Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-05-27

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English Seaside Towns overwhelmed with ‘irresponsible’ day trippers after easing of Government lock down

IT is not just Merseyside and Lancashire that have had major problems with day trippers after the easing of Government lock down, with heavily congested roads as people head to the beach and other attractions. Councils in areas around the English coastline had requested people not to go to the beaches, but sadly, seaside and surrounding places are still being overwhelmed. Now people on Merseyside are now even more worried after seeing what happened in Weston Super Mare, Somerset. Locals living in Weston Super Mare, just as here on Merseyside, are not only furious about the congestion and dangerous parking, but also at the shocking amounts of litter, and worse. Councils in Weston Super Mare, as did those on Merseyside, had issued a clear warning that said:- "There no amenities or toilets were open for drivers on arrival," but still they came. With many complaining about the lack of facilities!

Now, even more worrying is that locals within the Weston Super Mare believe the hordes of "irresponsible" families and groups, who are said to have come from over 100 miles away, triggered the new healthcare crisis within that area. There is no direct provable link currently, but as symptoms appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus, along with the spike in Covid-19 cases being seen, that lead to Weston General Hospital, on 25 May 2020, closing its A&E Department to new admissions. Alarm bells should ring!

It's bad enough even in normal circumstances that resorts have to deal with local roads becoming heavily congested, as when beaches become exceptionally busy on a normal bank holiday, along with all the issues associated with it, but with the risk of infection for the local community being increased, new laws might be required. Just as in our area, people ignored requests not to come after tweets being sent out by Newquay Police Response:- "Important message. The traffic heading to the North Devon beaches is exceptionally busy. The beach car parks are now closed for new traffic. Please avoid the area." But they still came and on 21 May 2020, a the joint statement was issued by Devon and Cornwall along with Dorset Police's Road Policing team who said:- "Come on people, let's have a shred of consideration for the local communities. We appreciate the restrictions have been relaxed but let’s use some common sense, please?" Not only that, just as happened on Merseyside, the area had lots of reports about cars being parked illegally all over town and the seafront, Traffic wardens ran out of tickets, emergency services were blocked and roads gridlocked.

After the growing issues and problems in the Sefton area since the easing of the lock down, Cllr Nina Killen, who is a Member of the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton and Chief of Staff for Bill Esterson, MP for Sefton Central Constituency has said:- "Sefton Council and Merseyside Police have meet to discuss management of visitors and traffic to the coast over the next weekend. With a heat wave predicted, and some beach car parks still closed, I dread the impact. Please do not travel here as there are too few facilities open. I asked Merseyside Police to consider closing some roads or turning traffic away, once the Formby Beach Car Parks are full, as the gridlocked roads are a nuisance to residents and potentially dangerous. I have been told that there will be civil enforcement officers patrolling the coast all day to ticket cars."

Do you agree? At such a time of risk, we should not be encouraging people travelling from all over the UK to go the seaside. We need to have new laws to protect residents and also more support for local businesses that rely on tourism to help them handle the numbers that have not been seen for many years. If not, we risk the danger of a repeat of what has possibly happened within Weston Super Mare. What are your thoughts on this issue? Are you worried of a rise in infections within the Merseyside community?  Please email us at:-
News24@SouthportReporter.Com with your thoughts on this issue.

Licensing drive in movies and Church Services

ON 27 May 2020, drive in movie and Church Service event organisers could be granted temporary radio licences by Ofcom, which may allow film lovers and congregations to come together while still observing social distancing. Ofcom has updated its licensing information to offer guidance to individuals or organisations who may wish to hold these types of events. They require a:- 'restricted service licence' from Ofcom, so that people in their cars can hear the film soundtrack, or what is being said, on their FM car radios. Given the current Coronavirus pandemic, we are waiving the usual 60 day notice period for licence applications. We will also process applications quickly, with the aim of providing an answer to applicants within 2 weeks of it being received. We recognise that these events may be a way for communities and congregations to enjoy a film or to worship, while still observing social distancing. In granting any licence, however, we are not authorising the event itself. It is for licensees to ensure that any events are permissible under Covid19 related laws and guidance. More information, including on how to apply for a restricted service licence, is available online.

