Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-05-31

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This page last updated on 31 May 2020

This is our final daily lockdown update news page

THE next few weeks we will be adding local statistics on here, but as people are going back to work, we are retuning back to our normal weekly news service. We will continue to keeping up up to date via our free email service, on Formby Reporter and we will be adding the odd update on these pages, if anything major happens. We hope this unusual time in our lives is over. We will start running updates like this should we go back into a full lockdown, lets hope that that does not happen. Please stay safe and keep aware of the thereat hanging over us all from Covid-19 and stay safe.

COVID-19 mortality in Hospitalised cancer patients is not significantly affected by anti-cancer treatments, study finds

A new study led by the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford has found the mortality rate in cancer patients who are assessed or treated in Hospital with COVID-19 is not significantly affected by chemotherapy or other anti-cancer treatments. Published in The Lancet, the study was devised by steering committee of the UK Coronavirus Cancer Monitoring Project (UKCCMP) which launched in March, and collects information on UK cancer patients who are diagnosed with COVID-19. The UKCCMP forms the largest prospective database and analysis of COVID-19 in this group of patients. The project was set up to rapidly assimilate and disseminate data about the course of COVID-19 in cancer patients, and to evaluate whether recent (within 4 weeks) or current chemotherapy or other active cancer treatment (radiotherapy, immunotherapy or hormonal therapy) impacted upon this trajectory in terms of morbidity and mortality. Local clinicians at each participating centre reported the clinical outcome of the inputted patients, recording whether they died or were discharged, and also detailing other important risk factors such as:- age, gender, and the presence of comorbidities. 55 cancer centres across the UK reported into the UKCCMP, analysing the outcomes of the first 800 COVID19-positive cancer patients. Results found 169 of the 800 were reported as having no comorbidities other than cancer. In the remaining 631 patients, other comorbidities included hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In terms of COVID-19 disease trajectory, over half of patients followed a mild disease course. As in the general population, patients who were older and suffered other co-morbidities were at increased risk of death compared to younger patients without any other underlying comorbidities. The overall mortality rate was 28%. Recent receipt (within 4 weeks) of chemotherapy was not associated with an increased risk of death.

Joint-lead author Dr Lennard Lee, Medical Oncology Clinical Academic from the University of Birmingham's Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences said:- "This project is a great illustration of what can be achieved by the UK oncology community. We have joined forces to learn from each other and answer the most pressing questions for cancer patients. The UKCCMP projects will be crucial in providing the necessarily tools to enable to identify and mitigate risks to cancer patients now and in any possible pandemic phases. This will ensure the highest levels of cancer care will continue to be provided across the UK."

Joint-lead author Professor Jean-Baptiste Cazier, Director of the Centre for Computational Biology at the University of Birmingham said:- "This study demonstrates the power of the rapid integration of data from across the country to deliver actionable knowledge in near-real-time and inform clinicians and cancer patients, enabling them to make critical decisions in these challenging times. This close collaboration between oncologists and data scientists through the Centre for Computational Biology illustrates how expert use of data can have an immediate impact on patients' lives."

Joint-senior author, Professor Gary Middleton from the University of Birmingham said:- "We hope this study will be reassuring for cancer patients, as to whether chemotherapy or anti-cancer treatments will increase their risk of dying from COVID-19. Including their increased risk due to their cancer, our answer is not necessarily so. Our data strongly shows that cancer COVID-19 mortality is principally driven by advancing age and the presence of other non-cancer co-morbidities."

Joint senior author, Professor Rachel Kerr from the University of Oxford said:- "I am incredibly proud of how hard my colleagues have worked to deliver this hugely important and timely study. The team comprises a wealth of expertise from consultant oncologists to computational data scientists, but actually also could not have been delivered without the dedication of our junior doctors and medical and biological science undergraduates. Sterling team work which has produced a really critical answer for our understandably concerned cancer patients and community."

More Mersey Ferry services added as people Rethink Travel

COMMUTER services on the iconic Mersey Ferries will increase from Monday, 1 June 2020. With more people starting to move around the City region as lockdown restrictions start to ease, commuters are being asked to rethink how they travel.  And increasing numbers are turning to the world-famous Mersey Ferries for their original purpose; as a key mode of public transport. The advice from Merseytravel's ReThink Travel campaign continues to be that people should only travel if necessary and think carefully about when and by what means they travel. But, as more people return to work, the step up in Mersey Ferry services provides another valuable cross river option for commuters as space on all public transport is greatly reduced due to social distancing rules.

The additional commuter services each morning and evening and will be introduced on a phased basis, in anticipation of a further increase in the number of people needing to travel and get to and from work. By 15 June 2020 there will be services running all day and at weekends providing people with more travel choices and to help spread demand on the city region's transport network as a whole. Travelling by Mersey Ferry offers the opportunity for people travel in the open air, with capacity to enable social distancing, supported by safe embarkation and disembarkation protocols. It also offers a great opportunity to make cycling and walking part of the daily cross river commute.

