The local COVID alert level is Very high.

Wirral has seen a rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases since September and the number of cases continues to rise. At the end of August, we were seeing around 90 cases per week, this compares to the current level of 968 cases per week (in the 7 days to 12 October 2020, the most recent day for which figures are available).

There is now widespread community transmission, with new positive COVID-19 cases being seen across Wirral and in all age groups.

The latest weekly rate of COVID-19 in Wirral is 320 per 100,000 population while the latest positivity rate is 9.5% (percentage of positive tests of all tests carried out in the last 7 days).

The total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Wirral in the last 7 days (to 12 October 2020) was 968, an increase of 100 cases on the previous week.

By ten year age band, the largest percentage number of cases (in the 7 days to 12 October 2020) were in those aged 20-29 (18%), following by those aged 30 to 39 (15%) and those aged 50 to 59 (also 15%).

There were slightly more cases in women compared to men in the 7 days to 12 October 2020; 56% female and 44% male.

The wards with the largest number of confirmed cases (in the 7 days to 12 October 2020) are currently Claughton (67 cases), Leasowe and Moreton East (58 cases), New Brighton (53 cases), and Oxton (51 cases).

The ethnicity of confirmed cases (in the 7 days to 12 October 2020) was 82% White British, 12% unknown and 6% from black and minority ethnic or mixed heritage backgrounds.

On 4 October 2020, weekly data from the Office for National Statistics showed there had been 63 registered deaths in Wirral, of which 5% (3) were COVID-19 deaths.

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For a more detailed weekly breakdown of Wirral’s COVID-19 data visit the Wirral Intelligence Service website.