30 December 2020 18:37
Mr Rotheram said: "Being placed into tier three is something that none of us wanted, but I hope that these new measures help to slow down and contain the spread of the virus quickly." Wirral and the Liverpool City region will move into the government's Covid Alert Tier 3, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed. In a commons address this afternoon, Mr Hancock said that Liverpool City Region will move from Tier 2 to Tier 3 from 00:01 tomorrow (December 31). Metro Mayor for Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram said: "Despite our area leading on many of the medical developments in the fight against Covid, we have seen transmission rates rise recently in every part of our city region, leading to a worrying uptick in positive cases. Wirral will face Tier 3 restrictions after Health Secretary Matt Hancock's announcement in the House of Commons this afternoon. Currently, there are 753 cases in the borough at a rate of 232 per 100,000 - the highest in the Liverpool City Region and a big increase on the rate of 137 per 100,000 recorded just a week earlier.
One person said: "We have to do what's needed to beat this horrible disease, so I agree with Tier 3, we have to remember people are dying left, right and centre and their loved ones can't be with them. Pointing to the success of countries such as New Zealand in dealing with the virus, one person said: "We should be back in full lockdown including schools with full support packages in place for everyone, with no gaps and no one missing out." Although the new restrictions might help to stem the tide of rising infections in Wirral, they will inevitably have an impact on businesses which are struggling after nine months of restrictions. Ms Basnett added that more support was needed for those businesses which will be affected by the new rules. She said: "Our business community has proven above and beyond that it's capable of being resilient, however, should [rising infection numbers] result in any additional restrictions then this needs to be bridged by government, with a significant financial support package. Responding to today's news, Cllr Janette Williamson, leader of Wirral Council, said: "Despite everyone's hard work, we are now seeing numbers rise to a very worrying level and from having very low rates just weeks ago, we are now seeing hundreds of cases every day; our figures are currently the highest in the Liverpool City Region.
Mr Rotheram said: "Despite our area leading on many of the medical developments in the fight against COVID, we have seen transmission rates rise recently in every part of our city region, leading to a worrying uptick in positive cases. "But alongside this it is vital that Government also steps-up and offers financial support to areas in higher tiers. ST HELENS has been placed in Tier 3 restrictions in response to rising infection rates across the region, it has been announced today. Since the last national lockdown ended on December 2, the Liverpool City Region, which St Helens is a part of, has been under Tier 2 restrictions. Speaking in the House of Commons this afternoon, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the measures will come into force one minute past midnight tonight.
"I promise that we will again do all that we can locally to support local businesses and protect jobs, but alongside this it is vital that Government also steps-up and offers financial support to areas in higher Tiers. "We have seen throughout the past ten months that restrictions can only suppress the virus for a limited period of time.