There have been 845 COVID cases recorded in Greater Lincolnshire on Thursday, as the UK passed 52,000 daily for the first time since July.

NHS vaccination data released on Thursday revealed that 1,131,705 doses COVID jabs had now been handed out in Lincolnshire. Of those, 545,844 were second jabs – around 86% of the total 634,453 population of Lincolnshire.

Nationally, a further 52,009 cases have been reported in the UK – the first time above 50,000 since mid-July and meaning there have been nine consecutive days of more than 40,000 cases. A further 115 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive test.

The latest COVID stats for Lincolnshire are:

  • 845 new cases of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire with 663 in Lincolnshire, 99 in North East Lincolnshire and 83 in North Lincolnshire.
  • Five deaths were recorded in the government figures with four in Lincolnshire and one in North East Lincolnshire.
  • Hospital data showed three furthers death at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust.

NHS vaccination data showed 5,340 doses given out in the past week, 1.14% doses fewer than the previous week’s 5,402.

Some 567,458 people over the age of 18, and 18,403 under 18s have received their first dose, while 544,271 over 18s and 1,573 under 18s were double-dosed.

In North East Lincolnshire a total of 217,641 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 104,865 second doses.

In North Lincolnshire, 243,725 doses have been handed out, with 117,277 being double-jabbed.

Lincolnshire’s coronavirus cases up to October 21. | Image:

Prime Minister Boris Johnson this afternoon said the UK was in a “much better position” than last year but added the country must “fortify” further.

“The most important thing people can do is just get that booster jab – when you get the call, get the jab,” he said during a visit to Armagh.

“The numbers are high, we see can see what’s happening, we can see the increase, now is the time to get those booster jabs, and to vaccinate the 12-15 year olds as well.”

He said the government was “sticking with our plan” among calls to move to Plan B – which would include mandatory face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces.

To find out more about where you can get your booster jab and who’s eligible. Click here.

Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Thursday, October 21

131,118 cases (up 845)

  • 87,049 in Lincolnshire (up 663)
  • 21,493 in North Lincolnshire (up 83)
  • 22,576 in North East Lincolnshire (up 99)

2,384 deaths (up five)

  • 1,742 from Lincolnshire (up four)
  • 328 from North Lincolnshire (up one)
  • 314 from North East Lincolnshire (up one)

of which 1,433 hospital deaths (up three)

  • 879 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (up three)
  • 44 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 509 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (up one)

Lincoln City goalkeeper Sam Long has joined non-league side Gainsborough Trinity on loan until January.

Long, 18, is an academy graduate at the Imps and made his competitive City debut in the 3-2 Papa John’s Trophy win over Manchester United U21s in August.

He has gone on to feature in two more cup appearances, keeping a clean sheet in the 3-0 win at Bradford City, and will now get the opportunity for more first team action at Gainsborough Trinity.

Sam will join fellow Imps teenagers Hayden Cann and Jovon Makama on loan at the Northern Premier League side, managed by former Lincoln City under-18s coach Tom Shaw.

His temporary departure has been facilitated by the loan signings of Josh Griffiths and Archie Mair this summer, meaning that there is now adequate cover for Sam Long to get minutes elsewhere and further his development.

Director of football Jez George said: “As we’ve said previously, we always intended Sam to go out on loan this season so that he can experience men’s football and play regularly.

“It was fantastic for Sam to make his first team debut, play in all three of this season’s Papa John’s Trophy group matches and experience the first team matchday environment over the past 10 months, but now that Archie Mair has joined us on loan from Norwich it enables Sam to get a run of games at a challenging level.

“We will review the arrangement in January and then decide what is best for Sam’s ongoing development for the remainder of the season.”

By Local Democracy Reporter

The pace of construction for the new cinema and market hall is causing concern in the council.

The £27million project to rejuvenate Grimsby’s town centre is set for completion in 2025.

Almost one year since North East Lincolnshire was granted money from the Future High Streets Fund, the project is currently in legal and early design phase.

Demolition of the Old Market Place, Bull Ring Lane and the former BHS could begin by late next year if planning permission is given.

North East Lincolnshire Council leader Councillor Philip Jackson told a special cabinet meeting it is important to deliver the change quickly.

“This is a complicated project which involves an existing commercial site. It will play an important role in diversifying the offering in town centre, with people coming for leisure rather than just retail,” Councillor Jackson said.

“I am a little concerned about the plan that construction won’t be completed until the first quarter of 2025.

“I like to think we can maintain pressure on this. We need to be seeing progress in town centre as soon as possible, and deliver the redevelopment and footfall that the public is hoping for.

“We will be regularly meeting with officers to ensure that we keep the pressure on.”

The government granted £17million for the regeneration project on Boxing Day 2020. Freshney Place and the council will each contribute an additional £5million.

Councillor Stewart Swinburn said: “It is coming up to first anniversary of the council receiving the funding. People want to see us getting on with it, and I hope we can do that a little bit faster.

“The planning stage isn’t due to start until the second quater of 2022 – could that be brought forward? The council could have moved faster on that while legal agreements were taking place.”

Councillor Callum Procter added: “It is important to see spades in the ground as soon as possible.”

A provisional agreement has been reached with a cinema operator, a Cabinet report says, although they haven’t been revealed yet.

Quarterbridge, a specialist firm in market development, have been brought on board the project.

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