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COVID CASES RISING: Infection levels increasing

 

Only four wards in Liverpool still have suppressed levels of coronavirus after a significant rise in cases in recent weeks.

 

Infection levels in the city as a whole stood at sixty eight point five cases per hundred thousand people in the seven days up to June 7. We’ve got the latest picture for the city.

There were a total of 341 cases recorded in the week up to June 7, triple what was seen the week before.

The recent rises in infections across the city can also be clearly seen at the local level.

A month ago, only four of the city's wards had recordable levels of coronavirus, with the other 26 having "suppressed" levels.

Now, those figures are reversed, with only West Derby, Childwall, Church and Cressington recording fewer than five cases and falling into the "suppressed" category.

Liverpool's situation reflects one seen in much of the UK, with rising case levels in recent weeks.

Nationally, those rise are now beginning to show an impact on hospitalisation levels, with the number of Covid patients in hospitals in England rising to more than 1,000 people for the first time since mid-May.

Liverpool, along with Merseyside's other boroughs, is largely in a better position than many boroughs in the neighbouring regions of Greater Manchester and Lancashire, but rates here are still rising.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said the more transmissible Delta variant is accounting for nine in ten new cases.

It comes as health experts continue to urge people to get both Covid jabs once eligible.

Last week saw a mammoth day for vaccine bookings as people over the age of 25 became eligible to receive a jab. More than 1million bookings were made last Wednesday alone.

Experts say the availale data indicates the vaccine provides good protection against the Delta variant but that two jabs are needed to secure that high level of protection.

The Mayor of Liverpool is backing Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and the leaders of Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral Councils in calling on the Government for extra vaccine supplies for Liverpool City Region.

In a letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi, Mayor Joanne Anderson and other political leaders say that the Liverpool City Region is now "surrounded" by areas with high infection rates and that it is inevitable that the City Region will be next.

The leaders had previously written to the vaccines minister on 21 May but have yet to receive a response. Since then, the situation has continued to deteriorate in neighbouring areas, meaning that there is now an urgent need to act now to achieve maximum vaccine coverage amongst vulnerable communities.

The Liverpool City Region has been hit harder than other areas during the pandemic and was in autumn last year the first to be put in to tier 3 measures. It is already challenged by deep-rooted health inequalities, which have been made worse during the pandemic.

While the city's overall infection rate remains much lower than what was seen earlier in 2021, pockets of concerningly high levels have emerged in the city.

Unlike earlier in the year, a significantly larger proportion of the population have received either one or both doses of a vaccine, meaning there is a higher level of protection within the population.

A combination of the Delta variant, which is believed to be more transmissible, and an easing of restrictions are believed to be causing a new surge in cases.

 


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