COVID-19: Wirral infection rate at 1% of January figures

Latest figures show that Wirral’s COVID-19 infection rate has dropped to 9.0 per 100,000 from 19.4 per 100,000 during the previous week. Figures for the week ending 8 January 2021 showed an infection rate of 968.8 per 100,000. Therefore, Wirral’s current infection rate stands at just under 1% of the infection rate at the beginning of January this year.

The infection rate is now so low even slight variations can mean that figures will show a marked increase or decrease in the infection rate and are largely meaningless. Therefore, increases and decreases for individual wards have not been included in this report. The local infection rate is well below the national average of 26.9 per 100,000.

Current figures, for the week ending 9 April 2021, show the number of confirmed cases in 14 of Wirral’s 22 wards is low with a high number of confirmed cases in just one ward. The remaining seven wards have a medium number of confirmed cases. However, the high number of confirmed cases is just 4 and wards with the lowest number of confirmed cases all have zero.

There were 29 new cases of COVID-19 (Pillar 1 & 2), down from 63 new cases during the previous week, bringing the total number of cases in Wirral to 24,176 since the pandemic began. Starting on 8 April, confirmatory PCR tests which came back negative (following a positive LFT within 72 hours), are being removed from the data by PHE. Individuals with a positive LFT but not confirmatory PCR will still be counted to avoid under-reporting. This definition change has been applied to all cases as far back as 6 November 2020. This is causing fluctuations in case numbers. Currently, this definition change has resulted in a total reduction in cases for Wirral (as at 31 March 2021) but this is subject to change.

Low/High confirmed cases by ward for week ending 9 April 2021
Bebington Low
Bidston & St. James Low
Birkenhead & Tranmere Low-Medium
Bromborough Low
Clatterbridge Medium-High
Claughton Low
Eastham High
Greasby, Frankby & Irby Low
Heswall Low
Hoylake & Meols Low
Leasowe & Moreton East Low
Liscard Low
Moreton West & Saughall Massie Low
New Brighton Medium-High
Oxton Low
Pensby & Thingwall Low
Prenton Low-Medium
Rock Ferry Low-Medium
Seacombe Medium-High
Upton Medium-High
Wallasey Low
West Kirby & Thurstaston Low

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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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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