Timeline charts 100 days of coronavirus in Merseyside

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Saturday marks 100 days since the coronavirus pandemic first touched the lives of people in Merseyside, when six coaches arrived in Wirral carrying evacuees from China to Arrowe Park.

Since arriving in the country, probably via Spain or Italy, coronavirus itself has moved quickly through the nation and caused major disruption across all regions.

During these testing times, Merseyside has had its own journey from housing the evacuees to the cancellation of one of the world’s biggest horse racing events, and the possibility of bankruptcy looming over Liverpool.

While there will no doubt be more to come in Merseyside’s story, here we look back over 100 days at how the virus has uniquely impacted us.

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January 31 – Day 1

Merseyside has its first run-in with coronavirus as 83 Britons arrive at Arrowe Park hospital in Wirral from China, the epicentre of the initial outbreak, and begin a two-week quarantine.

The government says Arrowe Park was chosen out of all the other NHS facilities in the country because of its apartment block facilities, along with its close proximity to the specialist infectious diseases unit at the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

February 1 – Day 2

Quarantined coronavirus evacuees have been brought to Merseyside for isolation

A leaked email confirms Arrowe Park has been asked to house UK nationals who missed the first evacuation flight from China.

The email states the same procedures will be followed and reassures staff that none of the group were showing any symptoms for the respiratory disease, which has killed around 213 people in China.

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February 3 – Day 4

Staff at Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside

The second wave of evacuees arrives in Merseyside. 94 coronavirus evacuees are now at Arrowe Park Hospital quarantine zone after 11 more arrive.

February 13 – Day 14

Matt Raw, a British national who returned from the coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan in China, after being repatriated by UK Government, leaves Arrowe Park Hospital on Merseyside where he spent two weeks in quarantine. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 13, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Freedom at last! The first coronavirus evacuees leave Arrowe Park after completing two weeks in quarantine.

Final tests showed all 83 of those at the Wirral hospital left the facility virus-free.

February 15 – Day 16

Final evacuees leave Arrowe Park after getting the all-clear. A total of 2,992 people have been tested for coronavirus across the country , with all but nine coming back negative.

Coronavirus 'pods' are set up in Merseyside hospitals to contain the virus.

February 19 – Day 20

Passengers of an aircraft that repatriated British people to the UK from a cruise ship hit by the coronavirus in Yokohama, Japan, arrive by coach at Arrowe Park Hospital

The ECHO reports that a further 78 coronavirus evacuees are heading to Arrowe Park from a cruise ship.

The evacuees are among around 3,700 passengers on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which had been kept under quarantine off the docks in Yokohama, Japan.

Around 690 people on the ship had been infected with the virus.

February 20 – Day 21

People leave the cruise ship terminal where the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship is docked at the Daikoku Pier on February 20, 2020 in Yokohama, Japan

The quarantine Brits heading to Merseyside leave the cruise ship in Japan. It is reported that they will fly from Tokyo and land at Boscombe Down Ministry of Defence base, near Salisbury, Wiltshire.

February 22 – Day 23

The cruise ship evacuees arrive at Arrowe Park. Public Health England confirms all of the passengers travelling to Arrowe Park were assessed by medical staff and none are displaying any symptoms of the virus.

The flight carried 32 evacuees, 30 British citizens and two Irish citizens.

February 23 – Day 24

Coaches carrying passengers at Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral

Four of the cruise ship evacuees test positive for coronavirus at Arrowe Park.

It is believed that the four passengers who tested positive for the virus were not showing any symptoms.

March 3 – Day 33

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The first Merseyside resident tests positive.

Hilbre High school in West Kirby is closed after it is revealed that a child of the infected parent attended the school yesterday, before it was known they had contracted the virus.

March 4 – Day 34

The first Covid-19 case in Liverpool is confirmed. Mayor Joe Anderson tweets that a resident has contactred the virus after a recent trip to Italy.

The Mayor also holds an emergency summit to discuss coronavirus in the region.

March 5 – Day 35

Alder Hey Children's Hospital.(Pic Andrew Teebay).

