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Coronavirus 'hope' as £1m lab testing 1,300 patients starts work in Liverpool
University of Liverpool researchers working to fight ' greatest pathogenic threat to humanity for over 100 years'

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A professor says “there is hope” as a state of the art £1million laboratory to fight coronavirus starts work at the University of Liverpool .
Researchers at the university describe the coronavirus pandemic as “the greatest pathogenic threat to humanity for over 100 years.”

But millions in funding has been provided following the Government’s so called Rapid Response Call, urging the medical sector to find ways of tackling Covid-19.
So far in the UK, 281 people have died of coronavirus and there have been 5,061 confirmed infections - although as testing is not widespread the true rate is considered to be many times higher.
After the call from the Department of Health and Social Care, the Medical Research Council made £20million available to scientists working to tackle the disease.

Liverpool university received £5million jointly alongside the University of Edinburgh and Imperial College London to examine Covid-19 and its effects on the body.

The grant includes £1 million funding to establish and run the Outbreak Laboratory in Liverpool.

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Calum Semple, Professor of Outbreak Medicine at the University of Liverpool, said: “The Outbreak Lab is a unique UK national resource enabling collection, distribution and analysis of thousands of specimens at high containment levels to ensure public safety.
“This coronavirus pandemic is the greatest pathogenic threat to humanity for over 100 years.
“Not since 1918 have we seen such an impact on global society, but there is hope because for the first time, the world’s scientific community is cooperating to combat this disease.”
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Professor Semple has assembled a team of specially trained scientists and technicians who will work in Liverpool’s high-level Biological Safety Laboratories

The team will collect samples and data from 1,300 Covid-19 patients in the UK.
The university says results will provide real-time information about the coronavirus, and the disease it causes, which should help to control the outbreak and improve treatment for patients.

(From Liverpool Echo )


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Dec 19, 2016
This seems very unfair, certainly the government is not helping the city region transportation during these difficult times.

Fears for future of Merseyrail as pandemic hits finances hard
Without government funding, services could be reduced
Merseyrail Moorfields train station. Photo by Colin Lane

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Cuts could be forced on Merseyrail and other transport routes if the government doesn't provide funding to support them, Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has warned.
Merseyrail's finances have been hit hard by the pandemic, with revenue cut drastically as lockdown measures meaning its services are only transporting a small fraction of its normal customers.

Social distancing measures mean capacity on trains will be reduced for a significant period, limiting any chance for a rebound financially.
The government has announced support for bus and other local transport services to help them cope with the effects of the pandemic and is in negotiations with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority over financial support for Merseyrail.

While rail transport systems in many other cities have benefited from direct funding from the Department for Transport in recent months, Liverpool has not.
A support fund announced earlier this year covered light rail systems in Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham and Sheffield but because Merseyrail operates a heavy rail system it was not eligible.

Transport for London received a separate £1.6 billion bailout.
Appearing virtually before Parliament’s Transport Select Committee, Metro Mayor Rotheram said that while Merseyrail and other operators had managed to sustain services so far, the long term financial impact would mean cuts to services would need to be considered if the government doesn't provide “significant, flexible and long term funding”.

He said: “I have been doing everything within my power to protect people’s safety while keeping the region moving but this crisis has exposed the problems with the way our country does public transport.
“The status quo is unsustainable for local transport. Without significant support from central government, many authorities will be forced to make cuts which will seriously damage our economic recovery.”
Metro Mayor Rotheram also appealed for the government to send grants and financial support for transport directly to metro mayors and combined authorities, saying they could use the money to more effectively link up services between different modes of transport.

(from Liverpool Echo )


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Dec 19, 2016
Fit-out begins at £35m Royal College of Physicians HQ
Last updated Jun 22, 2020

Known ‘The Spine’, the 160,000 sq ft development is one of the flagship projects in the Liverpool’s £2bn Knowledge Quarter and will house the RCP’s northern headquarters. Tony McDonough reports
The Spine
Image of how The Spine will look inside

Fit-out work has started on the new £35m Royal College of Physicians (RCP) northern headquarters in Liverpool’s Paddington Village.
Known ‘The Spine’, the 160,000 sq ft development, one of the flagship projects in the city’s £2bn Knowledge Quarter, was ‘topped out’ in January and now work is to begin getting the building ready for occultation by the RCP.
Designed by architects AHR, it is claimed The Spine will be one of the healthiest workspaces for mental health and physical wellbeing in the UK and will offer the first grade A office development in the city centre for a decade.
The RCP will occupy 70,000 sq ft across seven floors while the remaining seven floors will offer workspaces aimed at companies and organisations in the health, technology, science and education sectors.
A dedicated exhibition space on the first floor will connect via a staircase to a ground floor café and foyer, while the higher floors, which are 11,550 sq ft, will enjoy some of the best views of the city thanks to floor-to-ceiling glazing throughout.
CBRE’s North West building consultancy and project management team and fit-out specialist Overbury, have now started fit-out works on the RCP space. CBRE was appointed by the RCP in 2018 to advise on city and site location for the its new regional Hub.
CBRE is responsible for the delivery of the complex and high specification fit out, which is due to complete in spring 2021. The team has negotiated a fit-out contract with Overbury on an open book basis and site set up works have subsequently started on-site.
RCP at The Spine will provide world-class facilities for medical examinations and assessments, educational courses and conferences, an exhibition space and office areas for RCP staff.
It will be built according to principles established in the WELL Standard, the premier standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that support and advance human health and wellness.
The Spine
Topping out ceremony for The Spine in January 2020

It comprises of seven concepts – air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. These concepts incorporate a total of 102 features of a building that can be designed to optimise the health of the occupants of the building and create an environment to promote a healthy and happy workforce.
Oliver Thomas, senior director and head of the northern building consultancy team, said: “The development responds to the need for more education and research in northern England, Scotland, north Wales and Northern Ireland and upholds the RCP’s strategic vision to benefit members, fellows and partners in its commitment to improve patient care in the UK and internationally.
“Despite the challenges resulting from COVID-19 we have ensured that the project can proceed safely and on target for its spring 2021 completion. The fit out already had Wellness at the heart of the design, optimised for RCP’s workforce and we haven’t had to change the design as a result of COVID-19.”

(From LBN )
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