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NEWS ROUNDUP: Events Research Programme & Liverpool Without Walls


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Coronavirus is surging once again in Wirral, with more than 600 cases registered across the borough in the space of a week. At the moment, Wirral's hospitals are dealing with seven patients who have Covid-19. The scale of Wirral’s recent surge in Covid-19 cases is laid bare in figures for the borough as a whole. As recently as the week up to May 25, Wirral’s infection rate was nine per 100,000, with just 28 cases registered. But by the week up to June 23, the rate had grown to 190 per 100,000, with 616 cases recorded. Even compared to just one week ago cases have risen significantly. In the week up to June 16, there were 394 cases recorded at a rate of 122 per 100,000.


The government has published its findings into the first phase of the Events Research Programme in which Liverpool played a major role. This included The Good Business Festival, two nightclub events hosted by Circus and the Sefton Park Pilot music festival. All attendees were required to take a lateral flow test ahead of the event – a negative test would allow them access. Five people with the Covid-19 virus were identified through this process and were informed they could not to attend. Ticketholders were encouraged to take a PCR test on the day of the event, and a second one five days later. There was no detectable spread of Covid-19 across the region following Liverpool's events.


Liverpool Without Walls, the hugely successful project, which proved to be a lifeline for the hospitality industry during the pandemic last year is set to return to help give a financial boost to festivals. Organisations can bid for grants of up to £20,000, to help them deliver outdoor arts and creative events which will encourage audiences back in to the city, showcase new talent and support Liverpool’s reputation as a city renowned for staging performances and festivals.


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