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STREETS STATE: The latest as lockdown eases

 

The city's coronavirus rate remains at its lowest level in more than six months as non-essential retail, outdoor hospitality and other sections of the economy open for the first time since the third lockdown began.

Revolucion De Cuba at the Royal Albert Dock told us how excited they were, ahead of their reopening this week.

Since the end of March, Covid-19 levels have continued to fall in the city region, reaching just 17 cases per 100,000 people last week, while more than half the population has been vaccinated against the virus.

These factors will give local health bosses hope that deaths will continue to fall as the city region emerges from lockdown.

But the public has been urged not to become complacent and keep following the rules, even if they have been vaccinated, to ensure infection rates do not start rising again.

Six people died of Covid-19 in the Liverpool City Region during the last week of March as the virus continued to retreat across the country.

The weekly death toll, covering the seven days up to April 2, was the lowest recorded in the city region since mid-September 2020 and less than half the number seen in the previous week.

Three boroughs – Knowsley, St Helens and Wirral – recorded no deaths at all during the week while the region's care homes also saw no Covid deaths for the first time in more than six months.

The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, underline the significant progress made in cutting infection levels and vaccinating residents against Covid-19 since cases peaked on January 8.

The city region's total death toll for the pandemic now stands at 4,566, a little more than a fifth of all deaths recorded since the pandemic reached the region in March 2020.

Just five Liverpool areas do not have "suppressed" levels of coronavirus as large parts of the city reopen.

According to the council's daily Covid update, Liverpool's infection rate stood at 16.9 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days up to April 9.

Twenty five wards in the city recorded less than five cases during that period, with only County, Kirkdale, Norris Green, Princes Park and Speke-Garston reporting five cases or more.

Of those wards, Princes Park still has the highest infection level, with 63.3 cases per 100,000 people.

Just 21 patients were admitted to Liverpool University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with Covid-19 in the seven days up to April 9, a fraction of the numbers seen during the peak earlier this year.

Work is also continuing in the city to ensure vaccine uptake continues, with Liverpool lagging behind other areas of the city region.

More than half the population of the region's six boroughs have now had at least one jab, but in Liverpool that figure stands at 43%.

Last week, acting mayor Wendy Simon said more targeted work would take place to try to increase areas where uptake is lagging.

Princes Park, Toxteth Park and Wavertree South have all shown consistently lower levels of inoculation.

 


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