Covid-19 has worked its way through Liverpool's younger generations and is now spreading amongst the elderly and more vulnerable, a city leader has said.
The city's cabinet member for health Cllr Paul Brant said that earlier in the summer it was clear that transmission was spreading among younger people - who are less likely to fall ill or die after contracting covid-19.
But Cllr Brant said the virus has now worked its way around the population of the city and is spreading among the more vulnerable - which is leading to soaring admissions and rising deaths in Liverpool's hospitals.
Speaking in a live interview on the Liverpool Echo's Facebook page today, he said: "The virus has worked its way through the population.
"It's not just the numbers, it is where it is in the population.
"It's clear from the testing results we were getting back that initially the infections tended to be amongst the younger age groups - below 35.
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"But watching it over time we can see that the percentage of infected people in the older groups is gradually increasing and effectively working its way up the age groups.
"The virus can be at similar overall levels in different parts of the country but have much different impacts on the health service because.
"At the moment we have widespread infection which is moving its way up to those older age groups in our communities and it's orders of magnitude worse than it was in the summer."
Liverpool's infection rate has been decreasing in recent days and has fallen from nearly 700 cases per 100,000 at its height a couple of weeks ago to around 470.
However, not only is the overall rate still dangerously high, the key concern is that the virus is spreading to those who will be least able to fight it off.
A public health spokesperson said: "Compared to the previous week, we have seen a slight decrease in rates of new infections in the city, however the current seven-day rate remains very high.
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"The rate of new infections in older people is particularly worrying at the current very high level, resulting in increased pressure on hospitals and deaths from Covid for weeks to come."
It is this transmission in vulnerable groups that means the city's hospitals are recording large numbers of covid deaths now.
Between 22 and 28 October 2020 there were 201 registered deaths in Liverpool, of which 37% (76) were Covid-19 deaths.