COVID-19: Infection rate drops again in Wirral but climbs in two areas

Latest figures show that Wirral’s COVID-19 infection rate has dropped to 135.8 per 100,000 from 210.8 per 100,000 during the previous week.

This shows a considerable fall from the peak 968.8 per 100,000, but still two times higher than two months ago, when the figure was 67.3 per 100,000 (week ending 11 December 2020.)

Current figures, for the week ending 12 February 2021, show a drop in 19 of 22 Wirral wards, with Rock Ferry and Pensby & Thingwall seeing the infection rate raise, whilst it remains the same in Prenton.

There were 440 new cases of COVID-19 (Pillar 1 & 2) reported in the figures for the week ending 12 February, down from 683 during the previous week.

Infection rate by ward for week ending 12 February 2021
New Brighton 251.1/100,000
Seacombe 220.1/100,000
Liscard 179.9/100,000
Rock Ferry 191.0/100,000
Bidston & St James 173.2/100,000
Wallasey 163.4/100,000
Clatterbridge 162.2/100,000
Upton 130.4/100,000
Prenton 128.6/100,000
Pensby & Thingwall 145.3/100,000
Bromborough 117.2/100,000
Bebington 121.0/100,000
Leasowe & Moreton East 120.4/100,000
Greasby, Frankby & Irby 131.4/100,000
Claughton 117.7/100,000
Birkenhead & Tranmere
Oxton 107.9/100,000
Moreton West & Saughall Massie 106.5/100,000
Eastham 99.0/100,000
Heswall 76.4/100,000
West Kirby & Thurstaston 47.5/100,000
Hoylake & Meols 37.5/100,000

Wirral’s Director of Public Health, Julie Webster, urged caution in a recent statement, “I think it’s important for us all to take some comfort in the thought that the lockdown measures may be having an effect on the spread of the virus, but we must remember: this is a critical time for our borough and it’s vital that we all double down in our efforts to control the spread.

“Our health services and the fantastic essential workers that keep this borough moving are giving us their all, we should be doing the same for them in return.

“Every little bit counts and your support now is more vital than ever, we have to get this virus under control.”

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
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