COVID-19: Large increase in positive tests

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‘Of particular concern to us is the number of (COVID-19) cases in the under 30s group’.

Matt Ashton, Liverpool’s Director of Public Health, talks about the 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Liverpool over the last week, particularly in people under the age of 30 which indicates that a lot of the virus transmission is through the night-time economy.

Data covering testing up until Saturday 5 September show the total number of positive tests increased by 125 cases on the previous week, when there were 75. Almost 60 percent of cases are in people aged under 40.

The wards with the largest number of confirmed cases are Riverside (24 cases), Allerton and Hunts Cross (13 cases), Picton (9 cases), Church (9 cases), Cressington (9 cases), Central (8 cases), Wavertree (8 cases), County (8 cases), and Woolton (8 cases). Compared to the previous week, confirmed cases in all the wards have increased.

The latest weekly rate of COVID-19 in Liverpool is now 40.1 per 100,000 people.

The latest report can be read here: https://liverpool.gov.uk/covidcases

Key advice

· Stay at least 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble

· Wash your hands with soap and water often, and as soon as you get home

· Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water not available

· Wear a face covering over your mouth and nose where social distancing is not possible outdoors and indoors.

· By law, you must now wear face coverings in most indoor settings including public transport, shops, post-offices, banks, beauty salons, visitor attractions and entertainment venues, libraries, community centres, places of worship and public areas in hotels.

· Use Covid Safe businesses who are following the government guidance.

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