Enormous increase of coronavirus cases in the neighbourhood of Wirral.


Bidston and St. James reported 104 infections in the seven days to October 23, although only 43 were recorded in the previous week’s figures.

The number of Covid 19 cases more than doubled in a single week in one part of Wirral.

In one ward, more than 100 cases were registered in a seven-day period.

Last week, infection rates decreased in all but four of Wirral’s 22 district wards. This week, only seven wards saw a decrease in cases, with infections increasing in 13 wards and no change in two wards.

Like the increases in Bidston and St. James, this week’s figures show an increase in coronavirus cases throughout the district.

This makes the area currently the most affected ward in the district, with 64 cases reported at Upton and 58 cases at Birkenhead and Tranmere.

The district’s rising case numbers in the week to October 23 contrasted with falling infection rates in Liverpool and Knowsley, the two largest hotspots in the region.

Wirral’s infection rate for the same seven-day period was 303 per 100,000, with 983 cases recorded, above the rate of 269 per 100,000 recorded seven days earlier.

The rate of positive tests in Wirral also increased, from 9.4% to 10.7%.

Figures over the last few days show this pattern continuing in Liverpool and Knowsley, with a slight decline in Wirral to 290 per 100,000 cases recorded.

The infection rate in Liverpool fell from 606 to 512, while Knowsley’s fell from 668 to 591.

Since October 14, level 3 rules have been in force throughout the Liverpool City Region and residents are warned that the upcoming Halloween and bonfire night celebrations are no excuse for breaking the rules.

he said: “We are committed to finding the right balance between protecting people from the spread of the coronavirus and ensuring that they can still enjoy this time.

Chief Inspector Peter Clark, who runs the Halloween operation for Merseyside Police, said people will be taken to court for breaking the restrictions during the celebrations.

“However, where people are in breach of the restrictions we will take action.

“No one should have to suffer from being the victim of anti-social behaviour and I want to assure everyone that there will be additional patrols with high visibility during this time.

“Our message regarding antisocial behavior during this period remains simple – it will not be tolerated, and anyone caught committing this type of crime will be treated with determination and robustness.


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