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MetiNews.Com - Liverpool is now awaiting inevitable lockdown measures as Covid-19 infection rate tips over threshold of 100 cases per 100,000
Breaking News ! We will be bringing you the latest coronavirus updates as Liverpool braces itself for being put into lockdown, possibly by the end of the week. Latest figures show that the rate per 100,000 is 106.4 - and in just one week (7-13 September) there were 530 positive cases. Boris Johnson has warned tough actions are required to stop a second surge of coronavirus. Mayor Joe Anderson said he now fully expects new lockdown restrictions to be imposed on the city later this week and said he would not be surprised if the government brought in measures for Liverpool, the whole of Merseyside and perhaps the entire North West region. An announcement is expected from the government on Friday. Merseyside was placed on a government watch list last Friday, but cases have continued to surge, especially in Liverpool, Knowsley, Wirral and St Helens. The spikes in infection rates came as Boris Johnson admitted there is not enough capacity in the system after demand "massively accelerated" in recent weeks.
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06:47Ben Turner-LEAppointments for A&EPatients requiring A&E will be urged to book an appointment first through NHS 111 as part of a shake-up of emergency services.If pilots are successful, the scheme could be rolled out to all NHS trusts in December, with patients told they should call ahead and book a space in the emergency department.The move is being made in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, with experts believing it makes sense to triage patients by phone or online rather than having people sitting around in waiting rooms.The Government also wants to reduce pressure on emergency departments as staff battle winter pressures, including from coronavirus and seasonal flu.A campaign called Help Us Help You will launch later in the year to urge people to use the new service.The Department of Health and Social Care said more NHS 111 call handlers are being brought in to take on the additional workload, alongside extra clinicians.
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