COVID RISE IN REGION: Steady rise in cases
Public Health bosses are calling on people to their bit to stop the spread of Covid 19 as Liverpool's coronavirus case rate continues to rise.
The vaccine rollout in England is now open to those aged 30 and over and young people are being urged to get theirs when their turn comes.
Liverpool's coronavirus case rate is continuing a steady rise, with its case rate now standing at 22.7 cases per 100,000 people
The council's latest Covid update indicates that in the 7 days up to June 1 there were 113 Covid cases, an increase of 58 cases on the previous week.
It comes amid continued warnings for people to exercise caution about the so-called Indian variant, which is believed to be accounting for a large number of new cases across the UK.
While Liverpool is nowhere near as badly affected as other parts of the North West, such as Blackburne and Bolton, the city's infection rate has started to rise fairly sharply in recent days.
There are now nine wards in the city where the virus is not currently "suppressed", with Picton and West Derby currently worst hit.
However, health experts are continuing to advise people that the available data indicates that vaccines are working well against the Indian variant, with its spread far more limited in groups with high levels of vaccinations.
Anyone over the age of 30 can now get their first jab – and health officials are asking people to ensure that they make sure to get their second when asked.
Experts say data is showing the second dose to be crucial in providing protection from the Indian variant.
The city's public health chief, Matt Ashton, repeated that plea this week.
He said: "Vaccination is an essential part of our control measures.
"Please make sure you get your vaccine as soon as you are eligible, and encourage others to do the same! You need 2 doses to be immunised."
Coronavirus cases continue to rise across Merseyside as uncertaint remains over the UK's June 21 unlocking date.
Data from the NHS coronavirus dashboard indicates coronavirus cases have risen significantly in all five of the region's boroughs, with Wirral now having the highest infection rate of 29.6 cases per 100,000 people.
Knowsley is now the area with the lowest case rate.
However, its case numbers have risen in recent days in what is a signal of the continued threat of the virus.
Wirral's increase in cases has been by far the highest, with a 380% increase in cases in the week up to May 30.
The rise in cases in Merseyside mimicks many places across the country amid concern about the so-called Indian variant of the virus believed to be driving rises in many areas.
The rates for Merseyside boroughs are not among the highest in the country but public health experts are still urging people to be cautious after the latest easing of restrictions a few weeks ago.
The next planned easing, on June 21, is not confirmed, with the government closely watching case rates across the UK.
It's even been reported that the final stage of the Prime Minister'ss roadmap could be pushed back to 5 July.
Meanwhile, public health officials continue to urge people to get fully vaccinated, ensuring they receive two jabs.
Experts say data shows that groups that have high levels of vaccination are not showing significantly rising case rates, though they say data indicates that two doses are needed for strong protection against the Indian variant.
Anyone over 30 can now book a coronavirus vaccine through the NHS website, though in many cases there are a number of drop-in sessions where you can queue for a vaccine without an appointment.
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