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Liverpool coronavirus blocking guide: everything you need to know

Liverpool is stuck as hundreds of pubs, bars and restaurants were sentenced to shut down yesterday by the government to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.

Merseyside currently has at least 35 confirmed cases of a deadly pandemic, although the actual number is feared to be hundreds.

About 14 of these are in Liverpool, nine in Wirral and seven confirmed cases in Sefton.

Actual figures are believed to be much higher because health professionals have stopped testing people at home while the government is arguing over buying wholesale home test kits.

Apocalyptic scenes on the M62 motorway in Liverpool

Increased universal credit and sickness allowance

The standard universal credit allowance was raised to £ 1,000 per year for the next 12 months along with the work tax credit.

Every self-employed person can now access universal credit in full at a rate equivalent to that of the statutory salary for employees.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Together these measures will benefit over 4 million of our most vulnerable families.

“And I am also strengthening the safety net for self-employed workers, suspending the minimum level of income for all those affected by the economic impacts of the coronavirus.

“This means that every self-employed person can now access universal credit in full at a rate equivalent to that of state employee sickness.”

Pubs, bars and restaurants closed

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Pubs, bars and restaurants must close on Friday night – with the exception of takeaway food – to deal with the coronavirus, said Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

All nightclubs, theaters, cinemas, gyms and recreation centers in the UK have also been asked to close “as soon as reasonably practicable”.

Johnson said the situation will be reviewed every month, according to the BBC.

See below for a complete list of updated supermarket opening hours.

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Updating schools and key workers

Friday was the last day for most children in England, Scotland and Wales until further notice.

Schools are closing in on all but vulnerable children and those with a parent identified as a key worker.

Grade A and GCSE pupils will be assessed through teacher assessments after all exams have been canceled.

The government has released a list of key workers whose children can still go to school if they cannot be treated at home.

The complete list of key workers is divided into sectors as follows:

  • Health and social care
  • Education and childcare
  • Key public services
  • Local and national government
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public security and national security
  • Transport
  • Utility
  • Communication
  • Financial services

Merseyside calculates the breakdown


There are currently 14 confirmed cases in Liverpool.

This is an increase of one since March 19th.


There are nine confirmed cases in Wirral.

This is an increase of one since March 19th.


There are currently seven confirmed cases in Sefton.

This is an increase of one since March 19th.

St Helens

It had previously been announced that St Helens had two confirmed cases of COVID-19.

That number remains the same.


There has been no increase in cases in Knowsley.

Three cases have been confirmed in the district.


There are still four cases of coronavirus in Warrington.

No increases since March 19th have been reported.

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There have been further confirmed cases in Halton.

There are now five confirmed coronavirus cases in the region.

This comes after it was revealed that a parent of a student from the Grange Academy had contracted the virus.

Vulnerable said he avoided social contacts for 4 months

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the most vulnerable members of society will be told to implement stricter social exclusion measures over a 12-week period and that further advice will be given to those affected in the coming days.

Hancock said that people, including cancer patients and people with severe asthma, should “get out of any social contact from Monday onwards”.

At the moment, anyone with an underlying health condition such as those who usually receive a flu jab for the NHS, people with weakened immune systems, and anyone over 70 is said to be “particularly strict in following measures. of social estrangement “.

It is understood that those who are part of the “most at risk” group will receive further advice before Monday via text message or letter.

The group includes those with particular underlying health conditions, who are the most vulnerable to contracting complications from Covid-19 and is not defined by age.

Latest supermarkets

Sainsbury’s is following other supermarket chains and is introducing a golden hour of shopping for the NHS and social workers.

Starting next week, healthcare and healthcare professionals will be able to shop at Sainsbury’s between 8:00 am and 9:00 am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, alongside elderly and vulnerable buyers.

While thousands of customers supplied themselves with panicked products, many were left in front of empty shelves in supermarkets.

Tesco and Marks & Spencer have already announced that they are giving priority purchasing times to healthcare and social care workers.

Retirees take advantage of the first hour of shopping at the Sainsbury supermarket

Sainsbury’s is also consolidating the opening hours from 8 to 20, Monday to Saturday, in order to focus on restocking the shelves.

The opening on Sunday, the opening hours of Sainsbury’s Local and the petrol station will remain unchanged.

“Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, all of our supermarkets will dedicate 8 am to 9 am to serving elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers, as well as the national health service and social workers,” said CEO Mike Coupe.

“They’ll just have to show us their pass or ID when they visit.”


Numerous stores now operate at shorter hours due to “operational reasons,” Tesco said on Twitter after the photos showed empty shelves of food and other essential goods.

Some Tesco Extra stores and major Metro stores have reduced their hours between 6:00 and 22:00, so they can stock up properly overnight.

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Asda has revealed that it is temporarily closing its stores 24 hours a day between 12:00 and 06:00.

To check the opening hours of your local shop, visit www.storelocator.asda.com.


Sainsbury’s shops are typically open from 7:00 to 22:00 Monday to Saturday.

Shops are open from 10 to 16 on Sunday.

To find the opening hours of your local store, visit www.stores.sainsburys.co.uk


Opening times vary across the country. To find the opening hours of the local Morrison store, visit www.groceries.morrisons.com.


The current Aldi opening hours are listed from 8 to 21 from Monday to Saturday and from 11 to 17 on Sunday.

To check your local store, visit www.aldi.co.uk.


Iceland will soon open its supermarkets so that older customers can visit them before the shops are open to the public.

Every day, older shoppers can visit between 8 and 9 to shop first.

To check the opening hours in your local store, visit www.iceland.co.uk.

How long will it last?

An official time scale has not yet been predicted: scientists speculate that the coronavirus may be with us for the months to come.

Different estimates range from two months to 18 months.

British Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said on March 12 that he expects the UK to reach the peak of its coronavirus outbreak in around 10-14 weeks.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the situation will be reviewed every month.

NHS equipment crisis?

Meanwhile, former health secretary Jeremy Hunt said the government must ensure that hospital staff who treat coronavirus patients have the protective equipment they need.

He said that not all NHS staff members received the correct personal protective equipment (PPE).

“We have to solve this problem. We ask people to put their lives at the forefront of the NHS at risk. We have seen all the terrible scenes of what is happening in Italy,” he told BBC Radio 4 Today.

“It’s absolutely heartbreaking when NHS frontline professionals don’t have the equipment they need.

“I think the government has done a lot in the past week. I think they have unlocked the supply chains, but there is the question of whether it is the right equipment.”

Small acts of kindness

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Our ability to do it will not only depend on what the government or business can do, but on the individual acts of kindness we show each other.

“The small business that does everything it can to not lay off its staff.

“The student who makes a shop for the elderly neighbor.

“The retired nurse volunteering to cover shifts in their local hospital.

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“When this is over, and it is over, we want to look back at this moment and remember the many small acts of kindness done by us and by us.

“This time we want to look back and remember how we thought of others before and acted decently.

“We want to look back on this moment and remember how, faced with a decisive moment for the generation, we undertook a collective national effort – and we stayed together”.


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