Latest information on coronavirus

Friday, April 30, 2021

COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Below is some simple advice about what you can do to protect yourself from coronavirus and to support your community to stay well.

Access alternative formats and translations on coronavirus advice and guidance here.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination and how this is working in Sefton on our website here.

  

Latest updates

The latest national updates on coronavirus from the Public Health England & the Department of Health and Social Care can be found at: gov.uk/coronavirus 

The latest NHS advice, including information on the COVID-19 vaccination service is available here: nhs.uk/coronavirus

 

National lockdown and roadmap to ease restrictions

The Prime Minister has laid out a roadmap plan to take us out of lockdown with four steps in place. Read about the full plan and the how the data will be reviewed throughout here.

More information

Find out more about what you can and cannot do on the government website here.

Find information on support and FAQs from Sefton Council here. 

 

There are simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other

  • Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precaution
  • Fresh air - let fresh air in. We're much safer in the fresh air because COVID-19 particles are blown away, so meet outside and keep a safe distance.

Read the latest guidance for staying alert and safe and see FAQs which explain what you can and can't do.

 

COVID-19 vaccination programme

The NHS is working hard to vaccinate those most at risk of COVID-19 first.

The vaccine programme has now moved into phase two. You can check if you are eligible for the vaccine on the NHS website here.

When you become eligible you will be contacted, either by text message, letter or by phone. This may come from your GP practice or from the national booking service and it will explain how to book your appointment.

How the programme is working in Sefton:

We have GP led vaccination services that offer appointments at four sites – Bootle, Maghull, Ainsdale and Southport. This service is concentrating on giving first and second doses to those in priority groups 1-9:

  • People aged 50 or over
  • Care home residents and staff
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • Clinically vulnerable people who are more at risk

Appointments are also being offered to those who are eligible in priority groups 10-12 (those aged 18-49) starting with the oldest adults first.   

There are a number of vaccination centres across Merseyside that anyone eligible can make appointments with via the national booking service, including nine pharmacies across Sefton based in the following areas:

  • Ainsdale
  • Bootle
  • Formby
  • Litherland
  • Seaforth
  • Southport
  • Waterloo

There is also a hospital hub at Aintree. 
If you are eligible you will be able to book your vaccination online or by phone:

Unless you are in the eligible groups, we are asking you not to contact the NHS to book a vaccination, you will be contacted when it’s your turn to be vaccinated. You will be contacted to arrange your second dose of the vaccine if you have not had that booked in since your first so please don’t worry, we will get to you.

For information about the COVID-19 vaccine on the NHS website, click here.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination on our website here.


What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

You should immediately self-isolate and stay at home if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • a high temperature (37.8C or over)
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)


Contact the NHS 111 coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • you feel breathless and it's getting worse
  • your symptoms get worse and you're not sure what to do

Please visit 111.nhs.uk online in the first instance. Only call 111 if you need help urgently. BSL users can use the NHS 111 video interpreter service

DO NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 


Self isolating

Click here for the guidance on self isolating. 


People at higher risk from coronavirus 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher.

There are 2 levels of higher risk:

  • high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • moderate risk (clinically vulnerable)

You can read more about these levels and who is at higher risk on the NHS website here.

Testing 

Click here for national guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available.

For information on testing in Sefton including locations of mobile testing units in the area, please click here.

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, new continuous cough or loss/change of taste or smell or other symptoms that may be related to COVID) you can obtain a test by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119. If the test is positive, you must follow the guidance including self-isolating immediately. More information on self-isolating can be found here.

Click here to see NHS test and trace explained in five South Asian languages (Gujarati, Punjabi, Sylheti, Tamil and Urdu).

 

Cases

The data and statistics on COVID-19 cases is compiled by Public Health England, in the COVID-19 dashboard available here. 

The MSOA (Middle Layer Super Output Area) map allows you to type in a postcode to see how many cases there are in areas of around 7,000 people.

 
Face coverings 

Members of the public must wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth in public spaces including shops, supermarkets, shopping centres, transport hubs and NHS settings to help curb the spread of the virus.

For full details of where to wear a face covering and when, how to make your own and who is exempt, visit the Gov.UK website.

 

Need help and support?

In Sefton if you need help for you or someone in your household, we recommend that you call Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845 or fill in their online form to ask for support. Find out more here.  

Other organisations providing support and information

There is a wide range of often independent and charitable organisations who offer advice, resources and support for you and the people you care for.

These organisations often specialise in providing tailored information for people with specific communications or information requirements relating to things like disability, ethnicity, gender or age. Click here for a list of some of these useful organisations. 


Health and wellbeing

Click here for information and resources on health and wellbeing and coronavirus. 


Alternative formats and translations

Access alternative formats and translations on coronavirus advice and guidance here.