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Coronavirus Knowsley: important reminder

Knowsley COVID levels lowest since September – but now is not the time to relax

by Guy Murphy

The number of Knowsley residents with COVID-19 is at its lowest level since September last year. Current figures show that case levels are around 50 per 100,000 population – this compares to a figure of 1,472.2 per 100,000 on 8 January 2021 when Knowsley recorded the highest rates of COVID-19 in the whole of the UK. But despite the positive progress, the Leader of the Council is calling upon residents not to relax just yet.

Cllr Graham Morgan said:

“There is no doubt that we have made considerable progress in our efforts to reduce transmission rates here in Knowsley. But we also know from past experience that our rates can quickly rise when lockdown measures are eased – as we saw over Christmas. My message to residents is that now is NOT the time to relax.

Getting our case levels down has been so important but we still have work to do. We need our rates to decrease even further and to keep them low. That will be challenging, especially as more and more freedoms return and society begins to reopen. That’s why I have to call on our residents, yet again, to really focus their efforts – keep following the rules and make sure that we continue to drive our case levels down and to achieve the dates set out in the national roadmap.

We all want to see our freedoms return, the economy to get back up and running and to start to enjoy the things we have missed so much – but we aren’t there yet. We have made fantastic progress, but we’ve got to keep going and not lose our focus now. Our residents have been incredible so far and so I hope I can continue to count on their support.”

On 8 March schools across Knowsley reopened for face to face learning for all pupils and from 29 March, if cases levels continue to remain low, one household can meet with another household outside, the ‘rule of six’ returns for meeting people in the outdoors and outdoor sports such as tennis and golf can resume.

You can find more information on the roadmap and a full break down of what restrictions are eased at each stage here.

Cllr Morgan added:

“As society reopens, we will be keeping a very close eye on the case levels to ensure we can quickly address any spikes or increases in transmission. As we continue to monitor the figures, everyone can play their part by continuing to follow the rules – wash your hands thoroughly, wear a face covering and maintain social distancing.”