Leaders across Liverpool are calling for more Government support for their Covid-19 response.
Liverpool, as well as surrounding regions, have been identified as areas of concern by the Government, however Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and surrounding Cheshire councils claim that the Government hasn’t offered adequate support since this classification.
The calls come in order to avoid a local lockdown, similar to neighbouring Manchester.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region said:
“Today we have come together to speak with one voice and urge the Government to immediately deploy additional testing capacity in our region.
“The North West currently has 24% of England’s Covid-19 cases but only around 15% of the national testing capacity.
“This cannot be right and is hampering our effort to protect the most vulnerable in our communities and avoid further, more drastic and damaging lockdown measures.
“My colleagues and I are fully committed to working in partnership with national government, but we need the right support and resource to help us at a regional level.”