Scientists estimate the new Omicron variant could be twice as likely to re-infect people as coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire jumped 20% in November and 50% week-on-week.

The first real world data from the scientists in South Africa showed a surge in the number of people catching Covid multiple times. The initial research shows Omicron may evade some immunity.

Figures from earlier this week show that there were 19,687 cases in November, while 92 deaths were recorded, of which 42 were in hospital.

According to the Government figures, between September 30 and October 31 there were 16,447 cases, an increase of nearly 20%.

Since Wednesday, the latest COVID stats for Lincolnshire have been:

  • 2,329 new cases of coronavirus with 1,621 in Lincolnshire, 395 in North East Lincolnshire and 313 in North Lincolnshire.
  • 15 further deaths were recorded in the government figures, including 13 Lincolnshire residents, one North East Lincolnshire resident and one North Lincolnshire resident
  • One further hospital death at Lincolnshire Community Health Service

The figures leave the weekly totals at 3,501 cases, 19 deaths and 20 hospital deaths. Between November 21 and 26 there were 2,360 cases, a near 50% rise.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman has confirmed there are currently no plans to make vaccinations mandatory, according to Sky News.

They also denied separate lockdown measures for the unvaccinated in future.

“Our priority is to continue to promote vaccinations and promote boosters now that we are rolling out more and more boosters to more and more people.

“That is our priority, that’s our focus, and that’s what we’re asking people to come forward and take,” they said.

Greater Lincolnshire’s latest cases up to December 3. | Data:

NHS vaccination data released on Thursday revealed 1,383,648 doses COVID jabs had now been handed out in Lincolnshire.

Of those, 553,946 were second jabs – around 87.31% of the total 634,453 population of Lincolnshire.

The data added 37,330 new doses to the statistics. It included to 34,945 booster jabs being included bringing the total to 230,170.

The remaining 2,385 doses was nearly 58% fewer than the previous week’s 5,628 – however, the Lincolnshire Showground did close during several days last week.

Some 569,654 people over the age of 18, and 29,237 under 18s had received their first dose. Figures also showed that 17,781 first doses had been given to 12 to 15-year-olds in Lincolnshire – 53.8% of the eligible population.

A total of 551,003 over 18s and 2,943 under 18s have been double-dosed.

In North East Lincolnshire a total of 265,204 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 106,792 second doses and 41,981 booster jabs. 39.6% of 12 to 15-year-olds have been given at least one dose.

In North Lincolnshire, 302,142 doses have been handed out, with 119,010 being double-jabbed and 53,26 having a booster shot. 48.4% of the eligible 12 to 15-year-old population have been administered at least one shot.

Greater Lincolnshire’s latest vaccinations up to December 3. | Data:

A new study published in the Lancet has also shown that COVID booster shots dramatically strengthen immune defences dependent on which vaccine was given.

The UK-based Cov-Boost trial found those boosted with Pfizer after two doses of AstraZeneca had antibody levels nearly 25 times higher after a month.

Pfizer recipients saw antibody levels rose more than eightfold.

The biggest increase though was from the Moderna vaccine, which raised antibody levels 32-fold in the AstraZeneca group and 11-fold in the Pfizer group. When Moderna is used in the UK booster programme, it is given at a half-dose.

However, the scientists said that people started with different antibody levels and so also urged caution when comparing performance.

Elsewhere in the UK, the latest data from the Office for National Statistics said one-in-60 people in England were estimated to have had Covid in the week up to November 27. The figure was up from one in 65 the previous week.

England’s R Number, however, is estimated to be between 0.9 and 1.1 – down slightly from between 1 and 1.1 last week.

“We’re all tired but we’ve just got to keep going,” is the message from Lincolnshire’s health bosses as mask wearing appears to be in decline and COVID-19 fatigue further sets in.

It comes as there has been a noticeable decline in the number of people wearing face coverings, to protect both themselves and others by limiting transmission of the virus.

Many are sceptical of the government’s promise that Christmas will not be affected by the virus after last minute restrictions at the end of 2020.

Elsewhere, COVID-19 booster vaccinations are to be extended to people aged 18-39, and Lincolnshire’s NHS sector is gearing up to roll out to the next cohort.

NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group has announced it will be preparing to offer booster jabs to people between the ages of 18 and 39, but has asked for patience due to the large volume of requests it will get.

As well as the extended cohort for the booster vaccinations, the government has also announced a reduction from six months to three for the interval between second doses and boosters, eligibility for a second dose for 12 to 15-year-olds, and a fourth dose for immunosuppressed people if recommended by their clinical team.

Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Friday, December 3

159,961 (up 2,329)

  • 107,175 in Lincolnshire (up 1,621)
  • 25,690 in North Lincolnshire (up 395)
  • 27,096 in North East Lincolnshire (up 395)

2,515 deaths (up 15)

  • 1,840 from Lincolnshire (up 13)
  • 340 from North Lincolnshire (up one)
  • 335 from North East Lincolnshire (up one)

of which 1,505 hospital deaths (up one)

  • 929 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (up one)
  • 45 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (up one)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 530 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (no change)

A Lincolnshire Police officer has been summoned to court in connection with the assault of a man at the roadside on the A46 between Lincoln and Newark.

