Fri. Jul 23rd, 2021

Coronavirus case rates remain varied across Merseyside but certain boroughs have a more worrying rate than others.

Certain ‘hot spots’ are being highlighted for having more than 800 cases per 100,000 people, which is way higher than the national and regional average.

Norris Green East currently has a case rate of 846.5 per 100,000 – the highest in Liverpool.

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At the moment, coronavirus case have risen in every part of the Liverpool city region, apart from Liverpool.

Even given that the rates are high across the board, Norris Green has a particularly concerning rates.

For comparison, neighbouring boroughs Fazakerley and Croxteth Park have rates of 460 and 426 per 100,000 respectively.

Despite this residents remain divided on whether restrictions should be lifted on ‘Freedom Day’ on Monday, July 19.

The ECHO went out to Norris Green this week to speak to locals about whether they think lifting restrictions is a good or bad thing.

Many residents couldn’t contain their excitement and our reporter caught a woman who was counting up to three on her fingers walking down the street, she said: “I’m really excited about freedom day and I can’t wait.”

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Holding up her mask she said: “I don’t know if you seen me but I went like that then with my fingers, I was counting three days left before I can dump this. So yeah, I’m really excited. “

Another woman said: “I am looking forward to restrictions to be lifted and I think it’s a good time to do it.”

Others were worried about their own safety and the health of their friends and family.

One woman said: “It’s too soon to do it, still a bit nervous. I think you should be able to keep your mask on, it has not gone away. It’s still a little bit scary.”

Some are still on the fence and can’t make their mind up whether it’s a good time for restrictions to be lifted.

A man told the ECHO: “I think people still need to be cautious, especially with it being only early doors.

“I think it’s getting there like there’s a big improvement on it like but I’m still like 50/50 with it whether it’s the right thing to do.”

While another woman said: “I think half of it is good but I’m still unsure because everyone I speak to at the moment, someone they know or a relative has got covid.

“So I’m thinking, it feels like more people have got it now than they did last year when we were locked down. So I can’t work it out I’m so confused with everything that’s going on to be honest.”

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A man said: “I think it’s too soon myself when you see how many people are still getting it.”

Masks was also a hot topic of conversation, one man said: “I agree with keeping the masks on, you’ve still got to respect other peoples feelings.

“I agree with lifting most restrictions because of course people do need to get back to work and get earning money but at the same time you’ve still got to be cautious and keep safe.

“If people get the vaccine and stuff then it can just be treated like a normal flu.”

A man said: “I think it’s time to start living again, I think enough is enough.”

When prompted about whether he though masks should be kept he added: “I think everyone has played by the rules and it’s basically got us nowhere so I think it’s just time to start living again.

A mum added: “I’m actually looking forward to freedom day, I’ve had enough of it now.

“I think it’s never going to go away, if you’re going to catch it you’re going to catch it.

“I mean, some people want to keep their masks on that’s their decision but my choice is going to be to not wear them.”

She added: “[I want] everything to try an go back to as normal as possible.

“My daughter has isolated up to five times since she has been back at school and I don’t think it’s fair on her.

“She has missed a lot of school, she has missed her friends and has just been very confused.”

While some believed that ‘freedom day’ isn’t forever and there will be more lockdowns on the horizon.

A young woman said: “I just think when the time does come everyone is getting their hopes up for something that is probably just going to let us down again.

“Because we’re going to enjoy freedom day for maybe a couple of weeks and then something else is going to come out and they’ll say ‘oh no you need [lockdown] again.”

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