Hospitals in Liverpool are now treating more coronavirus patients than they did in the peak of the first wave, an NHS trust director has said.

Dr Tristan Cope, who is medical director at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust, tweeted that they were now seeing more cases of the virus than in April, with the numbers ‘continuing to rise’.

He went on to urge people to keep social distancing across the region, as he emphasised how the influx of patients is putting a ‘huge strain’ on members of staff.

Dr Cope said:’ Treating so many covid patients in addition to usual acute and emergency care of patients with non-covid conditions puts a huge strain on [hospital] staff.

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‘Thank you to all our staff for their incredible hard work and dedication in dealing with this very difficult situation.

‘We can all help reduce that pressure by doing the right thing and taking some very simple measures: washing our hands frequently, keeping our distance from others from outside our household and wearing face coverings in indoor settings.’

Dianne Brown, chief nurse at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust, also echoed Dr Cope’s words, as she thanked staff for doing an ‘amazing job’.

She wrote online: ‘As covid rates [in Liverpool University Hospitals] exceed the number back in April, we need to recognise the impact this is having on our staff. Thank you to each and everyone of you, it is mentally, physically and emotionally exhausting – you are doing an amazing job.’

Liverpool currently has the third highest transmission rate in the UK, behind Knowsley and Nottingham, with 593.6 infections per 100,000 people, recently down from 691.7.

The Liverpool City Region, which also includes Wirral, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Halton, became the first area to be plunged into tier three restrictions on October 14.

The rules mean residents are now only able to mix with their household or support bubbles across all settings, but can still go to school or work, if their job can’t be done at home.

During this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Boris Johnson insisted that the restrictions were ‘making progress’ in the region, and confirmed the measures would be reviewed after 28 days.

This means the area is unlikely to come out of tier three until at least November 11.

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