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PremierLeague-News.Com - Rates are rising quickly in Sefton after Indian variant identified in cases
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! These maps show just how quickly Covid-19 has spread in one area of Merseyside. While most of our region is keeping virus rates low, the Formby area of Sefton is struggling with rapidly growing rates. Sefton Council has confirmed the presence of a new Indian variant of the disease in the area and this is thought to be behind the recent outbreak and sudden surge in infections. That surge is centred on Formby - where a pub and a leisure centre have already been forced to close because of outbreaks, with two schools also having to send classes home to isolate. The situation in Formby is a reminder that despite the progress made in fighting the virus, it doesn't take long for it to return and spread quickly. These maps show how that has happened over the past few weeks in the Formby area Week leading up to April 23 This map shows covid rates in the week upto April 23 - as you can see all four Formby wards are coloured white, meaning cases are suppressed (3 or fewer in each) There are four individual wards covering Formby on this map, they are: Formby South East and Ince Blundell, Fomby South West, Formby West and Freshfield North and Formby Central and Freshfield South. Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here As you can see in this map, based on testing data up to April 23, all of the Formby wards are coloured in white. White means that covid rates are suppressed in an area, with fewer than three new cases recorded in that area in that period. Week leading up to April 30 This map shows infection rates in the week up to April 30. The darker green shows a rate over 50 cases per 100k, while the blue means 100+ A week later and things have changed quite a bit. Most of the white is gone - apart from Formby South West, where rates are still suppressed. The light green area shows Formby West and Freshfield North, which at this point had an infection rate of 46.7 per 100,000 people with three new cases. The lower area coloured in dark green is Formby South East and Ince Blundell, which also registered three new cases to give an infection rate of 53.0 cases per 100,000.
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. At this point the area had recorded an infection rate of 145.4 cases per 100,000 people because of nine new cases. Week leading up to May 7
This map shows covid rates in the week upto May 7 - the dark blue indicates an infection rate of more than 200 cases per 100,000
As you can see, things have changed substantially again at this point - which is the latest period we have data for. This map shows dark blue colours for three of the four Formby wards now - indicating infection rates of over 200 cases per 100,000. At this point Formby West and Freshfield North has an infection rate of 233.4 cases per 100,000 because of 15 new cases - five times the number from the week before. Formby Central and Freshfield South has an infection rate of 307 cases per 100,000 because of 19 new cases - around double what it recorded the week before. And Formby South East and Ince Blundell now has an infection rate of 305.6 cases per 100,000 people, with 17 new cases recorded - an increase of more than five times from the week before.
It is important to recognise that the numbers of new cases are still fairly low, but it is the speed at which they are increasing week on week that will be of concern to public health bosses in the area. Sefton Council's leader Ian Maher this week reminded people in the area to be vigilant and follow social distancing rules. He said: "Sefton Council will be working closely with Public Health England and other partners to provide all the local knowledge and expertise it can to support any work that is required to identify and contain the variant. “Vaccination, testing and all of us following the rules on distancing, face-covering and handwashing are all still key to preventing the spread of COVID."
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