Liverpool ‘could face lockdown’ after 100 more cases in 24 hours

Liverpool's coronavirus cases are continuing to increase and the city could face lockdown, according to Mayor Joe Anderson.

The Mayor issued a stark update on Sunday, revealing the city had recorded 100 more positive cases in the last 24 hours.

The city, the Mayor said, now has 80 positive tests per 100,000 people, higher than some areas such as Caerphilly where extra measures are now in place.

Last week the city, along with the rest of Merseyside, was added as an "area of concern" to the government's watch list, but it appears the situation is worsening.

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The Mayor tweeted today: "Liverpool has now reached the level of 80 per 100,000 people testing positive for Covid-19. With the R rate nearing 1.3%.

"An increase of 100 people in last 24 hrs total now at 410. A real worry and concern that unless we all take this seriously we could face a City Lockdown."

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Being on the 'watch list' means that the government is now closely monitoring the situation on the ground in Merseyside regarding infection rates and could soon impose new restrictions on the region if cases continue to rise.

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Last week the city was standing on 60 positive tests per 100,000 people – so today's number from the Mayor represents another worrying jump.

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