Liverpool City Region COVID-19 statistics - 2020-06-29

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Increase in Merseyrail services following further easing of lockdown restrictions

FOLLOWING the UK Government's announcement of the easing of lockdown restrictions last week, Merseyrail services will be increasing, from Sunday, 5 July 2020. These changes to the service are being put in place to support the expected increase in passenger numbers, as more people begin to make necessary journeys across the City Region.

A summary of the changes can be found below:-

Monday to Saturday...

► Southport line - services will return to running every 15 minutes throughout the day.

► Hunts Cross line - services will return to running every 15 minutes throughout the day.

► Kirkby line - a 30 minute service will run all day.

► Ormskirk line - a 30 minute service will run all day.

► Chester & Ellesmere Port lines - a 30 minute service will run on both lines with a 15 minute service running between Hooton and Liverpool City Centre stations.

► New Brighton line - a 30 minute service will run all day.

► West Kirby line - a 30 minute service will run all day.


► Southport line - a 15 minute service will run from start of service until 19:00, then every 30 minutes until end of service.

► Hunts Cross line - an hourly service will run all day.

► Kirkby line - an hourly service will run all day.

► Ormskirk line - an hourly service will run all day.

► Chester and Ellesmere Port line - an hourly service will run all day on both lines with an additional hourly shuttle service between Ellesmere Port and Hooton stations which provides connections to and from Liverpool City Centre.

► New Brighton line - a 45 minute service will run all day.

► West Kirby line - a 45 minute service will run all day.

Full timetables and details can be found on the Merseyrail website, and passengers are encouraged to check before they travel. This can be done by visiting:-
Merseyrail.Org or by sending a message, on WhatsApp on:- 0151 555 1111.

Merseyrail is doing everything possible to keep its passengers safe during their journey. Those needing to travel are reminded to:-

► Wear a face covering as per Government guidance.

► Use contactless payments where possible.

► Travel at times.

► Wash or sanitise hands as soon as possible before and after travel.

► Follow advice from staff and be considerate to other passengers.

Keep up to date with the latest official health advice.

Andy Heath, Managing Director at Merseyrail, said:-
"During this pandemic, our staff have worked hard to ensure that train services have continued to operate for those who need them, albeit at a reduced level. Following the Government's announcement earlier this week, we are now in a position to increase our services in anticipation of increased numbers of passengers using our trains. I'd stress that the Government guidance remains that public transport is to be used for necessary journeys only. I would also like to remind our passengers that; as per Government guidance; they must wear a face covering on public transport for the safety of yourselves, fellow passengers and our staff.".

Praise for Police who took action to stop an illegal "rave" on Formby Beach

MP Bill Esterson has praised Police for their action to stop an illegal "rave" on Formby Beach, and has urged crowds to stay away from the coast to keep the Coronavirus infection rate low. During scorching hot weather, on Wednesday, 24 June 2020 and Thursday, 25 June 2020, an estimated 10,000 people descended on the Sefton coast each day, and there were social media posts advertising a rave on Wednesday afternoon. Police deployed extra Officers and a Helicopter to locate the group and confiscate speakers, a generator and a mixing deck worth ₤10,000.

Sefton Central MP Mr Esterson said:- "We have had another week of huge crowds at our beaches with the knock on effect of awful traffic and parking problems and a lack of social distancing. We need to be mindful that the drop in infection rates has levelled off and we could soon see a rise in the numbers of people falling ill if we don't all take our responsibilities to each other seriously. The Police acted decisively to stop a group which they estimated could have hit 1,000 in size from setting up DJ equipment to have a party. The Police also confiscated huge amounts of alcohol and stopped car loads of young people on the way into Formby, to tell them to turn back. It has hopefully made these people think twice about trying the same thing in Sefton again. More needs to be done to stop huge numbers travelling to beaches. The health secretary needs to do whatever is needed to ensure we don't get a rise in infections. He this week said he might close beaches, but it will be very difficult for the Government to put that genie back in the bottle now. We have to appeal to the public to take responsibility, think of the key workers who might not be able to get to work because of the gridlocked traffic, think of those who might be vulnerable to the effects of the virus. The Government should not have changed it's original advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and stay safe as carelessly as it did. But that has gone now, so it is up to everyone to play their part. We know that other countries have seen an increase in infection rates. We know that pandemics generally see further spikes in infection. We know how deadly this virus is and that the lockdown was precisely because this is so dangerous. No one should be in any doubt that we all need to continue to take great care even as restrictions are eased. Encouraging the economy to restart and for more children to go to School is right, but it has to be done safely. People should still work from home and minimise contact where they can. People should keep their distance in shops and indoors with people from outside their households. Failure to do so will see infection and illness return in a very significant way. Just look at other countries to see what is happening there where restrictions are not in place."

