Wirral has some of the most severely hit neighbourhoods in Merseyside, with dozens of Covid-19 cases concentrated in very small areas.

It is hoped that new rules, which limit household-mixing and force pubs and restaurants to shut at 10pm, will put a stop to the recent surge in cases in the borough.

Egerton Park has the most coronavirus cases of any neighbourhood in Wirral at 25.

The neighbourhood, located just south of Birkenhead and just north of Woodhey, was located in a cluster of areas which have seen the highest number of cases in Wirral.

The two next most affected neighbourhoods both border Egerton Park. Birkenhead South has 16 cases and Woodhey has 15.

In general, the east of the borough between Bidston and Bromborough contains nearly all of the worst hit areas in Wirral.

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The only neighbourhoods outside of that area with 10 or more cases are Wallasey Central and the combined area of Poulton, Raby Mere and Thornton Hough. Both areas currently have 10 infections.

Every neighbourhood in the west of the borough has between three and nine active coronavirus infections, apart from Heswall which has less than three cases.

To tackle the surge in cases across Merseyside and other parts of the North West, new rules come into effect today (Tuesday, September 22).

In Merseyside, Warrington, Halton and Lancashire (excluding Blackpool and Greater Manchester), the following restrictions are now in place:

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Residents are also advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:

Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance warned yesterday 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.

He said: "There's been an increase in cases across all age groups, in the ONS study 70,000 people in UK have covid infection, 6,000 per day are getting the infection, numbers are clearly increasing across all age groups, no doubt were in a situation where numbers are increasing.

"If that continues unabated and this grows doubling every seven days, by mid-october you would end up with 50,000 cases in the middle of October, leading to 200 plus deaths per day by middle of November, this is how quickly it can move.

"This requires speed and action, cases are increasing, hospitalisations are increasing, deaths are increasing and it's moving very fast.”