It was confirmed on Friday that Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley and St Helens have all been placed on the official watchlist following a spike in coronavirus cases.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson gave the grim news today as infection rates spiral across the city.
Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley and St Helens have been added to the government’s watchlist following a recent spike in cases, with more than 1.4 million people affected
Parts of Merseyside will now be classed as areas of concern, which could be escalated to areas of enhanced support, before facing full-on intervention and further lockdowns, as happened recently in Leicester and Bolton.
All of Merseyside has been added to the government’s coronavirus danger list as cases surge in the region, officials have announced.
This means the government is closely monitoring the situation across the region – home to more than 1.4 million people – and could soon impose fresh restrictions if cases continue to rise.
“We will not be taking very serious action against any businesses that are not complying with coronavirus safety measures as we do everything we can to avoid more restrictions.”
“This means we are being monitored and could be close to local lockdown measures.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Mayor Anderson said: “As expected we have had confirmation that the whole Merseyside region is now on the government’s coronavirus watch list.
Liverpool’s infection rate has shot up in recent days and currently stands at more than 60 cases per 100,000 following a 7-day period where more than 300 new infections were confirmed.
He said: “This is a very concerning situation for us, there has been a very rapid rise in infections.
Speaking at a city council cabinet meeting on Friday morning, Liverpool’s Public Health Director described the rise in cases as “very concerning”.
Other Merseyside boroughs have also seen a spike in cases, with St Helens Council on Friday confirming an infection rate of around 58 per 100,000.
“These cases are rising across the whole city, we are experiencing widespread community transmission of Covid-19.”
Officials have warned the town could also be heading for lockdown.