Liverpool news Another Merseyside area brings in restrictions after virus surge MetiNews.Com
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Breaking News ! Another Merseyside area has brought in new restrictions after Covid-19 cases continue to surge across the region. St Helens has seen cases rise rapidly in recent weeks and now has the highest infection rate in Merseyside, with 111.6 people per 100,000 being diagnosed with the virus. The town's outbreak management board met yesterday and has agreed a number of new measures to try and stop the rate of community transmission that is currently causing the significant rise in infections. These are separate from the wider government restrictions that leaders across the region are expecting to be announced tomorrow. Read More Related Articles Sign up for the free Liverpool Echo newsletters Read More Related Articles The Liverpool Echo has a free app and here's how to download it The measures agreed by the outbreak management board, which is made up of councillors, senior officers and MPs, include: Parents should wear face coverings when they arrive at the school gates to pick up or drop off their children and not gather in groups of more than six at the school gates. Temporarily suspend care home visits. Reinforcing the need for staggered drop off/pick up times for schools. A halt to any temporary event licences being approved to reduce the possibility of groups of people gathering. Reviewing the council’s powers to be able to take action against non-compliance with the current legislation. The public are also urged to continue to keep following these four key preventative measures: Reduce your social contact with people from outside your household and reduce the number of groups you meet.
. It is understood that Whiston Hospital has already seen a slight rise in admissions over the past week. Ms Forster said: “Our infection rate has spiralled dramatically in a very short space of time and we need to start changing the way we all live. “We know it is very difficult to add further restrictions here in the borough that will have an impact on many people but we have to do something because our figures are continuing to climb at an alarming rate. “It is absolutely vital that everyone follows the rule of six and reduces meeting others socially as these are the most common ways that we are seeing people catching this virus. “If we do not cut off this spike we will start to see the impacts in the coming weeks in rising hospital admissions and we know other places like Bolton are now seeing their hospital coming under pressure from Covid-19 cases. Find local coronavirus numbers where you live
“No-one wants to see us back in the situation we were in earlier this year but if we don’t follow the key guidance we will see people, maybe someone close to you, very seriously ill.” Last Friday, Merseyside was placed on the national watch list after being identified as “an area of concern” by the Government. It is understood ministers are due to meet to discuss the growing problem in Merseyside and will consider what further measures could be put in place. Further lockdown measures could be announced by the Government for Merseyside, or possibly even across the North West given the high infection rates elsewhere in the region.
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