Residents of Formby and Crosby reported hundreds of cars parked illegally and "mountains" of litter. The MP said the situation was reaching crisis point. "The impact of visitor numbers on what is essentially a residential area has reached a crisis point. This has been exacerbated by the Covid19 restrictions because many more people are off work, kids off School and other leisure facilities like pools, pubs and restaurants and even Ainsdale beach have been closed, which has led to huge numbers of visitors coming to Formby and Crosby beaches. We have to find a way to stop more and more traffic entering residential areas to stop them becoming so overwhelmed. Police have been closing roads and directing traffic and maybe this needs to be done further out, away from the beach car park entrances. The Police have the powers to tow cars away so it would be good to see them do that to send a message that the parking restrictions are not optional. So many people seem happy to pay a ₤35 fine, but that's not OK. The Council have put together a coastal visitor action plan which includes proposals for using Woodvale as a park and ride and that is welcome."

Sefton's Coastal Visitor Management Plan on:- Sefton.Gov.UK or by clicking on here.

2 appear at Liverpool Magistrates' Court in to Liverpool FC Pier Head Disorder

19 year old, Matthew Egglesden, from Scarisbrick, Lancashire, has been charged with causing ₤10,000 worth of damage to the Grade I listed Royal Liver Building, after Liverpool FC's Premier League title win, on the night of Friday, 26 June 2020. Appeared before District Judge Paul Heeley at Liverpool Magistrates' Court, he is reported to have only spoken to confirm his name, address and nationality and to indicate no plea to the offence. He has since been banned from entering Liverpool City Centre while on conditional bail, that states he must reside at the address listed on the Court's system. He is expected to appear again in Court, on 27 July 2020, where he will enter a plea to the 1st charge and again, on 27 August 2020, to face the charge of lighting a firework in a public place. Also, in connection to the same mass gathering, 26 year old, Craig Campbell, from Kirkdale, also appeared in Liverpool Magistrates' Court, on a separate charge, of assault. In total 15 other people have been bailed after being arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, according to a Police Spokesperson, following the disorder, on Friday, 26 June 2020, at the Pier Head.

Emotional Wellbeing of Care Staff

CARE England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, welcomes the establishment a national support service for Care Workers. Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:- "Care workers are the front line, they need and deserve a centralised support service where they can glean emotional support. COVID-19 has put even more emotional pressures on adult social care workers and it is of paramount importance that we support them. Our staff are our biggest and best resource and need to be treated accordingly."

On 29 June Dr Rosena Allin Khan MP, Shadow Minister for Mental Health, proposed a national support service with a centralised number that care workers can ring if and when they need emotional support. Labour's 4 stage Care for Carers package would cover all NHS and social care staff in England. Staffed by paid professionals it would include:-

1. A new national hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

2. Follow up support, including:- specialist assessments and referrals.

3. Intervention and treatment, including:- specialised PTSD support.

4. Follow up and sign posted to external services, such as alcohol and addiction services.

Dr Rosena Allin Khan MP, Shadow Minister for Mental Health, says:-
"Even before the pandemic hit, the case for investing in this kind of support was clear. Coronavirus has exacerbated the existing crisis in mental health. We need to care for our carers. It is time for the Government to give back to those who have sacrificed so much to keep our loved ones safe. Unless our staff are protected, they cannot continue their vital work of keeping us all safe."

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

IT was reported today, that on Sunday, 28 June 2020, the world reached 2 grim milestones, as the Coronavirus pandemic has now eclipsed 10 million confirmed cases globally and the number of reported fatalities has topped 500,000 deaths, related to the virus, worldwide.

The latest total number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, has risen by 815 cases and the total number now stand at 311,965, 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 25 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 43,575.

In England, there are a total of 160,391 confirmed cases. North West - total of 27,272 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,679 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 980 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,365 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 766 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 418 confirmed cases.

► Knowsley, 677 confirmed cases..

► Blackpool,682 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 422 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 1,061 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 818 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,245 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 1,355 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 3,850 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,743 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,159 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 887 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,091 confirmed cases.

► Salford, 983 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 881 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 885 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 1,231 confirmed cases

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