Headlines: More than 1,000 people have now died with COVID-19 in Wirral

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Here’s Emily Bonner with a look at some of the main headlines from Liverpool today.

More than 1,000 people have now died with COVID-19 in Wirral. The news comes almost 18 months after the country was first locked down to prevent the virus from spreading. In the most recent week’s figures, four people in Wirral died with COVID-19 listed as a cause of death on the death certificate.

COVID-19 rates remain high across Liverpool, but there has been a sharp and worrying rise in both Childwall and Belle Vale wards.

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Residents across the city are now being asked to be extra cautious and to take a rapid antigen test as soon as possible.

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Liverpool said: “The Liverpool 7-day rate has increased to around 417 per 100,000, but Childwall and Belle Vale wards have jumped to over 600 per 100,000. There is also a worrying rise in the number of over 60s contracting the virus too.

“Being double vaccinated remains the best way to prevent yourself from getting seriously ill or spreading it to others – whether or not you’ve had the COVID-19 infection before – so I also urge people to get vaccinated as soon as possible and to keep wearing a face covering in crowded areas or in places where they can’t easily socially distance.”

Cream Classical

Cream ‘On the Waterfront’ is bringing four concerts to Liverpool’s Pier Head from Thursday, 16 September, to Sunday, 19 September. A number of road closures will be in place in the lead up to, during and post-event.

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Only residents, deliveries and Merseytravel staff will be able to access Brunswick Street, Mann Island and George’s Dock Way. A ‘Residents Hotline’ has been set up to answer any queries that people living near the Pier Head may have.

For information, comments or issues please contact organisers by email or telephone as follows:

Thursday 9 September – Wednesday 15 September: 8am – 8pm

Thursday 16 September – Sunday 19 September: 8am – midnight

Monday 20 September – Wednesday 22 September: 8am – 8pm

Telephone: 02034 750 702

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