According to the latest data from the past seven days to September 24, Liverpool’s current infection rate is around 252 cases per 100,000.
The positivity rate in the city now stands at 12.8%, with the virus rate doubling every 8 to 9 days.
Mr Ashton tweeted: “We are now in a very difficult position. Our current level of risk is high. The last seven day rate through September 24 is approximately 252 / 100,000 and the positivity rate is 12.8%. The doubling rate is 8-9 days. ”
Mr Ashton said “an increase in deaths will likely follow”, reminding people that we must all play a role in protecting individuals and communities.
In an urgent message shared on Twitter tonight, Matt Ashton said the city was now in a “critical position” in its fight against the virus.
He said, “We are seeing more cases in all age groups with increases now in the 65 and over age groups, and sharp increases in # covid19 hospital admissions locally.
“An increase in the number of deaths will likely follow. We must all play our part in protecting individuals and our communities,
“Liverpool are in a critical position now in relation to # covid19 I know this is going to be difficult for a lot of people, but we all need to play our part to protect individuals, communities, the city and the economy. ”
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People are urged to follow the latest restrictions that came into effect Tuesday in Liverpool, including bans on mixing households in homes and gardens.
Mr Ashton said people should also minimize their social contact with other people outside their homes or social bubble, in any public place, including pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, centers communities, entertainment venues, tourist attractions and parks.
Anyone showing symptoms of the virus is reminded to self-isolate and to continue to do so after they have tested positive, ten days after symptoms start or ten days after testing.
Those who have not yet downloaded the NHS Covid-19 app are encouraged to do so.