We remain in Tier 2 for the moment and there’s no reason to assume that this will change when the review is announced on 16 December (those who do change will do so on 19 December).

So, how is the Wirral doing? Here is the resource to find out:

https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/interactive-map

My area (Claughton South and Oxton North) has increased by 60 % to 98.1 per 100,000. Noctorum South is at 109.3 and Woodchurch is up to 247.5. Pensby and Thingwall remains low but Neston and Parkgate is up by 43% to 125.8. The worst local area is Upton West & Heath (near Chester) which has increased by 47.4% to 545.9 which is among the highest nationwide.

Over the water, Albert Dock and Queen’s Dock is up by 80% to 105.4. Toxteth is at 129.9, Wavertree South is up 36.4% to 134.8 and Huyton West and Roby is up by 50% to 246.5.

For reference, these are the nations rates as at 10 December:

  • Wales: 381.8 (+50.9%)
  • England: 165.3 (+9.8%)
  • Northern Ireland: 157.9 (+14.6%)
  • Scotland: 102.2 (+0.9%)

The highest local authority rate is Swale (Kent) with 624.3. Manchester is 96th (170.2), St Helens is 158th (129.6), West Lancs is 180th (120.7), Cheshire West and Chester is 218th (100.9), Knowsley is 229th (93.5), Liverpool is 239th (88.1) and Wirral is 291st (57.1) from a total of 315.

So, overall, Wirral and most of Merseyside is doing very well. If you are a Wirral resident, you can now take advantage of asymptomatic testing by going to:

https://www.wirral.gov.uk/covid-19-testing/covid-19-tests-people-who-do-not-have-symptoms

You should take at least one and perhaps two tests over the next fortnight, particularly if you are planning on visiting elderly or vulnerable relatives or friends in a Christmas bubble.

Although the news about the Pfizer vaccine has been very welcome, it’s also worth bearing in mind that the GlaxoSmithCline/Sanofi vaccine (which would have got round the the low temperature problem) has been delayed and may not roll out until late 2021 so testing remains critical.

Let’s hope that all the Merseyside areas can remain in the lower tiers. However, the reality is that coronavirus and its effects going to stay with us well into 2021 so the focus must be on minimising its impact on our day to day lives.

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