Halton has been named as one of the areas most at risk from coronavirus in the country.

A new report has compared prevalence of Covid-19 on a local level with several other indicators, to see which areas are likely to be the most affected by the crisis in the long term.

The figures, which come from the Centre for Progressive Policy, suggest that Halton is likely to come out of this pandemic worse off than most of the rest of England.

Covid – 19 reported cases in Chester & Cheshire West care homes at 59% of residents. In Warrington 60% of residents and Knowsley 63%. No facts for Halton obtained.

Pandemic report 26 June 2020

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 were compared with healthy life expectancy, the size of the older population, the usual rate of death from treatable conditions, and the quality of care available.

The UK’s top health leaders have written to all political parties asking them to work together to ensure the country is ready to contain a second phase of coronavirus as Brexit approaches.

The experts – who include presidents of the Royal College of Physicians, Surgeons, GPs and Nursing, and the chair of the British Medical Association – ask for a review of the first stage of the pandemic to learn lessons including why black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities have borne a “disproportionate burden”.

They also ask for better parliamentary scrutiny and involvement of regional and local leaders and more international collaboration, to mitigate any new difficulties in pandemic management due to Brexit.

In an open letter published on the British Medical Journal website, the leaders warn that “local flareups are increasingly likely and a second wave a real risk”. They say “substantial challenges remain” despite many elements of the infrastructure needed to contain the virus “beginning” to be put in place.

The job now is not only to deal urgently with the wide-ranging impacts of the first phase of the pandemic, but to ensure the country is adequately prepared to contain a second phase.

A review into the UK’s handling of Covid-19 so far is crucial and needs to happen soon if the public is to have confidence that the virus can be contained.