Crowds head for coronavirus tests during Princes Park lockdown

Crowds of people from the Princes Park area turned out at the new coronavirus test centre amid the local lockdown.

New restrictions were imposed on the area last week after a spike in COVID-19 cases among the communities there.

A pop up test centre was also opened this week in the hopes of curbing the spread of the virus around the city.

Located at Princes Park Health Centre, on Bentley Road, the centre was opened for anyone with symptoms to get tested.

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On Thursday, dozens of people queued on the street to be tested as cases in the city continued to rise.

Despite the testing centre and new measures being put in place, Liverpool's director of Public Health, Matt Ashton, has warned that the worrying rise in coronavirus infections are likely to get worse before they get better.

Covid-19 Test Centre at Princes Park Health Centre, Toxteth. Photo by Colin Lane

He is heading up action to try and stem the flow of the virus in the city, which is currently mainly localised to the Princes Park ward and some neighbouring areas.

Liverpool's hyper-local action plan has been praised in various quarters and it has been revealed that the city is now employing its own track and trace methods to run alongside the government's national scheme.

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This involves council staff working with community and faith leaders and volunteers to move around the affected communities and try and track down all of those who may have been in contact with infected residents.

The local authority has also set up an emergency hotline and support programme for those being forced to self-isolate and is urging taxi drivers to get immediate tests.

This is all being done with the aim of protecting people and avoiding a widespread city lockdown like we have seen in many other northern areas.

Mr Ashton said: "We are doing more testing and yes we are seeing more cases, I think it's going to get worse before it gets better.

"We are doing everything we can to try and push the numbers down and we don't yet know the impacts our measures and controls will have.

"We don't want to wait and be put into lockdown like we have seen in other areas, we want to take action now to try and avoid that."

Covid-19 Test Centre at Princes Park Health Centre, Toxteth. Photo by Colin Lane

On Monday the data showed there were 68 confirmed cases in Liverpool – with 18 of these located in Princes Park.

Both of these numbers have decreased slightly in the latest numbers.

Published last night, the latest figures show that there are 59 confirmed cases in Liverpool – with 16 of these located in Princes Park.

However, this is no reason to be complacent – because the overall figure is still up from 14 on the previous week.

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The Picton ward – which has some lesser restrictions in place – remains on nine current cases while Greenbank has dropped below five.

All the other wards in the city are also on less than five confirmed cases, but a large number of them have seen a rise of some form since the last data was released.

Anfield, Central, Childwall, Church, Croxteth, Everton, Kensington and Fairfield, Knotty Ash, Riverside and West Derby are all shown to have had an increase in cases – but still below five confirmed cases.

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