirmed cases.

► Blackpool, 1,042 confirmed cases.

Blackburn with Darwen, 1,314 confirmed cases.
.    Under local lockdown warning
     Numbers up by 17 cases.

► Bolton, 1,948 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 1,322 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 2,029 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 2,230 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 7,026 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 3,158 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 2,036 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 1,830 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,704 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 1,583 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 1,370 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 2,169 confirmed cases..

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