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STREET SCENES: The latest covid figures

The week up to February 26 saw 73 deaths from the Covid 19 across the city region, down from 114 in the previous week according to data from the Office for National Statistics.
Most parts of our city region are seeing a huge decline in coronavirus infection rates – with all boroughs now below seventy cases per hundred thousand people. This was the fourth week in a row that the number of Covid-19 deaths declined in the region, with Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral all seeing significant falls. But Knowsley and St Helens both saw small increases in the number of Covid deaths compared to the previous week, while Halton's death toll remained the same.
The ONS' weekly figures record all deaths where Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate, meaning the virus was either the primary cause of death or a contributing factor. As well as the overall decline, the week up to February 26 saw the number of Covid deaths in the city region's care homes halve compared to the previous week. Just eight care home deaths were recorded during the week.
The fall in weekly death reflects the fall in cases since the peak in early January as well as the success of the vaccination programme that has already seen more than a third of city region residents inoculated against Covid.
In total, the ONS figures show 4,394 people have died of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic a year ago.
Most parts of our city region are seeing a huge decline in coronavirus infection rates – with all boroughs now below 70 cases per 100,000 people.
Wirral continues to have the region's lowest rate again this week, but Liverpool is not far behind. The Liverpool City Region's average infection rate for the week ending March 6 was 62 cases per 100,000, with 882 new cases. Two weeks prior to these figures, on February 20 the infection rate for the region was 150 per 100,000, with 2,149 new cases. As in previous weeks, cases are considerably lower in some neighbourhoods, than others. And some, sadly, saw their number of cases rise in the week up to March 4. Currently, Orrell Park is the city region's worst impacted neighbourhood. Its infection rate is currently 387 per 100,000 – though this is a decrease of 42%, up from 683 in the previous week. The area known as Seaforth North saw the biggest increase in infection rates. Cases numbers jumped from two to 14, an increase of 600% – albeit from a low base. Forty five neighbourhoods are currently listed as having "suppressed" the virus. This is up from fourteen in the previous week. This means there were just two or fewer confirmed cases.
 It's been a year since thousands of fans were allowed inside Anfield for Liverpool's match against Atletico Madrid.
 Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram was just one of a list of politicians who criticised the government over its failure to call off the Champion's League game.
Speaking about the Atletico Madrid match, last April, Metro Mayor Rotheram said the game, which saw thousands of fans travel from virus-hit Madrid on March 11, should not have gone ahead and accused the government of an uneven approach to the cancellation of events early on in the outbreak.

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