Infections down in region but two areas in top 10 hotspots

Covid-19 infection rates have dropped in every part of the Liverpool City Region but two areas are still among the highest in the country.

St Helens has the fifth highest rate in England while Knowsley is in eighth place out of the 315 local authority areas.

Both areas still have high rates despite falling by a quarter in the last week.

In Wirral and Halton the rates have dropped by more than a third, and by more than two fifths in Sefton.

Rates have now fallen for 32 days in a row in all six local authority areas of the city region.

According to the latest data from Public Health England , the LCR individual area rates are falling fastest in Sefton.

The infection rate per 100,000 people for Sefton has now fallen to 166.4% for the week ending February 14. There were 460 cases in the last week, which is 319 fewer cases than in the previous week.

This means that Sefton’s latest figures show cases are down 40.9 per cent week on week.

In Halton , there is an infection rate of 177 for the week ending February 14. There were 229 cases in Halton in the last week, which is 136 fewer cases than the previous week. This means the week on week change dropped by 37.3%.

In Wirral, there is an infection rate of 125.6 for the week ending February 14 – and Wirral’s rate is lower than the national average which in England is 133.18. There were 407 cases in Wirral in the last week, which is 230 fewer cases than the previous week. This means the week on week change dropped by 36.1%.

In Liverpool, there is an infection rate of 187.3 for the week ending February 14. There were 933 cases in Liverpool in the last week, which is 408 fewer cases than the previous week. This means the week on week change dropped by 30.4%.

In Knowsley , there is an infection rate of 249.9 for the week ending February 14. There were 377 cases in Knowsley in the last week, which is 149 fewer cases than the previous week. This means the week on week change dropped by 28.3%.

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And in St Helens, there is an infection rate of 263.0 for the week ending February 14. There were 475 cases in St Helens in the last week, which is 157 fewer cases than the previous week. This means the week on week change dropped by 25%.

But despite the positive news that the rates have dropped in Knowsley and St Helens, both areas are in England’s top ten hotspots for having the worst Covid-19 rate. The latest list – showing Local authority, Infection rate per 100,000 in seven days ending February 9, the 7-day total cases (change on previous week), percentage change – is:

1. Corby: 317.1, 229 (-81), -26%

2. Middlesbrough: 289.4, 408 (-131), -24%

3. Sandwell: 271.0, 890 (-369), -29%

4. Ashfield: 269.7, 345 (-50), -13%

5. St. Helens: 263.0, 475 (-157), -25%

6. Peterborough: 259.6, 525 (-83), -14%

7. Leicester: 252.1, 893 (-146), -14%

8. Knowsley: 249.9, 377 (-149), -28%

9. Mansfield: 244.3, 267 (-109), -29%

10. East Staffordshire: 243.8, 292 (-90), -24%

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The ECHO reported yesterday that one small corner of Kirkby in Knowsley had the second worst Covid infection neighbourhood area in the country – in Kirkby South East had a seven-day rolling infection rate of 801 for the week ending February 11.

The infection rate per 100,000 people for the overall LCR has fallen to 169.2% for the week ending February 14. There were 2,881 cases in the last week, which is 1,399 fewer cases than in the previous week. This means that LCR’s latest figures show cases are down 32.7 per cent week on week.

In England, for the week ending February 14 there is an infection rate of 133.18. There were 74,961 cases in Knowsley in the last week, which is 31,163 fewer cases than the previous week. This means the week on week change dropped by 29.4%.

Liverpool Echo – Liverpool News