Eight months after tree surgeon Shane Price accused the officer of assaulting him, Lincolnshire Police said Jonathan Mellor, 52, of Lincoln has been summoned to court for an offence of common assault on May 26, 2021.

This matches the same date of the incident that was caught on a phone camera by a vehicle passenger on the A46.

After the incident Mr Mellor was removed from normal duties while a review and investigation by the force’s Professional Standards Department took place.

Below is the full uncensored recording The Lincolnite was sent shortly after the incident. We have not seen any footage from before or after the time of the recorded incident.

At the time Lincolnshire Police said they had arrested the man (Mr Price) on suspicion of possession of possessing a knife blade or sharply pointed article; and on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker.

He was later released under investigation, and it is not yet clear if police have questioned him again since.

On Friday, December 3 police confirmed that Mr Mellor will appear at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Thursday, December 23, 2021. The summons is in connection with the incident on May 26.

Police said: “As court proceedings are now active and ongoing, we ask people not to speculate about the case or what the final outcome will be.”

The incident was caught on camera

The video shows tree surgeon Shane after he said he saw a man driving in a black Ford allegedly obstructing the lane on the dual carriageway, whilst reportedly using his phone.

When the two of them pulled over and got out of the cars, he asked the officer why he’d taken a photo of him and his wife and about his driving.

The video shows him suddenly being punched in the face, having his foot stamped on despite telling the officer it had stitches in it from a chainsaw-related injury at work, before then being held on the ground.

Shane repeated several times he cannot breathe while the officer had him pinned down to the ground. The officer then released him and said hello to the camera.

In the days that followed the original incident, Lincolnshire Police said: “At around 9.20pm on Wednesday, May 26, a man in his 20s was arrested just off the A46, near Aubourn.

“He was arrested on suspicion of possessing a knife blade or sharply pointed article; and on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker. He has been released under investigation.

“Following this incident, an officer has been removed from normal duties while a review and investigation takes place by our Professional Standards Department. We will not be commenting further while this investigation takes place.”

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The Lincoln College Group held its annual awards, celebrating the achievements and success of its students in the past year.

The ceremony on December 2 was held at the Monks Road campus, with hundreds of students, staff and stakeholders enjoying a three-course meal and entertainment from the Performing Arts students.

Thirty student success and determination stories were celebrated on the night, with Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Chris Haward being the guest of honour at the ceremony.

Lincoln College Group CEO Gary Headland opening the evening and addressing guests. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Hundreds attended the evening to celebrate. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

At the drinks reception, Daniel Ionescu, Editor of The Lincolnite (centre), with Julian Havenhand (L), Simon Shaw (R) from Optima, and Stonebow Media Partnerships Manager Katrina Burrill.| Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Lincolnite/Stonebow Media team sponsored the event and got into the festive spirit. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Lincoln Police Chief Constable Chris Haward was the guest of honour and held a speech about the importance of education. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

James Pinchbeck, Chair of the Lincoln College Group Board of Corporation, wrapped the night. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Mark Locking, the Managing Director for Education and Training Delivery at Lincoln College Group handed out the awards.

| Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

| Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

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| Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Full list of winners:

  1. Performing Arts and Creative Arts category – Jack Shaw
  2. Construction Apprentice Award – Paulius Rafanavicius 
  3. Construction Student Award – Oscar McLaren
  4. A-Levels and Access to HE Award – Tye Kirk
  5. Care College Student Award – Chris Charumbira
  6. Care Services Apprentice Award – Rachel Kelman
  7. Care Services Student Award – Sophie Blackburn
  8. Business and Education Apprentice Award – Gillian Macias
  9. Business and Education Student Award – Shane Dale
  10. English and Maths award – Andrew Thursby
  11. Hair and Beauty Student award – Gemma Cotterill
  12. Hair and Beauty Apprentice of the year – Lucy Sprigg
  13. Engineering and Technology Student Award – Georgia Davey
  14. Engineering and Technology Apprentice Award – Osvaldas Milasius
  15. Sport, Public Service or Animal Care Performance Award – Charlotte Johnson
  16. Commitment to Sport, Public Services or Animal Care Award – Kyle Storer
  17. Award for Community Education and ESOL – Toni Kime
  18. Service Sector Student Award – Jack Fairweather
  19. Service Sector Apprentice Award – Rhiannon Gillings
  20. Philip Dawson Foundation Learning Award – Ellie Kennedy 
  21. Made in Gainsborough Apprentice Award – Philip Brackenbridge
  22. Air and Defence Student Award – Faith Stephens
  23. Policing College awards – Lochlan Chamberlain and Dominic Capewell
  24. Richard Arbon Award for Overcoming Adversity – Daisy Hackney
  25. Most Improved Student Award Ben Craig
  26. Apprentice of the Year – Rachel Kelman
  27. 16-to-18-year-old Student of the Year Award – Shane Dale
  28. Over 19 Student of the Year Award – Andrew Thursby
  29. KryptoKloud Award for Digital Learner if the Year – Megan Thompson
  30. Entrepreneurial Achievement Award – Kerry Gabbitas

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