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

Latest figures show that Wirral’s COVID-19 infection rate has dropped to 210.8 per 100,000 from 293.2 per 100,000 during the previous week.

This shows a considerable fall from the peak 968.8 per 100,000, but still three 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 5 February 2021, show a drop in 17 of 22 Wirral wards, with Wallasey and Bronborough seeing the infection rate raise, whilst it remains the same in Oxton, Hoylake & Meols, and Pensby & Thingwall.

There were 683 new cases of COVID-19 (Pillar 1 & 2) reported in the figures for the week ending 5 February, down from 950 during the previous week.

Infection rate by ward for week ending 5 February 2021
Bidston & St. James 309.3/100,000
New Brighton 271.0/100,000
Liscard 248.2/100,000
Wallasey 265.5/100,000
Seacombe 252.4/100,000
Bromborough 234.4/100,000
Oxton 251.8/100,000
Clatterbridge 246.8/100,000
Claughton 235.3/100,000
Upton 195.6/100,000
Leasowe & Moreton East 220.7/100,000
Birkenhead & Tranmere 191.5/100,000
Moreton West & Saughall Massie 205.9/100,000
Eastham 205.1/100,000
Bebington 184.6/100,000
Rock Ferry 184.1/100,000
Heswal 175.8/100,000
Greasby, Frankby & Irby 167.9/100,000
Hoylake & Meols 157.6/100,000
Prenton 128.6/100,000
Pensby & Thingwall 137.7/100,000
West Kirby & Thurstaston 87.1/100,000

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 testing began in Wirral on Monday 7 December to help stop the spread of COVID-19 this winter.

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 test centre at Birkenhead Market has been closed down and replaced with a new testing centre at the former House of Fraser store on Grange Road, near Argyle Street.

  • 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

Nationally, more than 13 million people have had their first Covid vaccine – including 90% of over 70s

When asked about summer holidays and weddings, Prime minister Boris Johnson today said it is “too early” to say. He said that the government will set out more detail on lifting lockdown restrictions on 22 February

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