Another school has been hit by Covid-19, joining more than 30 across Merseyside which have had to deal with virus cases.

Gayton Primary School in Heswall, Wirral, has had one child test positive for coronavirus. It is understood that Year 1 pupils have been instructed to not go into school today.

As well as Gayton, at least 32 other schools in Merseyside have had cases of coronavirus, with many asking classes or whole year groups to self-isolate in order to stop the spread of the virus. Several Wirral schools form part of this figure.

All the Wirral schools confirmed to have been hit by coronavirus cases:

Wirral’s pubs have also been affected by coronavirus cases.

On Tuesday of last week, a staff member at The Hooton Arms in Eastham became infected with the virus.

The Blind Pig in Heswall was closed on September 13 and September 14 after one of its customers tested positive for the virus and Andre’s Restaurant in West Kirby has had to close for over a week after a waiter, who had taken time off a couple of weeks ago, tested positive for Covid-19.

This comes after a nightmare period for pubs in the borough two weeks ago, when Sheridans in Wallasey became the fifth pub to shut down due to one or more Covid-19 cases within a week.

Wirral is currently seeing a surge in coronavirus cases. Between September 8 and September 14, 330 Covid-19 cases were recorded at a rate of over 100 per 100,000 people.

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Tomorrow, new restrictions for Wirral, Merseyside and other parts of the North West which limit household-mixing and force pubs and restaurants to shut at 10pm come into force.

Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance warned earlier today that the UK could see 50,000 Covid-19 cases a day by mid-October if action is not taken to stem the tide of rising case numbers.