A child at Alder Hey Children's Hospital is believed to have tested positive for coronavirus.

Two more coronavirus cases are also confirmed in Liverpool as the UK total rises to 115.

March 9 – Day 39

A staff member at Aintree Hospital is diagnosed with coronavirus.

The hospital staff member was diagnosed with the virus after returning from Italy, taking the number of confirmed cases in the city to five.

March 10 – Day 40

The Aintree hospital staff member who has the virus is a top surgeon.

Concerns are raised that the surgeon may have been operating on patients and mixing with staff for as long as a week while having the virus.

March 11 – Day 41

Atletico Madrid fans in Liverpool ahead of Champions League game with Liverpool

The Liverpool V Atletico Madrid match took place at Anfield despite local concern.

The game was one of just three in the last 16 not being played behind closed doors.

Around 3,000 Spanish fans travelled to the city for the game, spending most of the day in the city centre before marching to Anfield.

Major questions would go on to be asked about why the match went ahead.

March 13 – Day 43

The Premier League is suspended.

The decision is taken after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi both test positive, with Everton one of a number of clubs to self-isolate after a player shows symptoms.

March 14 – Day 44

Universities cancel all face to face lectures, starting with the University of Liverpool. Liverpool John Moores University quickly follow suit.

March 15 – Day 45

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Stockpiling continues to leave shelves empty in Liverpool supermarkets.

Some shoppers are panic buying the likes of toilet rolls, eggs and pasta although many other items are running low.

Stockpiling seemed to begin after Boris Johnson held a press conference and said that families would ‘lose loved ones before their time.’

Health secretary Matt Hancock also warns over 70s would be asked to ‘self isolate’ for extended periods ‘within weeks’.

UK shoppers have been stockpiling toilet roll and other household products as fears grow over coronavirus

Liverpool's St Patrick's Day Parade and a number of related event are also cancelled.

The parade was supposed to go ahead on March 17, with four marching bands joining the parade of around 500 people from the Irish centre on Mount Pleasant to O'Neill's bar on Hanover Street.

But organisers said they were cancelling the event but hoped to stage it "when the threat of the virus is not as high as it currently is" – possibly in summer.

March 16 – Day 46

Liverpool's Disney store is closed temporarily due to coronavirus outbreak

Boris Johnson advises against ‘non-essential’ travel and suggests people should avoid pubs, clubs and theatres.

He also urges the public to follow social distancing measures.

Several stores in Liverpool city centre also close for an unknown amount of time.

The Disney Store, Morphe, Urban Outfitters, Apple and Hollister Co. close first.

They are followed by other city centre shops in the following days.

March 17 – Day 47

The Grand National is cancelled.

An announcement was made following a press conference with the Prime Minister Boris Johnson where he says the government is no longer supporting mass gatherings.

March 18 – Day 48

Supermarkets introduce designated shopping hours for the elderly and start imposing restrictions

Shoppers are told they are only allowed to buy a maximum of three of any grocery product, and a maximum of two of the most popular products including toilet paper, soap and UHT milk.

The Pokemon Go Live event in Liverpool is also postponed.

Organisers say they have made the difficult decision to postpone the event at Sefton Park in April as well as two other events in St Louis and Philadelphia in the US.

March 20 – Day 50

Boris Johnson orders all pubs, cafes, restaurants, bars and gyms to close.

The massive step comes after reports that many people were ignoring the government's guidance on social distancing as a means of slowing down the spread of the virus.

Merseyside’s Chief Constable also tests positive for coronavirus.

March 21 – Day 51

Sefton coastline at Formby Beach in the morning light.

All National Trust parks and gardens are closed to the public ahead of Mother's Day.

The decision is made as the Trust believes it would have been difficult for people visiting the parks and gardens to practise social distancing in busy areas.

The Trust also urges the public not to visit coastal areas such as Formby and Crosby beach.

March 23 – Day 53

Safety measures remain in place at Tesco

The Prime Minister announces a nationwide lockdown. The unprecedented step is taken to limit the spread of coronavirus.

