These are the most up-to-date covid-19 infection numbers for the Liverpool region, just one day before the government announces a review of the current tier system.
When the national blockade ended on December 2, the government placed all areas of England in one of the three new levels of restrictions.
The levels are tougher than those introduced for the first time in the fall, in order to reduce rates before things are relaxed for Christmas.
However, this has not worked in some areas, with the government confirming that London, most of Essex and parts of Hertfordshire will move to the top level by midnight tonight.
This is due to the spiral viral rate in these areas.
The Liverpool region will hope to avoid the same fate, after moving from level 3 to level 2 after the national blockade.
Matt Hancock will announce tomorrow what areas will be placed in what levels in Parliament – with any changes that will take effect on Saturday.
Local leaders are fairly confident that they will remain in the second tier of restrictions – allowing restaurants and pubs that serve food to remain open – as tariffs here have remained stable so far.
There have been some small increases in some neighborhoods after moving to level 2, but the numbers have not risen to a point where level 3 restrictions are likely to be imposed.
These are the latest infection rates for each region of the city for the week ending December 12.
Halton – 114.4 (148 cases)
Knowsley – 99.4 (150 cases)
Liverpool – 95.2 (474 cases)
St. Helena – 116.8 (211 cases)
Sefton – 67.7 (187 cases)
Wirral – 67.3 (218 cases)
The average rate in the Liverpool region for this period is 89.0 cases per 100,000.
When we look at the weekly changes to the infection rates in each neighborhood, it shows a pretty mixed picture.
In Liverpool there was a 6.8% increase in cases compared to the previous week, while Sefton recorded a decrease of 7.9%.
Knowsley recorded a 3.4% weekly increase in numbers, while Halton recorded a 9.2% decrease.
However, the big picture is that case rates do not change much, but rather pay without too much variation.
If you look at the average of the city region, there was only an increase of 0.4% compared to the previous week.
The only place to see a recent steady increase in numbers is Wirral, up 21.1% from the previous week.
But the peninsula had fallen by far the smallest number from anywhere in the crowd.
Another added complication is the launch of asymptomatic mass tests in all neighborhoods in the city region.
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Although this is not done on the scale of the Liverpool pilot test in November and has so far not found a large number of additional cases, there may still be enough localized infections to cause small increases in some neighborhoods.
It is also important to point out that it is probably too early for us to see the full impact of the relaxed Level 2 measures that came to our region earlier this month.
It usually takes about two weeks for people to start showing symptoms of an infection, so that we have a better idea of this impact when we receive the data for the beginning of this week.
So it is likely that the current numbers will be enough to maintain Level 2 status for the Liverpool area – but the strong message is that we are by no means out of the woods and things could quickly become problematic if people stop doing so. the right things to try and suppress the virus here.