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NEWS ROUNDUP: Covid rates plateau & free advice line

 
Your latest news update for the region
 
Liverpool's director of public health has said he expects the city's coronavirus rate to linger at around 50 cases per 100,000 people for the next week, rather than drop further. It comes as the return to school continues across the city, with the council looking to monitor closely the effect that has on the spread of infection.
 
Liverpool residents self-isolating or shielding due to Covid are now able to call for advice free of charge. The council’s covid isolation advice line has now become a freephone number meaning that all calls from mobile phones and landlines are free. The new number is 0800 169 3032 and will be open from Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm.
 
The Watering Can, a popular cafe in Greenbank Park in south Liverpool, submitted plans to the council that would have seen it extend to allow it to deal with Covid distancing measures. However, a series of comments on social media and verbal abuse of its staff means it is now withdrawing the plans.


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