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Knowsley’s COVID rates still dangerously high

by Lisa Bennett

Despite recent decreases, Knowsley’s rates of COVID infection remain the highest in country. As at 23 January, the Borough’s rates are 826.6 per 100,000.

Currently the rate of decline is slow and with more than 1,200 residents testing positive in the last 7 days alone. It is clear that the virus is still being widely transmitted in the community.

COVID-19 is easily passed from person to person so limiting interactions with anyone outside your household is vital. You can’t see, touch or smell COVID so you won’t know who has or hasn’t got it. The safest thing to do is to protect yourself and ensure you stay at home as much as possible.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

“We understand that people are desperate to know when lockdown will be eased and there is already lots of media speculation about this. The reality is that currently our rates a still dangerously high and it is just too early for us to be thinking about any relaxation of rules.

We need our residents to understand the seriousness of the situation, the likelihood of them catching the virus and why it is still so important to follow the rules. Our figures are starting to fall – but slowly. We all need to keep focussed, stay at home as much as possible and encourage all your loved ones to do the same.”

Pressure on hospitals

In addition to having the highest rates of infection in the country Knowsley’s local hospitals are also reporting significant pressures due to increasing numbers of patients needing hospital treatment for COVID-19.

You can help to reduce the rates of infection by:-

  • Staying at home as much as possible.
  • If you do need to leave the house for essential trips such as home / work purposes, ensure you are using the borough’s SMART testing sites regularly (at least twice a week). SMART testing will identify people who have COVID but don’t have any symptoms so that they can self-isolate and stop passing the virus on to others. You can check where your nearest site is and also how busy it is. 
  • If you, someone you live with, someone in your support bubble or a close contact have tested positive for COVID, it’s essential that you follow the law and self isolate for 10 days (from the date the symptoms started or from the date of the test).
  • Remember, a negative test is valid at that moment in time and doesn’t mean you are COVID clear – regular testing is recommended.
  • Maintain social distancing at all times.
  • Continue to regularly wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Wear a face covering where advised such as in shops, supermarkets and on public transport.