People living and working in two areas of Liverpool have been told to get tested and be extra cautious after a rapid rise in Covid-19 infections.
Virus rates remain high across the city, but there has been a ‘sharp and worrying’ rise in two city wards in particular.
While Liverpool’s infection rate has risen to around 417 cases per 100,000 people – in the southern city areas of Childwall and Belle Vale, the rates are now over 600 cases per 100,000 people.
Health bosses say they are particularly concerned about rising rates in the vulnerable over 60s group.
Those living and working in Childwall and Belle Vale are being asked to be extra cautious and to take a Lateral Flow test as soon as possible.
If that test is positive then they should immediately book a PCR test to confirm if they have the virus and need to self isolate.
Anyone who is yet to get vaccinated against the virus is urged to do so as soon as possible.
Cllr Frazer Lake, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health said “Hospitalisations from Covid-19 remain high for unvaccinated people, so we all need to do what we can to reduce the pressure on the NHS.
“Rates in Liverpool are now as high as they were at the end of January, when we were in national lockdown – so my concern is that rapidly rising infections and overwhelmed hospitals could result in further restrictions being imposed.
“We can all help slow the spread by getting both doses of the vaccine and by getting tested regularly – something that takes less than five minutes.”
Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Liverpool said: “ The Liverpool 7-day rate has increased to around 417 per 100,000, but Childwall and Belle Vale wards have jumped to over 600 per 100,000. There is also a worrying rise in the number of over 60s contracting the virus too.
“Being double vaccinated remains the best way to prevent yourself from getting seriously ill or spreading it to others – whether or not you’ve had the Covid-19 infection before – so I also urge people to get vaccinated as soon as possible and to keep wearing a face covering in crowded areas or in places where they can’t easily socially distance.”
If you do test positive for covid, you can find out what support is available by visiting the Liverpool City Council website or by calling the freephone Covid Advice Support Line on 0800 169 3032 – lines are open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
For those experiencing financial problems due to a sudden drop in income as a result of self-isolating, advice on what financial support is available can also be found online.
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