Cases of COVID-19 in Knowsley have reached a new peak today at 796.8 per 100,000 population. This exceeds the Borough’s previous tally which was recorded back in October 2020 when Knowsley was the top of the UK league table for the number of cases of COVID-19.
The sharp rise in figures is being replicated across the Liverpool City Region and many parts of the UK and Knowsley Council fully expects local levels to continue to rise for some time yet.
Councillor Sean Donnelly, Deputy Leader of Knowsley Council and Health & Social Care Cabinet Member said:
“Exceeding our previous highest level is a sobering moment for us all in Knowsley. Back in October, we were in the national headlines because of the number of positive cases which we were seeing here. This time around, we have already surpassed those figures and they are still on the increase. From what we know about the virus, cases are going to continue to rise for some time yet and that is deeply concerning.
Furthermore, we are now seeing cases across all age groups in the community. Of particular note at the moment is a major spike in cases among the 17-24 year old population and we strongly suspect that social mixing over the festive season had a part to play in that. Whilst many people in that age group do not usually get seriously ill from the virus, they can very easily pass it on to others, who may not be so fortunate.
We all need to really stop and think about our behaviours and be realistic about just how widespread this virus is in our community at the moment. Staying at home is absolutely the safest thing for us all, so please follow the rules and help us to address these alarming increases.”
England went into a national lockdown following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening (4 January 2021).
This followed rising COVID-19 infection rates across the country, a new strain of the virus which is spreading more quickly and easily than the original variant, as well as mounting pressure on the NHS.
Everyone is advised to stay at home wherever possible. By limiting interactions with others, we can reduce the spread of the infection as we know that it is easily transmitted from person to person. If you start to experience symptoms of COVID-19, then you and your household must isolate immediately and book a test. The main COVID-19 symptoms are a high temperature, a new continuous cough, and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
You can book a test online at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119
You can read the full lockdown restrictions on the Government’s website.