Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has questioned why new restrictions for the city and wider region will not be brought in until Tuesday - with coronavirus cases soaring.

Yesterday the government announced sweeping new measures that will be brought in for the region - including a ban on households mixing and new closing times for pubs and restaurants.

But Mayor Anderson said he worries people may choose to let loose in Liverpool for one final weekend before the new rules come in - which could have a devastating impact on the already surging infection rate in the city.

He said: "I think it just shows once again how out of touch the government is with people, they make it up as they go along.

"We have no idea why they are waiting until Tuesday for these measures to be brought in, our infection levels are really high now."

Liverpool's coronavirus infection rate is now above 100 cases per 100,000.

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Mayor Anderson added: "We've been predicting this was coming for the past few weeks as our levels rose, sadly too many people have not stuck to the rules.

"We can't afford any increases to those levels, so we are worried about this weekend and what people might do.

"My message to everyone is that this isn't someone else's problem, it is all of our problem - it could be your mum, dad or nan that gets ill.

"We also know that another full national lockdown is being considered by government if things get worse and this is something everyone should want to avoid."

The new measures for the city and the whole Merseyside region as well as Halton, Warrington and most of Lancashire are as follows:

Residents are also advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:

Announcing the new measures yesterday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We are seeing cases of coronavirus rise fast in Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Warrington, Halton and Wolverhampton. Local leaders in these areas have asked for stronger restrictions to be put in place to protect local people, and we are acting decisively to support them.

“I know these restrictions will make every-day life harder for many, but I know that residents will work together and respect the rules so we can reduce rates of transmission."

He added: “I urge local people to isolate and get a test if you have symptoms, follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace, and always remember ‘hands, face, space’. By sticking to these steps, we will get through this together.”

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A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson added: "These decisions have been made in close collaboration with local leaders, with many requesting restrictions to help prevent further increase

"Rates in Liverpool have increased to 100.6, with Warrington rising to 111.2, Oadby and Wigston rising to 145.5, and Wolverhampton increasing to 61.8 per 100,000 in the past week (5-11th Sept).

"These changes are in addition to the ‘Rule of six’ which was introduced nationwide on Monday, limiting the number of people who can gather indoors or outdoors to six. This rule is in place across the country and will sit alongside additional restrictions in some local areas."