NEWS ROUNDUP: Shielding error & Covid fines
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The Liverpool City Region suffered just eight deaths from Covid-19 in the second full week of April, new figures have shown. Although a slight increase on the previous week, the eight deaths recorded in the week up to April 16 are just a fraction of the number seen at the end of January when weekly deaths peaked at 301. Halton and Wirral both recorded no deaths from Covid-19 during the week while Liverpool recorded three, more than any other borough.
NHS figures show that thousands of vulnerable people in Wirral were not told to shield until well after lockdown began last year. Across Wirral, 9,085 were on the shielding list by April 12, 2020, but after local doctors reviewed the data they found 15,010 people should have been told to shield.
An analysis of lockdown cases dealt with by Merseyside magistrates' courts in behind-closed-doors hearings last year shows the amount a defendant was fined could depend more on the day their case was heard than on what they had actually done. In one case, a teenager was fined more than three times as much as another teen that he had been arrested alongside because his case happened to be heard on a different day.
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