The lockdown measures mean that the public can only go outside for a small number of reasons. They include:

– Shopping for basic necessities

– One form of exercise a day – either alone or with members of your household

– Medical need or to provide care help vulnerable person

– Travel to work – but only if necessary and you cannot work from home

Many people criticise the Government for moving too late in announcing the lockdown.

Merseyside’s first coronavirus death is also confirmed as a Wirral patient.

That takes the total number of reported deaths in England to 303.

March 24 – Day 54

Liverpool records its first coronavirus death, as the number of deaths soars by 87 in just one day in England.

It is the biggest rise seen in a 24-hour period yet and takes the number of people who have died from the virus in the UK to 422.

It is thought that the one Liverpool University Hospital Trust death recorded refers to the singer Cy Tucker.

March 25 – Day 55

Police Officers patrolling Sefton Park

The Coronavirus Act 2020 is passed.

The Emergency Coronavirus Act grants police, immigration officers and public health officials new powers to detain “potentially infectious persons” and put them in isolation facilities.

The government also implements fines for those who are breaking the rules.

It will last for two years but the government agrees that Parliament should debate and vote on the act every six months.

March 26 – Day 56

The first clap for the NHS takes place at 8pm. It has grown in popularity since then as people take to their front steps to show their thanks.

Figures released by the Department of Health state that 578 people have now passed away from COVID-19 with thousands more testing positive.

March 27 – Day 57

Boris Johnson and the health minister test positive for coronavirus.

Mr Johnson tweets: "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.

"I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives"

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March 30 – Day 60

Merseyside cases continue to surge.

Merseyside's COVID-19 death toll now stands at six, with five in Wirral and one in Liverpool.

Coronavirus confirmed cases broken down by area are: 44 in Wirral, 26 in Knowsley, 45 in Sefton, 39 in St Helens and 16 in Halton.

March 31 – Day 61

Nursing staff stand in silence outside the Royal Liverpool Hospital.(Pic AndrewTeebay).

Six more patients in Wirral die with coronavirus and St Helens and Knowsley Trust record their first deaths.

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust – which covers Whiston Hospital and St Helens Hospital – recorded its three first coronavirus deaths as part of the new figures.

Patients at the Trust sadly passed away on March 22, 27 and 28.

In the daily press conference, Gove announces that of those hospitalised in the UK, 1,789 have sadly died.

April 1 – Day 62

Joe Anderson says Liverpool’s coronavirus death toll is much higher than reported.

Mayor Anderson says he has had reports of seven coronavirus deaths in the city – and thinks even that figure is much lower than the reality.

April 2 – Day 63

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak introduces an unprecedented package of support for businesses, employees – and after some delay, the self-employed.

The Coronavirus job retention scheme is designed to try and avoid redundancies by offering grants of up to 80% of an employee’s wage for all employment costs – up to a total of £2,500 per month.

Matt Hancock also sets a target of 100,000 coronavirus tests a day before the end of the month.

April 3 – Day 64

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Oak Springs care home in Wavertree is rocked by the virus.

Six people die from coronavirus at the Liverpool care home and three are on end-of-life care.

Home boss Andrea Lyon put out a desperate plea for help at the start of this week with two thirds of her staff off ill and the majority of vulnerable people living at the home were displaying coronavirus symptoms.

Many offer to help, but sadly it comes too late for some of those at the home.

April 4 – Day 65

Liverpool’s coronavirus death toll hits 50.

The deaths have occurred between March 19 and April 3.

In reality, the city's tragic toll will be much higher – because this data only relates to those who have passed away in hospital and who have been tested for the virus.

April 6 – Day 67

Boris Johnson has been taken into intensive care

Boris Johnson is taken into an Intensive Care Unit.

10 Downing Street reveals his condition has worsened to the point he has now been placed in ICU.

April 7 – Day 68

23 more coronavirus deaths are recorded in Liverpool's deadliest day yet.

The city has now registered 89 deaths of patients who have tested positive for Covid-19.

86 of those patients have died at hospitals run by the Royal University Hospitals Trust – which covers The Royal Liverpool, Aintree and Broadgreen Hospitals.

