Liverpool placed on governments 'areas of concern' list

Fri, September 11th, 2020

Following a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases, Liverpool has been placed on the...

Following a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases, Liverpool has been placed on the governments list of places that cause concern. The city needs to commit to following guidelines and be extra vigilant, according to Public Health officials, in order to avoid the reintroduction of coronavirus restrictions. 

In the last week, a total of 303 people have tested positive for the virus compared to half that just last week, highlighting that we must now work as one community to ensure we are doing all we can to bring the numbers back down.

To lower the number of cases, people are being urged to follow social distancing guidelines, wear face masks in appropriate settings, get tested if they have symptoms and wash their hands regularly.

Director of Public Health Matt Ashton said: “This is a wake-up call – cases have risen four-fold in just 14 days and if that growth continues at this rate we are going to be in a very, very serious position again before we know it.

“The next few days are absolutely critical if we are to avoid an escalation and the possibility of the type of measures that we have seen in other areas of the country when cases have risen.

“Around 60 per cent of the cases are in under 40s and the very real and present danger is that they spread the disease to older people and we start to see hospitalisation of vulnerable people.

“As we learn more about this disease we are seeing worrying evidence of the longer term effects so I make no apology for stating that this is a very dangerous disease.

“Now that schools have reopened we really need to all focus on the basics to get case numbers as low as possible and stop it spreading from the community into classrooms. That means social distancing, washing hands regularly and wearing a face covering in most indoor places.

“I am asking people to cast their minds back to March and remember how quickly case numbers rose and the devastating impact that had on all of us, our families, our city, and the NHS.

“We all have a part to play here and by working together we still have a chance of avoiding enhanced measures across the city.”

People are also being advised to use venues such as pubs, bars and restaurants that are COVID-safe, and to avoid those that aren’t taking details for test and trace, maintaining social distancing and have hand sanitization stations.
The council’s licensing team are visiting venues across the city to carry out checks on the measures they have in place, issue advice and guidance and take action where necessary.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “I’m making a plea to people in our city and people who are coming to the city to please follow the rules and the guidelines.

“Liverpool can’t afford another lockdown, we don’t want another lockdown, we’ve worked really hard to prevent economic damage to businesses and people’s jobs.

“I know it’s tough for people, but the fact of the matter is we’re starting to see an increase that could take us back to where we were in April. So we’ve got to recognise that we can place ourselves in a really difficult situation where we have to make some really tough choices about whether we do some stricter things or going into local lockdowns as we’ve seen in other parts of the city but across the whole city.

“I want to avoid that, I want to stop that happening, but for that to be the case then we all have to work together to actually make sure we are following the rules and the guidance.”

The latest weekly rate of COVID-19 in Liverpool is now around 50 cases per 100,000 people.

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