Mersey Ferries were temporarily suspended at the beginning of lockdown and as only a handful of passengers were using the services. A decision was taken to re-instate the weekday commuter services in mid-may in direct response to the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Cllr Liam Robinson, Portfolio Holder for Transport for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said:- "Our iconic Mersey Ferries are back in service to support people travelling and they are a great way to incorporate walking and cycling into your journey. The commuter service only takes 10 minutes to cross the river and with social distancing being managed on board and plenty of car park spaces at Seacombe, people should take advantage of this fantastic way to travel. There's going to be more people on the move in the coming weeks and our Re Think travel campaign ask us all to consider if, how and when we will travel so that we can help keep everyone safe. This means planning our journeys including avoiding the peak and staggering journey times as well as paying by contactless as well as considering different ways to travel such as cycling, walking and the Mersey Ferries."

Customers are advised to follow Merseytravel's Re Think travel campaign and use the advice to plan their journeys and help keep everyone safe. Social distancing measures are in place at both the Pier Head and Seacombe terminals and on board the vessels to protect both passengers and staff. There is free parking for 370 cars at Seacombe Terminal. Customers are asked to pay for their tickets by contactless card and use the on site ticket vending machines wherever possible.

Service information - for timetable details please go to the Mersey Ferries website.

Week 1 June - Weekday Commuter Service between 07:20 to 11:00 and 15:00 to 19:00; Week 8 June - Weekday Commuter Service between 07:20 to 19:00; Week 15 June - Weekday Commuter Service between 07:20 to 19:00 and Weekend hourly cross river service 10:00 to 17:00.

Dogs in Liverpool to benefit from work changes

THE big winners from the lockdown are most definitely our furry friends, with thousands of "9 to 5ers" now working from home, the lives of our dogs are only going to get better. "Our dog Molly has enjoyed regular walks and more play time than ever; this is a trend that is going to continue well past lockdown and force changes to our workspaces." explains Jonathan Ratcliffe, of Liverpool office provider, Offices.Co.UK.  During lockdown, our dogs have provided entertainment for the kids, helped those with their daily exercise and provided comfort to those lonely and isolated; but the place of the dog in our working routine is about to change more than it has in the last 100 years. As more of us work from home and can be more flexible in our daily routines, we will be spending more working time with our dogs than ever, and as we come out of lockdown workplaces throughout Liverpool will have to adapt to these changes too. Office spaces in Liverpool are already taking a more flexible position to enquiries containing the previously dreaded words "dog friendly."   "We estimate that around 10% of the serviced office spaces in Liverpool are currently dog friendly; we predict this to grow to around 30% before the end of 2021." explains Ratcliffe. The "dog friendly" office trend originally started in the States, but more and more businesses in Liverpool are now demanding it. As more and more employees work flexibly from home and as dog ownership rises because people have more time to look after them, the trend may well be extended to large corporate offices too. "Post Covid workplaces throughout Liverpool are going to be more employee led, and it'll be interesting to see if the bigger office buildings welcome dogs, this will remain to be seen. What we do know is that more time at home means more wagging tails from our furry friends." concludes Jonathan Ratcliffe, from Offices.Co.UK.

Mums find lockdown has meant more time to breastfeed

MUMS across Merseyside have been discovering some unexpected benefits of lockdown. It has meant that many women have found protected time to breastfeed due to fewer visitors, and more time at home. It comes as Merseyside marks National Breastfeeding Week from Monday, 1 June 2020, with a series of events organised by breastfeeding support workers across the area. It will kick off with an online:- 'latch on' at 11am, on Monday, 1 June 2020, over Zoom organised by Liverpool Bambis, the peer support group for Mums. 

Liverpool Mum Sarah King said:- "I've had time to relax with my baby after working in a very stressful industry it's been amazing to spend time bonding and learning how to be a Mum. I'm a single Mum and thought this was going to be the worst time ever. Breastfeeding terrified me and I set out to only do 6 weeks initially but this time has made me love it and feel super confident about doing it."

To sign up, visit the Liverpool Bambis Facebook Group.  Although the local breastfeeding rate has been increasing steadily in recent years, Liverpool still lags behind the national average. A total of 59% of new Mums start breastfeeding in Liverpool, compared to 67% across the country. This falls to 37% by 6 weeks, compared to a national rate of 46%. More information about the support Liverpool Bambis offer is available online
Mum Sarah Macindoe, from Wirral, said:- "This lockdown has meant we got time together to be a family. We normally only really have the weekends together as my husband works long days. We've enjoyed mornings in bed together playing and laughing. My husband and daughter have had so much bonding time together it's been so lovely to see them as a 2 and also enjoy it as a 3, or 5 if you count our 2 dogs!"

Liverpool's Director of Public Health, Matt Ashton, said:-
"Breastfeeding for even a short period gives children the best start in life and National Breastfeeding Week is a chance for us to celebrate how far we've come with all our parents, health visitors and Bambis peer supporters. This year we all find ourselves in extraordinary circumstances, but to hear that many women are finding more time to breastfeed brings a glimmer of hope to what has been a difficult few months."

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 1,936 cases and the total number now stand at 274,762, 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 38,489. Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 113 according to the Department of Health. In England, there are a total of 34,272 confirmed cases. North West - total of 25,637 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,627 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 932 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,286 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 750 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 399 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 3,616 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,141 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 1,231 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,578 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,049 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 825 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 1,206 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 1,018 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 790 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 757 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 731 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,076 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 410 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of Sunday, 31 May 2020, at 4:05pm 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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