Coronavirus updates after PPE haul seized

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Tributes were paid to a popular market trader as more reports of people exploiting the crisis situation emerged.

Drug bosses are believed to be encouraging customers to come to Merseyside rather than sending couriers across the country.

Meanwhile, in Wirral police seized a stash of face masks and a man has now been charged with theft by employee.

There have were a further 14 coronavirus deaths across the region's hospitals on Friday as numbers continue to remain low.

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Liverpool's main University Hospitals Trust recorded just one new death in yesterday's NHS update, bringing some hope that the city may be through the worst of this part of the pandemic.

The extra death means the Trust has now experienced 314 Covid-19 deaths.

The smaller city Trusts of the Heart and Chest Hospital and the Walton Centre both registered no new deaths today and remain on 16 and 5 respectively.

Alder Hey Children's Hospital is also caring for a small number of adults during the crisis – it has recorded four adult deaths so far, with that total not added to today.

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Man to appear in court over PPE haul

A man accused of steal face mask and PPE from his workplace has been named by police.

Gary Edwards will appear in court on Saturday charged with theft by employee after a quantity of personal protective equipment was found inside a house.

Read the full story here.

Tributes to St John's Market legend

A much-loved Liverpool market is mourning the passing of one of its longest serving traders.

Ken Kayani lost his fight with coronavirus just weeks after losing his beloved wife to the virus.

The 73-year-old had run his Power Pack stall at St John’s Market for the last 40 years, commuting each day from his family home in Manchester.

You can read the full tribute here.

Drug gangs breaking lockdown to stock up

The pandemic is affecting everyone – including top level drug dealers.

The ECHO’s Joe Thomas reports that crime bosses no longer want to dispatch their own couriers to smaller towns across the country because of the risks involved.

Instead cross-country customers are trying to sneak into Merseyside to collect/.

Read the full story here.