Liverpool’s coronavirus infection rate has dropped to the lowest it has been in two months.
The infection rate per 100,000 of the population is at 235 which is the lowest it has been since September 21 when numbers were spiking and eventually reached just below 700..
It is now also lower than the current UK average which has now crept up to 244.
The figures mean Liverpool is now closer to the lowest coronavirus infection rate region of Cornwall with 84, than Hull which is currently the highest with 702.
It also backs up the key message from medics that people need to continue being safe and following the guidelines to prevent a rise in the future.
Liverpool is currently taking part in the mass testing programme which the council have said they plan to extend once the army leave.
We were the first city to go into Tier 3 restrictions, followed by a second national lockdown will have contributed to the dramatic reduction of the infection rate which once stood at 700 cases in mid October.
The picture above shows the effect on the infection rate of going into Tier 3 at the peak of the graph. The start of mass testing saw it rise slightly again as more cases were found – many of them asymptomatic – before falling again.
The UK rate, while starting to level off, has crept over Liverpool's in the latest figures,. which are for the week ending November 16.
You can see the full graph – which has the infection rate for every Merseyside area since September 1 – by clicking here.
If the rates continue to drop, Liverpool leaders will be in a good position to argue for a lower Tier restrictions once the lockdown lifts on December 2.
Joe Anderson told the ECHO the next two weeks will be crucial and u rged everyone to continue following the rules and for as many people to come forward for a test in the next two weeks.
He said: "What we have achieved in just a few weeks is really positive when you look at how far that infection rate has fallen and how many people we have tested.
"We need as many people to come forward and take part in this to give us the best chance of getting out of Tier 3 when the decisions are made in December.
"If we can bring the rate down to around 150 or somewhere around that and show how we've engaged with the mass testing pilot then we can make a convincing case to the government about being moved into Tier 2."
The figures showing the continued fall in infection rate come after yesterday's protest against lockdown measures in Liverpool city centre.
More than a dozen people were arrested. Four were arrested on suspicion of encouraging or assisting the commission of Covid offences, five people on suspicion of breaching Covid legislation, one was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence, and two were arrested for failing to provide their name and address after breaching Covid legislation.
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Officers also issued 25 fixed penalty notices for breach of Covid legislation and 10 dispersal notices.
Chief Superintendent Ngaire Waine said: “We all want to get back to normality as soon as possible, but the actions of those people who gathered in Liverpool today risk delaying that return and prolonging the suffering of so many.”
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