WIRRAL has been placed on the government's coronavirus watch list along with the whole of Merseyside, it has been confirmed.

The borough, along with Sefton, Knowsley and St Helens has been added to Public Health England's coronavirus danger list because of spiralling infection rates.

Public Health England confirmed 200 positive Wirral cases of the virus in the seven days up to September 7.

It means the most recent weekly infection rate for the borough is now 61.7 per 100,00 people - almost double the 32.4 rate recorded for the the previous seven days.

Two weeks earlier, the confirmed rate of new cases in the borough was 59. Less than a month ago, the weekly rate was confirmed on August 18 to be as 15 cases.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: Over the past week we have seen a rapid increase in Coronavirus cases across the Liverpool City Region. 

"We are not yet at the stage of having extra restrictions imposed on us - as other areas have - but, if we continue on our current trajectory, it will become a case of when, not if this happens.  

"There is still time for us to stop that happening – but doing so depends on us and what we choose to do. I am working hard with our local councils and other partners to do everything in our power to keep the spread of the virus under control, but we cannot do that without your help. 

"Every day I am exceptionally proud to lead a region as kind, friendly and community-spirited as ours.

"We now need to stick to those principles and make sure that we look out for one another.

"Washing your hands, wearing a face covering and keeping to social distancing has never been more important.

"So please follow the advice and act responsibly to help keep yourself and others safe, and help us slow the spread of this disease."