A week after our second national lockdown was lifted, neighbourhoods in the Liverpool City Region are faring differently against coronavirus.
All councils confirmed this week that mass testing for people without Covid-19 symptoms would be rolled out in the coming days.
Since early November, the city of Liverpool has been carrying out regular community-wide testing as part of a national pilot.
The pilot has been using Lateral Flow tests that can provide results within an hour.
A month ago, the city region’s coronavirus rate stood at a shocking 293 cases per 100,000.
According to the most recent figures, it has now dipped to 86 – less than a third as many confirmed infections.
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Cases are, however, considerably lower in some neighbourhoods, than others.
And some, sadly, saw their number of cases rise in the week up to December 3.
Currently, Town Centre West (in St Helens) is the city region’s worst impacted neighbourhood.
Its infection rate is currently 271 per 100,000 – up from 190 in the previous week.
The area which saw the biggest increase is Neston and Parkgate (Wirral), where confirmed case numbers rose from two to ten in a week – a 500% rise, albeit from a low base.
Thirty-six of the region’s neighbourhoods are noted as currently having “suppressed” the virus – this means there were just two or fewer confirmed cases.
This is up from thirteen neighbourhoods last week.
Government data is not broken down for these, to protect individuals’ identities.
Neighbourhoods currently noted as suppressed are: Marshside, Ainsdale West, Formby Central and Freshfield South, Hightown and Thornton, Waterloo, Seaforth South, Netherton South, and Bootle East in Sefton; Belle Vale, Muirhead Avenue, Dovecot, Stoneycroft, Garston, Hunts Cross, Dingle, and the Pier Head area in Liverpool; Leasowe, Leasowe South and Moreton East, Wallasey Central, Wallasey Village, Moreton West, Great Meols, Thursaston and Irby, Pensby and Thingwall, Heswall, Gayton and Lower Heswall, Egerton Park, Bebington New Ferry, Lower Bebington and Bromborough Pool, Bromborough North, Noctorum North and Upton East, and Saughall Massie in Wirral; Page Moss and Fincham, and Halewood North in Knowsley; Eccleston Park in St Helens; and Widnes Riverside in Halton.
The areas which currently have the region’s highest infection rates are:
- Town Centre West – 271 per 100,000
- Garswood – 270 per 100,000
- Huyton West and Roby – 260 per 100,000
- West Park – 247 per 100,000
- Woodchurch – 233 per 100,000