The Leader of Knowsley Council has paid tribute to the Borough’s residents and businesses whose actions have contributed to the start of a decline in virus transmission rates. Although the Borough’s rates continue to be high, the efforts and sacrifices made by the community are being acknowledged as the country moves into national lockdown.
In October 2020, Knowsley was repeatedly highlighted as being the area in the UK with the highest rates of infection per 100,000 population. At one point, the rate climbed to 720 per 100,000 people. Now, thanks to the commitment and sacrifice of residents and the hard work of businesses, the rates are down to 367 per 100,000 people.
Councillor Graham Morgan, the Leader of Knowsley Council, said:-
“Our rates are still much higher than we all want them to be and we still have a long way to go in tackling this terrible virus. However, as we all move into national lockdown and stricter measures coming into force, I just want to recognise and thank our communities for their collective actions so far, which are definitely having a positive impact.
I know how difficult it has been for people and I know that there are still tough times ahead but I am incredibly proud of the resolve and spirit shown by our residents and also by local businesses who have made major changes to become COVID secure.”
From 5 November 2020, everyone in the UK is required to stay at home as much as possible. If you can work from home, you should. People must not mix with people from other households (unless they are part of your support bubble) either indoors or in private gardens. In addition, non-essential shops have closed as well as pubs and restaurants (except for takeaway services), gyms, leisure centres, golf courses, cinemas, and bingo halls. The full guidance is available on the Government’s website.
In addition to thanking the community for their efforts so far, the Council is focussed on looking to the future for the Borough and doing all that it can to improve the situation here for residents and businesses. It is also watching closely the impact of the mass testing pilot programme in Liverpool that is being rolled out from 6 November 2020.
Councillor Morgan added:
“We know that many of our residents work or study in Liverpool and may well be involved in the mass testing pilot. We know that this will probably cause our rates to increase again in the coming weeks. We have to be realistic about that and recognise that this is a good thing as we will be identifying asymptomatic individuals who may otherwise be spreading the virus unknowingly. It’s all part of the steps which we need to take to get our lives back on track – it’s a long road but our continued collective efforts will benefit us all in the long run.
The coming months will be difficult but I want to thank people for their efforts so far. I also want to encourage everyone to keep going and follow the rules.”
Remember, if you display any of the symptoms – high temperature, new or persistent cough, loss of taste or smell – stay at home and book a test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119.