April 11 – Day 72

The ECHO reports that plans are being finalised to create a new 500-bed recovery facility in Liverpool city centre.

In the end this facility was not needed.

April 15 – Day 76

Tributes to Blundellsands & Crosby train station Merseyrail worker Brian Boggild

An emotional shrine is set up to commemorate coronavirus victim Brian Boggild, a familiar figure to travellers on Merseyrail

One touching tribute left at the makeshift shrine, at Blundellsands and Crosby Station, says: "It was a pleasure to know you, You made me laugh always when in your company. Sleep tight."

April 16 – Day 77

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab

Dominic Raab announces lockdown measures will continue for ‘at least the next three weeks’.

It comes as the UK records another 861 coronavirus deaths in hospital, taking the total to 13,729.

April 17 – Day 78

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16 residents at Liverpool care home Oak Springs have now died with coronavirus.

The staff believe lives could have been saved but say government action came too late.

Oak Springs Care Home in Wavertree is one of the worst-hit care homes in the country by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 16 residents have died and another eight still have symptoms of coronavirus.

April 20 – Day 81

Alder Hey confirms that an adult died of coronavirus at the children's hospital.

The hospital is caring for a number of adults during the coronavirus crisis, as well as its usual focus on children's health.

Elsewhere in Liverpool, the Liverpool University Hospitals Trust, which covers the Royal, Broadgreen and Aintree hospitals, has recorded a further seven Covid-19 deaths, taking its total to 230.

NHS England has announced 429 further deaths from the coronavirus in its hospitals, taking the overall UK death toll to 16,489.

April 21 – Day 82

LIMF 2020 will no longer go ahead

LIMF and other Liverpool events continue to be cancelled.

The team behind LIMF release a statement confirming the cancellation, which says: “We’re sorry to announce that the Liverpool International Music Festival will not take place this year.

“This has been a difficult decision for the LIMF team, but the uncertainties around the global health crisis means we simply can’t continue to plan, or stage, an event of this scale.

“We very much hope the situation has improved by July, but as LIMF takes many months to organise, it’s impossible to produce the high-quality festival we know and love in these timescales.”

April 23 – Day 84

A second adult dies of coronavirus at Alder Hey as Merseyside's total nears 700.

A further 589 people in the UK have died after testing positive for coronavirus.

A further nine people die in Liverpool after another care home devastated by coronavirus pandemic.

Home bosses at Beechwood Specialist Services, in Aigburth, said the outbreak first set in around a month ago, with nine residents sadly dying with symptoms of the virus in the time since.

Today's grim update takes the UK official total of deaths from the virus to 19,797.

A minute's silence was held before Clap for Carers at Whiston Hospital,including Johnny Vegas(far left).(Pic Andrew Teebay).

On this day, hundreds paid tribute to dad-of-four Sadeq Elhowsh who fell victim to coronavirus.

Staff at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital, where Sadeq was an orthopaedic surgeon, clapped alongside Johnny Vegas.

April 24 – Day 85

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Liverpool council launches an investigation into the Atletico Madrid match.

Mayor Joe Anderson says: "I have asked (public health chief) Matt Ashton and his team to conduct a full investigation into any potential link between that match and the situation with coronavirus in the city.

"We want to come to a view as to whether that decision had an impact on the people of this city and I've asked Matt to work with the universities to see if the data can give us an indication of that."

A tiny baby also beats coronavirus after spending two weeks in isolation at Alder Hey Hospital.

The six-month-old is believed to be one of the youngest in Merseyside to catch Covid-19.

April 26 – Day 87

The ECHO reports that a coronavirus tracing phone app could be on UK phones ‘within weeks’.

Experts say the app could massively reduce infections by alerting people who've come into contact with sufferers.

April 27 – Day 88

Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing in Downing Street

After recovering from coronavirus, Boris is back in Downing Street. The Prime Minister resumes full-time duties.

A further 329 people in England who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 18,749.

It takes the UK's overall death toll past the 21,000 mark.

April 30 – Day 91

Boris Johnson says the UK is "past the peak and on the downward slope" of the coronavirus pandemic in his first appearance at a daily press briefing since being hospitalised for Covid-19.

