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Warning over COVID-19 cases increase among young people

Public health officials have warned that the COVID-19 illness can infect anyone, regardless of age, as there is an increase of confirmed cases in young people with coronavirus.

There have been around 30 cases in the area over the last fortnight, with half of them in people aged 15-24.

The places affected include Belle Vale, Childwall, Woolton, Knotty Ash, Allerton and Hunts Cross. There have also been a number of cases in Halewood.

Mobile testing centres will be in the area over the next week or so, carrying out swab tests on people with symptoms who have pre-booked an appointment via the NHS website.

Woolton:  Saturday 11 July and Sunday 12 July

Wavertree: Monday 13 July to Wednesday 15 July

Halewood: Tuesday 14 July to Friday 17 July, and Friday 24 July to Sunday 26 July

Booking a test can only be done through the NHS website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-an-antigen-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/, and full instructions and the location are sent with the confirmation – you cannot just turn up without an appointment.

Matt Ashton, Liverpool’s Director of Public Health, said:

“Everyone is at risk of COVID-19, but we know that there is a perception among younger people that they are less at risk.

“The easing of the lockdown means this is a really dangerous moment for case numbers, and we need people not to let their guard down and throw away all of the sacrifices we have made since March.

“We owe it to each other to take precautions and look after each other, regardless of their age.

“This is not just about your own individual risk, but the chances of you passing it on to your own family and friends, some of which may be in vulnerable groups and could become seriously ill.

“So we need everyone to follow the rules, such as avoiding crowds of people and social gatherings, following social distancing guidelines, and using face coverings on public transport and in supermarkets.

“Regardless of where you live, if you do develop symptoms, please make sure you isolate, book a test through the NHS website, and then if it is positive we can use contact tracing to help find other that may be at risk.

“If everyone follows the guidance we can help control the virus and minimise the impact on ourselves and our loved ones.”

READ MORE: Merseyside Police advise anyone going out in the Liverpool City Region this weekend do the right thing and follow public health guidelines

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