For the first time, cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the Liverpool City Area (LCR) surpassed 800 – the previous record was on October 9, 2020, when it was 500.25.
The latest figures from Public Health England show that the cases reported in the CRL are 817.62 cases per 100,000 population for the week ending January 4.
Halton’s and Knowsley’s rates have now passed the 1,000 figure, which are new records for both boroughs.
And those numbers for Halton and Knowsley also mean the two regions have higher infection rates than London, where the Mayor of London today declared a Covid-19 emergency because the situation gets out of hand as hospitals in the capital are struggling with the number of patients.
In London, the infection rate is 1,100 – Knowsley recorded 1,118.9 new cases for the week ending January 4, while Halton recorded 1,172.3 new cases for the week ending January 4.
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Researchers at Imperial College predicted that Halton, Knowsley and Liverpool would become the UK’s worst coronavirus hotspots based on modeling case data.
Eileen O’Meara, director of public health for Halton, told the BBC she was “very concerned” about the increase in cases in the region.
“We are now seeing the impact of the new variant in the northwest. We know it spreads up to 70% faster than the previous variant, ”she said.
“I think there were more social gatherings at Christmas. I think a lot of people made their Christmas plans [before any changes] and there was maybe more social gathering than we wanted. ”
Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City region, told the Mirror: “As in many parts of the country, we are seeing an exponential increase in Covid rates in the Liverpool City region and this concerns us all.
“In the next few days, we’ll start to see the full impact of the Christmas relaxations on our Covid tariffs and we know that when the rates rise, hospitalizations and, sadly, deaths will follow.”
Each borough in the Liverpool City region now has an above average rate for all of England of 671.86 cases per 100,000 population.
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– Halton is 1172.3, an increase week by week of 319.1%
– Knowsley is 1118.9, a week-to-week increase of 339.6%
– Sefton is 867.6, which is a 244.5% week-over-week increase.
– Wirral is 866.0, an increase week by week of 184.0%.
– Liverpool is 859.0, which is a weekly increase of 255.6%.
– St. Helens is 683.9, which is a week-over-week increase of 221.6%.
– England is 671.86, a week-over-week increase of 58.3%.
– The Liverpool city area is 817.62, a week-over-week increase of 246.6%.