Warning against complacency as Liverpool cases continue to fall

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Liverpool's coronavirus rate continued to fall this week but worries continue over a plateauing of infection levels in the city.

Liverpool recorded 1,235 new cases of coronavirus in the week up to February 9, a drop from 1,536 the week before.

Its case rate dropped to 248 cases per 100,000 people from 308 cases per 100,000 the week before.

However, the council has now started a "Five Point Plan' campaign to try to bring infections down to safer levels after the rate of the fall in infection slowed earlier this week.

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The plan is attempting to refocus attention on the need for people to follow basic rules and guidelines and to avoid complacency about the virus.

Launching the plan, director of public health Matt Ashton said that while the city appeared to be past the worst of the current wave, there was still significant danger.

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He said: “January was absolutely horrendous in terms of infection rates and the pressure on the NHS and social care system, and I am hopeful that we have now passed the worst of it.

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“However, although infection rates have reduced a lot, in the last few days in Liverpool they have plateaued and we really need it to get a lot lower if we want to be in a good position when we get out of lockdown.

“The rollout of the vaccine is going really well but the reality is that it will take many months for us to immunise a large proportion of the population. In the meantime, we have to continue to do all the things we have been doing such as social distancing, wearing face coverings and getting tested regularly if we are going out to work.”

He said said that middle aged men were currently the group accounting for a higher number of new infections.

He urged those men and everyone else to focus on a "big push" over the next four weeks to leave the city in a position where restrictions could be eased.

Councillor Paul Brant, cabinet member for health and adult social care, urged that, while the winter had been incredibly difficult for everyone, it was important for people to continue to follow lockdown rules and wider coronavirus guidelines closely.

He said: “If we can all really make an extra effort in the next few weeks then it will pay dividends in the months ahead while we wait for the impact of the vaccine programme to really kick in.

“We really do appreciate how tough this is, but the fastest and easiest way out of this, is to slow transmission of the virus as much as we possibly can. Please follow the rules and ask for help if you need it.”

What are the five things the council wants everyone to do?

1: Stay at home as much as possible – and if you do go out to keep at least two metres away from others at all times and wear a face covering in shops, on public transport and around other people

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2: If you have Covid-19 or flu-like symptoms, book a test online at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

3: If you have to leave the house for work or education, get yourself tested every 5-7 days at a symptom-free test centre or through your employer

4: Take the Covid-19 vaccine if you are offered it to protect yourself, your loved ones and the rest of the city

5: If you need help because you are struggling, or because you have to self-isolate, visit www.liverpool.gov.uk/coronavirus – help is available

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