The council presidents have called for another national lockdown to contain the new strain of Covid-19 and prevent a “catastrophe”.
Incumbent Mayor of Liverpool, Councilor Wendy Simon, and Labor City Council cabinet say the rate of surge in coronavirus cases caused by the virulent new strain has reached “alarming proportions” and is now urgently needed are there to save lives and lives NHS.
The new strain of Covid-19 transmits faster and is most prevalent in London and the South East, where hospitals are congested.
The tribe is believed to spread south to north, creating increasing pressure on the NHS.
Cases in Liverpool nearly tripled to 350 per 100,000 in the past two weeks, despite the city successfully leading the national pilot for community testing, making it the first city to move from Tier 3 to Tier 2 has been.
The call for a new lockdown was made in a city council statement by Cllr Wendy Simon and Cabinet Member for Public Health Cllr Paul Brant.
The current mayor of the city, Joe Anderson, is on bail with the police on suspicion of conspiracy to bribe and intimidate witnesses.
The statement said: “It is clear that the country is now at a crossroads with Covid-19.
“The dire reality is that this virulent new virus strain is very much on the rise today and we must act now to prevent a crisis that will cause even more pain and fear.
“We need the government to listen to the frontline workers, both in our hospitals and in the frontline services.
“We as a nation can cope with a lockdown. We have before and we can again. The faster we move in one now, the more lives will be saved and the faster a recovery will be.
“Yes, there will be pain for our retail and hospitality sectors, but they want long-term security and a strong recovery, and lockdown offers both.
“An additional package of welfare and economic support will also be needed, particularly to protect the most vulnerable.”
City councils said it was “natural” that the animal system was not working to contain the virus.
They added: “London prices are a cause for concern and we will see these prices here and in the rest of the country soon.
“Let’s get ahead of the curve and act now. We all know too well the dire consequences and costs of not doing this, especially for those most at risk in our communities.
“Millions of Britons have made many sacrifices in the last 10 months and none of us want these efforts to be in vain. Great strides have been made in limiting the virus, but we can only do as much as individuals can.
“The country is currently facing a catastrophe that will undo much of what has been achieved if we do not act as a unit.”
A government spokeswoman said, “We stepped up our operations two weeks ago with the introduction of Tier 4 based on advice from Sage (Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies). It is important that everyone continue to follow the rules to reduce transmission in their areas, save lives, and protect our NHS.
“We will constantly review the spread of Covid-19 based on the latest medical and scientific data and have made it clear that we will not hesitate to take the necessary steps to protect local communities.