Cases, control and testing
Report published 26th November 2020
Data extracted covering testing up to 23rd November 2020 show that the total number of confirmed cases for the last 7 days is 686, a decrease of 476 cases on the previous week. The latest weekly rate of COVID-19 in Liverpool is 137.7 per 100,000 population and the latest positivity testing rate* is 1.8%.
Of the 686 confirmed cases in the last 7 days, 185 (27%) were detected using Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) kits. At an assumed COVID population prevalence of 2% in Liverpool, one in five LTF positive results will be false positive. They will require confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing.
The majority of cases (55%) were in those aged under 40 years, whereas 24% cases were in those aged 40-59 yrs. Of all the confirmed cases in the last seven days 49% were female and 51% were male. Of those cases where ethnicity was given, 84% people were recorded as White British and 16% people were from a BAME** background.
Compared to the previous week, we have seen a slight decrease in rates of new infections in the city, however the current 7 days rate remains very high. The rate of new infections in older people is particularly worrying at the current very high level, resulting in increased pressure on hospitals and deaths from COVID for weeks to come.
The wards with the largest number of confirmed cases are Fazakerley (68 cases), Central (38 cases), Tuebrook and Stoneycroft (32 cases), Picton (30 cases), Everton (30 cases), Yew Tree (29 cases), Allerton and Hunts Cross (29 cases) and Riverside (28 cases).
Between 19th - 25th November 2020 there were 157 registered deaths in Liverpool, of which 29% (n=46) were COVID-19 deaths.
* Positivity rate = total number of positive tests from all tests carried out in the last 7 days
Source: Public Health England Covid-19 Situational Awareness Explorer
|Ward name||Total weekly cases||Total weekly lateral flow test cases|
|Allerton and Hunts Cross||29||8|
|Kensington and Fairfield||17||<5|
|Tuebrook and Stoneycroft||32||<5|