Another part of Merseyside sees rise in coronavirus cases

Part of Southport has seen a spike in positive coronavirus cases, according to the most recent figures.

Four people living in Kew tested positive for Covid-19 in the week ending July 26.

An interactive map of Government data shows 'neighbourhoods' which have three or more positive cases.

Kew is the only part of Sefton to feature on the map, while the only other Merseyside neighbourhoods are Allerton, Princes Park and Toxteth Park (with four, six and nine positive cases respectively).

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Despite these increases, these areas have a much lower level of infection than places such as Shearbridge & University (Bradford) which has seen 32 new cases, and Alexandra Park (Oldham) with 22 new cases.

The worst-hit area for coronavirus deaths in Sefton has been Birkdale in Southport.

According to ONS data there were 20 deaths in the area between March and June.

This was the highest total for any part of Sefton during this period, which covers the deaths involving Covid-19 from March 1 to June.

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However, Netherton North has had a higher death rate per capita. Its death rate has so far been 251 for every 100,000 people, while Birkdale's rate has been 207.

A new Covid-19 testing centre will open in Southport on Wednesday (August 5).

Sefton Council's one-stop shop in Cambridge Arcade will operate as a walk-through test centre from this week after the council said it was chosen by the government as a site.

Attendance to the site will be by appointment only, and tests can be booked at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119

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