COVID-19: Infection at lowest rate in months

Latest figures show that Wirral’s COVID-19 infection rate has dropped to 47.8 per 100,000 from 88.6 per 100,000 during the previous week.

This shows a considerable fall from the peak infection rate in the borough of 968.8 per 100,000.

Current figures, for the week ending 5 March 2021, show a drop in 17 of 22 Wirral wards, with Prenton, Pensby & Thingwall and Wallasey seeing the infection rate rise, whilst it remains the same in two wards; Heswall and Bromborough.

There were 155 new cases of COVID-19 (Pillar 1 & 2), down from 287 new cases during the previous week.

Infection rate by ward for week ending 5 March 2021
Leasowe & Moreon East 107.0 per 100,000
Blrkenhead & Tranmere 77.8 per 100,000
Seacombe 64.7 per 100,000
Rock Ferry 68.2 per 100,000
Upton 55.8 per 100,000
Oxton 64.7 per 100,000
Llscard 53.4 per 100,000
Claughton 49.5 per 100,000
Bidston & St. James 55.4 per 100,000
Prenton 49.S per 100,000
Pensby & Thingwall 46.3 per 100,000
New Brighton 53.5 per 100,000
Eastham 47.4 per 100,000
West Kirby & Thurstaston 38.2 per 100,000
Bebington 47.5 per 100,000
Moreton West & Saughall Massie 30.8 per 100,000
Heswall 35.3 per 100,000
Clatterbridge 36.5 per 100,000
Bromborough 38.2 per 100,000
Wallasey 37.S per 100,000
Greasbv, Frankby & Irby 35.5 per 100,000
Hovlake & Meols 34.0 per 100,000

Here are the five simple things you must do to help stop the spread:

  • Stay home
  • Increase your handwashing
  • Wear a face covering if you do leave the house
  • Keep your distance from others
  • Got 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 6:15pm
  • 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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