‘We should stay behind neighbouring counties,’ says public health director
Lincolnshire should stay behind Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire on coronavirus cases, says the county’s public health chief.
Derek Ward said the neighbouring county’s are currently double the number recorded in Lincolnshire.
As of Sunday, Leicestershire had 141 cases, Nottinghamshire 193 and Derbyshire 210.
Mr Ward said the county has seen a doubling since last week when there were 32 cases, but is still behind its neighbours.
“On that assumption, we should stay behind them,” he said.
Meanwhile, over the weekend the govenrment’s deputy medical officer said the county could face six months of lockdown.
Jenny Harries said the UK could see extended periods of restrictions on movement for months to come.
It comes as officials came under pressure to test more NHS frontline staff.
Mr Ward said hat national guidance should also see more health staff tested for COVID-19.
“I’m expecting that we will see an increase,” he said.
“The more staff that we can test, then we can confirm whether they have got it or they haven’t got it.”
The number of cases across the region currently stands at 101:
- 72 in Lincolnshire
- 16 in North East Lincolnshire
- 13 in North Lincolnshire
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus deaths in Lincolnshire has increased to six.
As of Sunday afternoon, the number of confirmed cases across the UK stood at 19,522, while the death toll was 1,228.