An outbreak of coronavirus in Liverpool has been contained, meaning restrictions that were brought in for certain parts of the city are now being eased.

The city's Public Health team employed a hyper-local approach to tackling a concerning increase in infections in the Princes Park council ward within the L8 post code.

The swift action - which involved working with community and faith leaders - has managed to push the number of infections in the ward down from 18 to less than five in less than two weeks.

All of the city’s other 29 wards are now at five or fewer than five cases with 49 in the city in total - down from 74.

The city council had brought in a number of restrictions and measures for residents in the Princes Park ward in its work to bring down the infection levels.

This included a ban on care home visits, gatherings and events - with local people also told not to go into other households or even stay with family and friends.

Several temporary testing sites were also set up in the area.

With numbers now pushed down, some of those restrictions can be eased.

From tomorrow, these are the new restrictions that will be in place across the Princes Park ward:

· Overnight stays and visits to one other household are allowed but must be socially distanced

· Clinically extremely vulnerable people at risk of severe illness should continue to take additional measures to protect themselves as set out in the national guidance

· Community buildings can reopen and outdoor gatherings resume provided they have done a risk assessment and are Covid-secure

· Care home visits can resume, but these will be outside

· Businesses should still take measures to protect staff and customers following national guidelines

· The last day of operation for the testing centre at Princes Park health centre is Friday 14 August

· The testing centre at PAL Multicultural centre will operate until 20 August.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson and the city's Director of Public Health Matt Ashton have now written to all Liverpool households to thank them for their efforts in stemming the outbreak.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “We took a decision to move quickly in Princes Park, and that decision has proved to be the right one.

“Council teams and volunteers literally put in the hard yards to help contain the outbreak and this has ultimately saved lives – not only in Princes Park but also in the wider city. My thanks go to them as well as the other community and faith leaders who have worked so hard to keep people safe and also the residents who have engaged with the action we have taken and turned the outbreak around.

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“There’s no doubt we have made positive steps in the city, but for us to keep moving in the right direction we all have to remain cautious so that we can keep people safe, keep jobs safe and avoid a wider lockdown.”

Matt Ashton, Liverpool Director of Public Health: “What we achieved in Princes Park has shown the value of local teams being able to take quick action and making the best use of the local knowledge that they have.

“Everyone can certainly feel proud of what has been achieved and knowing that this approach works gives us confidence, but it will not allow us to be complacent.

“We contained an outbreak but the virus has not gone away. My team continue to monitor the numbers of confirmed cases - but will still need everyone’s help to make sure that those levels remain low.

“The most important thing we can do to stop the spread of the virus is to keep social distancing. Also, keep washing your hands, using hand sanitiser, and wear a face covering. These are small steps, but all added together they can make a huge difference.”