Covid-hit Merseyside economy ‘could collapse without funding’ | Coronavirus epidemic

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Merseyside’s economy could collapse and leave a legacy of poverty “for generations to come” without urgent financial support linked to new coronavirus restrictions, according to political leaders in the region.

Steve Rotheram, the mayor of the Liverpool City Area Underground, and six civic leaders, said Merseyside’s public finances were “at the breaking point” and needed a “full package of financial support” from the Treasury share when new foreclosure measures are imposed.

Further restrictions are expected to be announced for Merseyside in the next 24 hours after Liverpool and Knowsley recorded England’s highest infection rates. Cases are on average over 200 per 100,000 inhabitants in Merseyside, four times the UK average.

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