Latest figures show that Wirral’s COVID-19 infection rate has dropped to 42.6 per 100,000 from 47.8 per 100,000 during the previous week, but with increases in seven of Wirral's 22 wards. Current figures, for the week ending 12 March 2021, show a drop in 13 of 22 Wirral wards, with New Brighton and Wallasey seeing the infection rate stay the same, whilst it increased in seven wards; Bebington, Bromborough, Bidston & St. James, Pensby & Thingwall, Liscard, Claughton, and Clatterbridge. There were 138 new cases of COVID-19 (Pillar 1 & 2), down from 155 new cases during the previous week, bringing the total number of cases in Wirral to 24,005 since the pandemic began. This represents nearly 7.5% of all residents of the Borough of Wirral. Increase/decrease in Infection rate by ward for week ending 12 March 2021Bebington Increase Bromborough Increase Bidston & St. James Increase Pensby & Thingwall Increase Liscard Increase Claughton Increase Birkenhead & Tranmere Decrease Clatterbridge Increase Upton Decrease Seacombe Decrease New Brighton No ChangeLeasowe & Moreton East DecreaseRock Ferry DecreasePrenton DecreaseOxton Decrease Eastham Decrease Wallasey No Change Moreton West & Saughall Massie Decrease Heswall Decrease West Ki Kirby & Thurstaston Decrease Greasby, Frankby & Irby Decrease Hoylake & Meols Decrease https://twitter.com/PHE_NorthWest/status/1355529970056048647 Here are the five simple things you must do to help stop the spread: Stay homeIncrease your handwashingWear a face covering if you do leave the houseKeep your distance from othersGot symptoms? Self-isolate and get a test via www.wirral.gov.uk/test Symptom-free COVID-19 testing in Wirral is now strictly by appointment only. This is so demand can be managed, ensuring that essential workers can get tested. Wirral residents can book a test here. Testing is available at four testing centres across the Borough and will enable thousands of residents without symptoms to get tested so that we can support them to isolate before they develop symptoms and reduce the spread of the virus. The following test centres are open for people who are asymptomatic and is strictly by appointment only. The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton open 7 days a week 10.30am to 6:15pmGreasby Library open 7 days a week 10.30am to 6:15pmEastham Library open 7 days a week 10.30am to 6:15pm Former House of Fraser Building open Monday to Saturday 9am to 4:15pm For people who suspect they have symptoms, the following test centres are available - booking is advisable, but not essential - all are open 7 days a week, 8am-8pm: Hamilton Building car park, Conway Street Car park off Civic Way near Civic Centre and Police Station, BebingtonCar park off Seaview Road, near Liscard Community Facility ComplexHeswall Library The following symptomatic test centres are booking only: Europa Leisure Centre, BirkenheadCar park at West Kirby ConcourseLiverpool Airport, Manchester Airport or Haydock Wirral Inteligence Service The following information has been issued by the NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning group regarding vaccinations: The NHS is currently delivering the vaccine in three main ways: Local vaccination centres – GP practices in Wirral are working together, contacting eligible patients and inviting them for appointments at local vaccination centres when it is their turn to receive the vaccine. GP-led vaccination centres in Wirral are up and running at the locations below – you’ll be invited to the one your GP practice is linked to. Victoria Central Hospital, WallaseySt Catherine’s Health Centre, TranmereBirkenhead Medical BuildingWoodchurch Leisure CentreThe Oval Leisure Centre, BebingtonMoreton Cross Group Practice Regional vaccination centres – People who are eligible and who haven’t already been vaccinated by their local GP led vaccination services might also receive a letter from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, giving them the option of booking an appointment at a different site. Mass vaccination centres for Cheshire and Merseyside are located at Chester Racecourse and St Helens. You do not have to take up this offer if you don’t want to – your local GP-led service will be in touch to invite you to a local vaccination centre if you don’t respond. Hospital vaccinations – A hospital vaccination hub is also in place at Clatterbridge Hospital. The hospital site is predominantly aimed at vaccinating frontline staff and staff in patient-facing roles across the wider health and social care workforce. Like the birkenhead.news Facebook page and follow @BirkenheadNews on Twitter Read more birkenhead.news articles.