Coronavirus tracker shows how cases have increased across Merseyside

Coronavirus cases in Liverpool have leapt by more than 500 since the start of April.

The rise is shown in this graph which breaks down the numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases on Merseyside.

Many of us have become used to examining similar tables showing the impact of the disease on an international level.

But now the ECHO has refined a similar feature that highlights the pattern of infections across our region.

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Daily data supplied by Public Health England is broken down by local authority boundaries.

You can click here to explore the interactive coronavirus graph and see how many cases have been confirmed near you.

There have been more than 500 new cases confirmed in Liverpool alone this month, with the city seeing two of its sharpest increases in the past 48 hours.

As of 9am on Saturday, April 11 – the last figures available at the time of publication – there were 765 people who had tested positive for Covid 19 in Liverpool. That's up from 604 on April 9 to 702 on April 10.

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On Wirral, there were 437. In fact while confirmed cases in Wirral were lower than Sefton and St Helens earlier in April, it is now higher than both of them.

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There are 404 confirmed cases in Sefton, 330 in St Helens and 248 in Knowsley.

In Halton, there were 164.

So far 305 people from who tested positive and were being treated at Merseyside-based NHS trusts have died.

A further 31 deaths have been attributed to the Warrington and Halton NHS Trust.

The confirmed case numbers come with a significant caveat – with testing largely limited to hospitals, the true number of infections across the region will be far higher.

The numbers do not all refer to severe cases either.

The case of Sir Kenny Dalglish shows that some patients in hospital for other matters are also being tested as a precaution.

The Reds legend was tested while he was in hospital for an infection that required treatment this week.

He had not shown symptoms of coronavirus but was found to have it. He has since been released from hospital and praised the NHS staff who cared for him.

For the latest updates on coronavirus and its impact on Merseyside, you can follow the ECHO's live blog, here.

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