A computer virus pandemic could be looming in your inbox!

WARNING has been issued after a rise in fake emails claiming to be your:- 'service provider' like:- "System Notification: Error receiving emails" have started to hit inboxes as businesses start heading back to work. Other emails being reported include fake invoices and job orders. These often have links and attachments that try to infect your computer with viruses or aimed at giving away personal details, from bank account information to network passwords. As people go back, many will find inboxes overflowing, and the people sending these emails hope that the volume being checked will lead to the infected or phishing email being acted on by the receiver. Some of the emails, including a:- 'Facebook' email even displays a Facebook email address, but don't be fooled. Do not open attachments and keep your antivirus software up to date.

How will contact tracing work in England?

IN England the Government has announced that a new contact tracing system will be launched on Thursday, 28 May 2020. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that they will have 25,000 Clinical Contact Caseworkers who will be responsible for liaising over the phone with Covid-19 patients. We are told that they will assist in the tracing and tracking of anyone they have been in contact with and then getting those who have been in contact with the patient to self isolate for 14 days. From the 28 May, anyone within England who tests positive for Coronavirus will be contacted by a Clinical Contact Caseworker and asked to log on to the NHS Test and Trace website. On the site they'll be asked for details of people with whom they've been in close contact with, within 2m (6ft) for more than 15 minutes, including household members, But, parent or guardian. But permission is needed should if the owner of the phone be found to be under 18 for the call to continue. The identified close contacts will be told to stay at home for up to 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, in order to stop them from unknowingly spreading the virus. But, the rest of their household will not have to self isolate alongside them, unless they also develop symptoms. This system is hoped to aid in the reopening of businesses after lockdown and help stop future outbreaks, But already many questions are now being asked. The main question is who will pay those who are asked to isolate? Others include how to check a contact tracer is who they report to be and what happens should tracers get given the wrong information? Eventually the Government hopes a free NHS smartphone app will work in tandem with manual tracing. We are told that currently the tracing app has taken place on the Isle of Wight with mixed results. Northern Ireland has its own version of the contact tracing up and is us now running. On Thursday, Scotland will also have its own system. Wales's tracing system is expected to start in early June 2020. Responding to the government launch of the new NHS Test and Trace Service, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, said:- "COVID-19 is best understood as a pattern of local outbreaks, rather than a national pandemic with a similar impact in every community, which is why Councils as local leaders have a fundamental role to play in the test and trace service. It is good Government has recognised the importance of Directors of public health within Councils, who need to have the necessary powers and Authority to lead the response locally and tackle outbreaks early and aggressively. The success of the programme will also depend on the continued support and co-operation of the general public. We believe they would be reassured and encouraged if the roll out of the service is underpinned by the leadership of their Local Council. Environmental Health, Emergency Planners, Trading Standards, Public Health, including:- Sexual Health Services and Infection Control Nurses are just some of the Council services which can use their considerable expertise and unparalleled experience, to help in stopping the spread of Coronavirus. As we move into the next phase, it is important that Councils have the capacity and necessary data to play their full part in this national programme, so they can understand where the outbreaks are happening and be able to act quickly to contain them."

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

THE total number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 2,013 cases and the total number now stand at 267,240, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals. The total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory is 37,460. Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 412 according to the Department of Health. In England, there are a total of 150,903 confirmed cases. North West - total of 25,260 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,607 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 925 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,257 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 752 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 394 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 3,552 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,102 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 1,204 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,552 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,044 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 804 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 1,192 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 1,007 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 770 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 741 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 709 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,065 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 408 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 27/05/2020. Last updated 4.11pm 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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