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LIVERPOOL’S LEVELS: Covid containment measures

 

Coronavirus levels have remained steady or risen across our region as people in England adjust to the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.

 

However, the effect of vaccines means that the increase in hospitalisations is continuing to happen at a slower rate than in previous surges.

 

The highest infection rate in our region is in St Helens, followed by Knowsley, Wirral, Liverpool and Sefton.

In the seven days to July 26 Liverpool recorded 1816 new cases of Covid 19 were recorded.

ONS data suggested that one in 75 people in England currently has coronavirus, with infection levels among young people registering the highest levels recorded during the pandemic.

Enforced social distancing, mask wearing and other Covid containment measures were dropped last month as the government lifted restrictions in England.

In Wales and Scotland, some restrictions, such as mask wearing, remain in place.

Despite the lifting of restrictions in England, many areas of the economy now face significant disruption as growing numbers of people are "pinged" or asked to self-isolate after coming into close contact with someone who has later tested positive for coronavirus.

The government has announced that food shop workers would join the list of key workers who will be exempt from self isolation as long as they have been double jabbed and take part in daily testing.

No traces of coronavirus were found in tests at four major railway stations and on intercity train services, Network Rail said.

Two rounds of testing were carried out at stations including Liverpool Lime street. Places passengers regularly touch such as escalator handles, ticket machines and benches were swabbed, while hour-long air samples were taken.

Examination of the results by Imperial College London found no Covid-19 contamination of any surface, or airborne particles of the virus.

The Government dropped the legal requirement for people to wear face coverings in settings such as public transport on July 19.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has spoken of the "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" as he revealed his roadmap for delivering his vision of a stronger region.

In his manifesto for May's election, Mayor Rotheram promised to create a London-style Integrated Transport System, that makes getting about the region quick, cheap and reliable.

He also pledged to deliver a £150m Covid Recovery Fund, a guaranteed job, apprenticeship or training opportunity for young people and to position the region as leaders of the Green Industrial Revolution.

Community Wealth Building – including proposals for a Community Bank - are at the centre of plans to build a different economy that he says will benefit and strengthen local communities while creating quality jobs.

There are nine local authority areas in England where less than half of 18 to 24-year-olds are estimated to have received a first dose of vaccine, this includes Liverpool.

Students at Liverpool John Moores University have been left devastated after being told their graduation been cancelled on the same day coronavirus restrictions were lifted.

Emails sent to students from the university confirmed that previously planned ceremonies would not take place this year and would be moved back to 2022.

In a statement posted on its website, LJMU said "the ongoing impact of Covid-19 in the Liverpool City Region" meant it was not possible for them to hold the ceremonies in 2021.

 


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