Merseyside has been hit really hard by coronavirus – but there is hope that the region may have moved through the worst of the epidemic in our part of the country.
New graphs and data, provided exclusively to the Liverpool ECHO by the Liverpool Council, indicate that the peak of infections and deaths may have passed for in our part of the country.
With more than 700 people dead across the region, this has been a deeply troubling time – and while there may be signs of progress, the message is clear – a second wave on infections could be just around the corner if people do not adhere to social distancing rules in the region.
Analysing the data, it looks like the peak of the epidemic in our region may have occurred somewhere around April 7-10.
During that period, Liverpool saw a severe spike in infection rates, with the city's main hospital trust recording consistently high deaths at the same time.
Other boroughs saw spikes in cases and deaths around the same time.
And while there have been other brief spikes, we are certainly experiencing consistently lower numbers when it comes to the additional death updates reported from our trusts by the NHS.
In the period between April 7 and April 10, the main Liverpool University Teaching Hospitals Trust recorded 61 Covid-19 deaths across its different sites.
Between April 20 and 24, it recorded 23 – with just one new death reported in Friday's latest update.
The figures all point to a more positive situation in terms of the disease's continuing impact on our city region – but health bosses are very keen to point out that this better looking picture has happened because of the strict social distancing measures that have been in place.
The NHS hospitals and partner agencies have also put a huge amount of effort into freeing up space and resources to ensure that at no point the region's critical care units have become overwhelmed.
There are still major fears that if people were to start flouting those measures, then a second wave of infections could be just around the corner.