COVID-19: Wirral infection rate rises but stays well below national average

Latest figures show that Wirral’s COVID-19 infection rate has risen slightly to 11.1 per 100,000 from 9.0 per 100,000 during the previous week.

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 23.8 per 100,000.

Current figures, for the week ending 16 April 2021, show the number of confirmed cases in 7 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 3 and wards with the lowest number of confirmed cases all have zero.

There were 36 new cases of COVID-19 (Pillar 1 & 2), up from 29 new cases during the previous week, bringing the total number of cases in Wirral to 24,216 since the pandemic began.

This week, Wirral Council announced that symptom free testing would be available around the borough, using rapid mobile testing vehicles.

Low/High confirmed cases by ward for week ending 16 April 2021
Bebington Medium
Bidston & St. James High
Birkenhead & Tranmere Medium
Bromborough Medium
Clatterbridge Medium
Claughton Low
Eastham Low
Greasby, Frankby & Irby Medium
Heswall Medium
Hoylake & Meols Medium
Leasowe & Moreton East Medium
Liscard Medium
Moreton West & Saughall Massie Low
New Brighton Medium
Oxton Low
Pensby & Thingwall High
Prenton Medium
Rock Ferry High
Seacombe Medium
Upton Low
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

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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