Sefton’s Covid-19 transmission rate ‘lowest it’s been in six months’

The rate has fallen to 63 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending 8th March

The Covid-19 transmission rate in Sefton has almost halved again in the past two weeks, Liverpool Echo reports.

Sefton’s rate of transmission as of the week ending 8th March is 63 new cases per 100,000 people, which is the lowest recorded rate in the borough since 13th September, showing clear signs the current guidelines are helping to reduce the spread of the virus.

Although every other borough in the Liverpool City Region has seen a significant decline in cases this week, St Helens has Merseyside’s highest rate at 88 cases per 100,000 people, which is higher than Liverpool’s rate at 52 cases per 100,000 people.

The Wirral is confirmed to have the Liverpool City Region’s lowest infection rate of 46 cases per 100,000 people, lower than the UK’s average of 58.1 cases per 100,000 people as of Sunday 21st March.

Sefton’s worst impacted neighbourhood with the highest infection rate is Southport Waterfront, with an infection rate of 166 cases per 100,000 people.

Eleven neighbourhoods in Sefton are noted as currently having just two or fewer confirmed cases, which are:

Crossens, Ainsdale East, Ainsdale West, Formby Central and Freshfield North, Formby South West, Formby South East and Ince Blundell, Blundellsands, Waterloo, Aintree East and Waddicar, Litherland South, Bootle North and Orrell.

Areas with transmission rates that are lower than 50 cases per 100,000 people, which is lower than the UK average, include: Southport South, Formby West and Freshfield North and Crosby East.

Figures were accurate as of the date of publishing (21.03.21).

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