Omicron detected in the West Midlands
Cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have now been confirmed in the West Midlands. Sandwell Council said the infection was detected early, so those infected were already self-isolating before the variant was confirmed. Cases have also been detected in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Telford.
Prime Minister calls for a review into the sentences of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ killers
Boris Johnson has called for a review into the sentences of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ killers. He says this should be completed “as a matter of urgency” and paid condolences to the boys family. A review is also taking place to see what improvements are needed by authorities which came into contact with Arthur prior to his murder.
Number of homeless deaths in Birmingham almost twice as high as the national average
Figures have been released which show that 21 homeless people died on the streets of Birmingham in 2020. The rate of death among homeless people in Birmingham is almost twice as high as the national average, with 159 estimated deaths between 2013 and 2020.
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