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STREETS: Liverpool’s roadmap plans

 
Deaths from Covid-19 fell for the fifth week in a row at the start of March as the virus continues to retreat across the Liverpool City Region.
 
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show 49 people died of Covid-19 in the city region during the week up to March 5. This was the lowest weekly figure recorded in the region since Christmas and a further fall from the 78 deaths seen in the previous week. It is also a big reduction from the peak of third wave deaths at the end of January when more than 300 people died in a single week.
 
However, not every borough saw its weekly death toll fall during the week. Sefton recorded 12 deaths, the same number as the previous week, while Liverpool and Wirral saw their weekly death tolls fall by just one.
 
As cases of Covid-19 continue to fall across the city region and the vaccine provides extra protection against the virus, deaths should also keep falling.
 
But since the first recorded Covid deaths in March last year, a total of 4,457 people have died of the virus in the city region. A third of those, 1,490 deaths, have come in 2021.
 
Liverpool to mark one year since England's first lockdown began with a series of tributes. Tuesday 23 March is being recognised across the country as a day of reflection after such a challenging year.  In the city, a one-minute silence will be observed at midday and immediately after the silence, a special event called Liverpool Together, will be simulcast on radio and online.
 
The Government has announced that Liverpool will be part of a programme which paves the way for big crowds to attend events this summer.
 
The city – world-famous for cultural events – will stage a series of test events across music, comedy, outdoor performance and business which will form part of a science-led Events Research Programme.
 
The ERP will be used to provide key scientific data into how small and large-scale events could be permitted to safely reopen in line with the Prime Minister's Roadmap out of lockdown as part of Step 4, commencing no earlier than June 21.
 
This review will be crucial to how venues – from major sport stadiums to comedy clubs, theatres to live music spaces, wedding venues to conference centres – could operate this summer.


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