On the same day, the ECHO reports that Liverpool Council could face bankruptcy and is considering imposing emergency spending controls.

The money crisis was caused by the emergency spending they had to make to cope with the coronavirus, and a shortfall in Government cash to cover it.

May 1 – Day 92

Inside the new Royal Liverpool Hospital unit that will be opened to help the coronavirus effort

A Merseyside mental health trust records its first coronavirus deaths.

Mersey Care, which provides adult specialist mental health, addiction, learning disability and community health services in the region has registered two deaths of patients who have tested positive for Covid-19.

The deaths occurred on April 19 and 21.

The new Royal Liverpool Hospital. (Pic Andrew Teebay).

England reported 391 new deaths, Scotland had 60 and Wales recorded 22, taking the hospital death toll to 22,852.

However, the death toll is more than 26,500 when fatalities in the community, such as in care homes, private homes and hospices, are included.

The ECHO revealed that the New Royal Liverpool Hospital will open to help the city's coronavirus fight.

May 2 – Day 93

It appears that coronavirus deaths in Merseyside are slowing down.

Four new coronavirus deaths are recorded at Liverpool hospitals today according to the latest daily update from NHS England.

Liverpool University Hospitals Trust, which runs The Royal, Aintree and Broadgreen hospitals, has now recorded a total of 318 deaths from Covid-19.

Nationally, 425 new coronavirus deaths were announced by NHS England today with 370 of those in England's hospitals.

This takes the total number of confirmed deaths to 23,788 across the UK.

May 3 – Day 94

A new Liverpool coronavirus testing centre opens.

The centre is currently providing Covid-19 tests for frontline NHS staff, social care staff, emergency services and other health and care workers, to enable them to return safely to work as soon as possible.

May 4 – Day 95

Liverpool hospitals record zero new coronavirus deaths.

The current total death figures for each Liverpool Trust are as follows:

Liverpool University Hospitals Teaching Trust – 325

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Trust – 16

The Walton Centre NHS Trust – 6

Alder Hey Children's Hospital – 4 (all adults)

Mersey Care Mental Health NHS Trust – 3

May 5 – Day 96

Liverpool's match against Atletico Madrid is being linked to the rise in coronavirus cases

New evidence suggests the controversial Champions League match between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid may have increased the spread of coronavirus.

Government chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance was answering questions today on the suspected genesis of the UK coronavirus epidemic.

Answering a question from committee chair Jeremy Hunt, Sir Patrick tell MPs that genome sequencing suggests the UK got many of its coronavirus cases from Europe, rather than China.

Atletico Madrid fans in Liverpool ahead of the Champions League clash with Liverpool that has been blamed for spreading coronavirus

It is also reported that the UK has the highest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe.

New data from the Office of National Statistics, shows there were 29,648 covid-19 deaths in England and Wales as of April 24, higher than Italy's current death toll of 29,079.

May 6 – Day 97

Boris Johnson says lockdown restrictions will start to be lifted from Monday 'if possible'.

At his first Prime Minister's Questions since his recovery from Covid-19, he hints some of the measures he announces on Sunday could be implemented as soon as the next day.

The number of people who have died after testing positive for coronavirus in UK hospitals has also soared past the 25,000 mark.

May 7 – Day 98

There have been 920 deaths in Merseyside and thousands more have tested positive.

ECHO reporter Liam Thorp published a full breakdown of the figures that can be found here.

The highest deaths have come from across various Liverpool hospitals, with 368 deaths between Liverpool University Hospital Teaching Trust, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, The Walton Centre, Alder Hey and Mersey Care Mental Health Trust.

May 8 – Day 99

The UK's coronavirus hospital death toll has risen above 26,000 today, with 406 more patients sadly losing their lives.

A six-week old baby is tragically amongst the latest deaths.

The additional deaths – which only refer to those who have died with coronavirus in hospitals – takes the total to 26, 087.

Though, official data suggests that more than 36,000 people have died with Covid-19 inside and outside of hospitals – the highest in Europe and the second highest in the world behind the United States.