There have been 53 new coronavirus cases and no COVID-related deaths in Greater Lincolnshire on Thursday, down from 63 cases and one death this time last week.

The government’s COVID-19 dashboard recorded 34 new cases in Lincolnshire, 12 in North Lincolnshire and seven in North East Lincolnshire.

On Thursday, no deaths were registered in North East Lincolnshire, -2 in Lincolnshire and -1 in North Lincolnshire. Fluctuations in data can occur for a variety of reasons including corrected data, misdiagnoses or wrong addresses. These figures include deaths both in and out of hospitals, as well as residents in hospitals outside the county.

NHS England has reported no new local hospital deaths on Thursday, the fourth day in a row this week.

National cases increased by 2,729 to 4,398,431, while deaths rose by 18 to 127,345.

In local news, the pace of COVID vaccinations in Lincolnshire has ramped up since April 11, with a further 41,242 doses administered until April 18.

Data released on Thursday shows altogether 549,522 jabs have taken place between December 8 and April 18 — a further 41,242 in the last week and a 3.3% increase on the 39,915 jabs given the week before.

Over 300 appointments will be available for coronavirus jabs at a Lincoln pharmacy next week, but they must be booked in advance.

Lincolnshire Co-op runs Newland Pharmacy, where a coronavirus vaccination centre opened in March that aims to administer 80 doses a day.

People in Mablethorpe say they are “in limbo” over when they will get their second COVID jabs, despite waiting over the recommended time.

Government guidance says everyone should be offered a second vaccine dose within 12 weeks of the first jab to be fully vaccinated against the virus.

Businesses in Lincolnshire will be able to claim up to £5,000 from City of Lincoln and West Lindsey District councils from next Monday in a bid to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is part of a £500,000 Business Revival Grant Fund given to councils, a scheme that is on top of previous funding such as the Restart Grants.

Here’s Greater Lincolnshire’s infection rate up to April 22:

Greater Lincolnshire’s infection rates from Apr 14 to Apr 21. | Data: Gov UK / Table: James Mayer for The Lincolnite

In national news, MPs have accused the government of a “missed opportunity” in failing to give more detailed plans on how Britons might be able to enjoy foreign holidays this summer.

Under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap for lifting lockdown restrictions, international travel won’t be allowed any earlier than May 17.

For some learner drivers the wait for a test is over as they resume in parts of the UK – but many have spoken about the difficulties in securing a test date.

Tests have been suspended due to COVID restrictions since January, but restart in England and Wales on Thursday.

Most centres are currently booked up until August, with a backlog of around 420,000 tests because of the pandemic.

Lincolnshire’s COVID cases up to April 22.


Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Thursday, April 22

Greater Lincolnshire includes Lincolnshire and the unitary authorities of North and North East (Northern) Lincolnshire.

59,201 cases (up 53)

  • 41,199 in Lincolnshire (up 34)
  • 9,361 in North Lincolnshire (up 12)
  • 8,641 in North East Lincolnshire (up seven)

2,184 deaths (down three)

  • 1,612 from Lincolnshire (down two)
  • 304 from North Lincolnshire (down one)
  • 268 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)

of which 1,303 hospital deaths (no change)

  • 811 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (no change)
  • 41 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 450 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (no change)

4,398,431 UK cases, 127,345 deaths

DATA SOURCE — FIGURES CORRECT AT THE TIME OF THE LATEST UPDATE. POSTCODE DATA INCLUDES DEATHS NOT IN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES OR IN HOSPITALS OUTSIDE AUTHORITY BOUNDARIES.

The pace of COVID vaccinations in Lincolnshire has ramped up since April 11, with a further 41,242 doses administered until April 18.

Data released on Thursday shows altogether 549,522 jabs have taken place between December 8 and April 18 — a further 41,242 in the last week and a 3.3% increase on the 39,915 jabs given the week before.

The latest figures show that some 431,320 Lincolnshire residents have received their first vaccine dose and 118,202 have been given their second.

Of those over the age of 45, a total of 359,557 have received their first vaccination and another 101,573 have had their second.

Some 71,763 people aged under 45 received their first dose, with a further 16,629 receiving a second jab so far. This includes those aged between 16 to 64 who are clinically vulnerable and at more risk of serious symptoms of coronavirus.

Office for National Statistics estimates put the total adult Lincolnshire population at 629,926, meaning that around 68.5% have now received their first jab.

This week, around 15% of Lincolnshire’s adult population was fully vaccinated against coronavirus with both doses, health bosses have said.

In North Lincolnshire, a total of 124,522 (30,488 second doses) vaccines have been distributed and 99,435 (19,010 second doses) have received a jab in North East Lincolnshire.

Over 300 appointments will be available for coronavirus jabs at a Lincoln pharmacy next week, but they must be booked in advance.

Lincolnshire Co-op runs Newland Pharmacy, where a coronavirus vaccination centre opened in March that aims to administer 80 doses a day.

Dozens of people in the Sikh community received their coronavirus vaccinations at the temple known as Guru Nanak Gurudwara in Scunthorpe on Sunday.

In national COVID vaccination news, Maggie Keenan, who made history when she became the first person in the world to receive an approved COVID-19 jab in December, has praised the hard work of “incredible” NHS staff in delivering the vaccination programme, during a Zoom call with NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens.

The 91-year-old grandmother also encouraged everyone to have their second doses of vaccine, as she was reunited with matron May Parsons, who delivered her first vaccine.

The full list of sites operating as vaccination hubs in Lincolnshire so far:

Hospital Hubs

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust 

  • Lincoln County Hospital
  • Boston Pilgrim Hospital

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

  • Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby
  • Scunthorpe General Hospital

Local community hubs

Lincolnshire

  • Louth Community Hospital
  • John Coupland Hospital, Gainsborough
  • Meres Leisure Centre, Grantham
  • Waddington Branch Surgery, South Lincoln
  • St Marys Medical Practice, Stamford
  • Franklin Hall, Spilsby
  • Sidings Medical Practice, Boston
  • Rustons Sports and Social Club, Lincoln
  • Portland Medical Practice, Lincoln
  • The Storehouse, Skegness
  • Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln
  • Springfields, Spalding
  • Marisco Medical Practice, Mablethorpe
  • Princess Royal Sports Arena, Boston

North Lincolnshire 

  • Cedar Medical Practice, Scunthorpe
  • Riverside Surgery, Brigg
  • South Axholme Practice, Epworth
  • The Central Surgery, Barton

North East Lincolnshire 

  • Beacon Medical Practice, Cleethorpes
  • Open Door, Grimsby
  • Pilgrim Primary Care Centre, Immingham
  • Scartho Medical Centre, Grimsby

Police are looking to find three men who were caught on CCTV robbing a convenience store in Grimsby.

At around 8.30pm on Wednesday, three men were seen heading towards the shop on Brereton Avenue, before entering and stealing various items.

Two of the men are reported to have threatened the shop worker with weapons before they stole from the store, and police are appealing to the public to help identify the suspects.

Police would like to speak to these three men about the incident. | Photo: Humberside Police

In the CCTV images, one of the men is seen to be grabbing the shop worker while another shouts and threatens them.

The shop worker was thankfully not injured, but was shaken by the incident.

The men told the shop worker they had weapons. | Photo: Humberside Police

Detective Inspector Kerry Bull at Humberside Police said: “The local policing team are in the area to provide reassurance and conduct further enquiries, and we would appeal for anyone who may be able to assist our investigation to get in touch or speak to these officers.”

Anyone who recognises the men or can help with the investigation is being asked to call 101 and quote incident 16/42933/21.

If you wish to stay anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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