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STREETS: The latest covid picture for region

 

Cases of Covid-19 continued to fall in the region last week despite the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Local public health bosses will hope this trend continues despite the reopening of non-essential shops and outdoor hospitality a week ago. Local leaders urging residents to remain cautious.

The local NHS is working with Liverpool City Council, Arriva, and local GP practices to deliver a COVID-19 vaccination bus for the city.

The mobile vaccination clinic is part of a plan to help improve vaccine access in areas where take-up has been lower. There is already evidence that people in more deprived parts of the city are less likely to have had the vaccine, as well as those in some local black and minority ethnic communities.

Over the coming weeks, the bus will visit a number of different locations across Liverpool, reaching out to people who haven't yet taken up the offer of an appointment at one of the city's existing vaccination sites.

Vaccinations on the bus will be offered on either a drop-in or booked appointment basis – details will be shared locally ahead of each visit.

Staffed by Primary Care Networks (groups of local GP practices working together), supported by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, the vaccination bus will offer first dose COVID-19 vaccinations with no appointment needed to those most at risk from the virus.

Last week it was announced nationally that the NHS will begin to offer vaccinations to those over 45. Currently, the Liverpool vaccination bus is only vaccinating over 50s and younger people who are eligible. This is to ensure it can focus on those most at risk of COVID-19. However, local GPs have already begun inviting people aged 45 – 49 to book an appointment at a local vaccination site, and this will continue over the coming weeks.

Sefton Park is to play host to a brand new music festival as part of the national Events Research Programme.

Sefton Park Pilot will take over a small area of the Grade 1 listed historic park on Sunday 2 May, with one of the hottest indie bands of the moment taking to the stage.

On the line-up are chart topping band Blossoms, BBC 6 Music-championed The Lathums and Liverpool singer-songwriter Zuzu.

Once through the gates, gig-goers will not have to wear face coverings or maintain social distancing as this forms part of the research on the transmission of Covid-19 in an outdoor, music festival setting.

Ticket holders are required to receive a negative Lateral Flow Test the day before the event from a testing centre.

Elsewhere in the city an extra £2.3m is set to be spent to help Liverpool's businesses adapt to operating outdoors this year – and new documents indicate there could be a longer term shift toward the practice.

Liverpool Council's cabinet is set to formally accept the money from the combined authority next week.

It follows the initial scheme last year which saw major city roads such as Castle Street, Bold Street and Lark Lane shut to traffic to allow businesses to operate outside in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A council report said the original Without Walls expenditure last year helped more than 150 city businesses and created 2,723 new covers for restaurants.

However, it also said the new funding, which will see the creation of two new roles to oversee this year's rollout, will look to make remedy some issues with the temporary nature of the current infrastructure.

Funding is also set to be given to the other five boroughs in the city region, with all of them set to share findings.

Liverpool Council's cabinet will meet next Friday to formally accept the grant.

 


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