The region of Liverpool is set to be the first area for a circuit breaker total lockdown
In the last seven days, there have been 1,306 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Merseyside which is up from 577 the previous week.
A circuit-breaker could involve the closure of pubs and restaurants and a ban on people from different households mixing.
Liverpool’s mayor Joe Anderson said the outbreak will continue to grow if restrictions remain the same.
He said it was “only a matter of days” before the circuit-breaker was introduced.
Mr Anderson: “For me it is only a matter of time, because the virus isn’t able to be controlled in the city with the restrictions we have now.
“We need a ‘circuit-breaker’ or stricter lock down to try stop the virus spreading.
“If we can have the severest measures of lockdown now we may arrest the increase and start to bring it down by the end of October, so that in the lead up to Christmas we can get some normality.”
A senior Labour MP also said that an announcement on stricter measures for Merseyside would be coming soon.
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