The pattern of covid-19 in Wirral has been less clear this week, but overall cases are still falling.
In the week up to March 22, there were 95 cases of the virus at a rate of 29 per 100,000.
Although cases actually went up in three of the last seven days, numbers were still down on last week when 105 cases at 32 per 100,000 were recorded.
In a finer breakdown of the figures, which covers the week up to March 19, all but one of Wirral’s wards had case numbers in single figures.
Just Bidston and St James (12 cases), recorded double figures, with the other 21 council wards recording nine cases or below.
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Compared to last week, the numbers show a clear fall. In the week up to March 12, seven Wirral wards had double-figure case numbers.
In a simple analysis of rises and falls, seven wards recorded more cases than last week, one ward saw no change, but cases fell in 14 wards.
Another important measure of the virus is the positivity rate, that is the percentage of tests which come back as positive.
In the weekly round-up, the rate stood at 1.0%. As well as being down on the 1.8% figure recorded last week, it is the lowest Wirral has registered since August 21 last year.
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In the very latest figures, which cover March 23, Wirral’s hospitals were treating five people for the virus.
That is down on 11 the week before and it is also the lowest number registered in the borough since August 31, 2020.
Across the rest of the Liverpool City Region, cases actually went up in Halton and Knowsley on the same week-by-week comparison used for Wirral.
In Halton, the infection rate increased from 60 per 100,000 to 65 per 100,000, while in Knowsley the rate is now 47, up from 43 a week ago.
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Liverpool’s rate fell from 53 to 38, with Sefton also recording a decline in the virus, from a rate of 51 last week to 47 this week.
St Helens registered the most noticeable decline, from 75 to 58 on the same week-by-week comparison.