COVID-19: As lockdown eases, Wirral infection rate edges lower

Latest figures show that Wirral’s COVID-19 infection rate has dropped to 24.1 per 100,000 from 29.3 per 100,000 during the previous week, but with increases in nine of Wirral’s 22 wards. The local infection rate is well below the national average of 53.8 per 100,000.

Current figures, for the week ending 26 March 2021, show a drop in 10 of 22 Wirral wards, with three wards seeing the infection rate stay the same, whilst it increased in nine wards. However, with the numbers now being so low, even slight variations can mean that figures will show a marked increase or decrease in the infection rate.

There were 78 new cases of COVID-19 (Pillar 1 & 2), down from 95 new cases during the previous week, bringing the total number of cases in Wirral to 24,201 since the pandemic began.

Increase/decrease in Infection rate by ward for week ending 26 March 2021
Hoylake & Meols Increase
Eastham Increase
Claughton Increase
Birkenhead & Tranmere Decrease
Upton No Change
Rock Ferry Decrease
Bromborough Increase
Bidston & St. James Decrease
Bebington No Change
Wallasey Increase
Seacombe Decrease
Prenton No Change
Oxton Increase
New Brighton Decrease
Leasowe & Moreton East Decrease
Heswall Increase
Greasby, Frankby & lrby Increase
Pensby & Thingwall Increase
Moreton West & Saughall Massie Decrease
Liscard Decrease
Clatterbridge Decrease
West Kirby & Thurstaston Decrease

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 6:15pm
  • Greasby Library open 7 days a week 10.30am to 6:15pm
  • Eastham 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, Bebington
  • Car park off Seaview Road, near Liscard Community Facility Complex
  • Heswall Library

The following symptomatic test centres are booking only:

  • Europa Leisure Centre, Birkenhead
  • Car park at West Kirby Concourse
  • Liverpool 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, Wallasey
  • St Catherine’s Health Centre, Tranmere
  • Birkenhead Medical Building
  • Woodchurch Leisure Centre
  • The Oval Leisure Centre, Bebington
  • Moreton 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. 

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