Lockdown Week 2 Day 7: 36 Lincolnshire coronavirus deaths, 346 local cases, 47,806 in the UK, 4,934 deaths

Follow the latest coronavirus lockdown updates from Lincoln and Lincolnshire on our week 3 liveblog here.

346 coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire

  • 252 in Lincolnshire (up from 223)
  • 51 in North Lincolnshire (up from 43)
  • 43 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 36)

36 COVID-19 deaths in Greater Lincolnshire

  • 24 in Lincolnshire (3 new)
  • 12 in Northern Lincolnshire (1 new)

47,806 UK cases, 4,934 deaths



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30th March 2020 9:15am

‘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.

30th March 2020 9:51am

First details of northern Lincolnshire coronavirus deaths

Health bosses in northern Lincolnshire have given an update on three coronavirus deaths in the region.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Scunthorpe and Grimsby hospitals, said the patients had underlying health conditions.

A spokesperson for NLaG said: “Sadly I can confirm that three patients who were being cared for at the Trust, and had tested positive for COVID-19 have died. 

 “All patients were being treated for serious underlying health conditions and were aged over 65. Our thoughts and condolences are with their families at this difficult and distressing time.

“We will not be commenting further.”

Currently, there are 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North East Lincolnshire and 13 in North Lincolnshire.

30th March 2020 2:17pm

Four more deaths in Wales and six in Scotland

Four more patients who tested positive for coronavirus have died in Wales, taking the total death toll to 62.

Meanwhile, six more people have died in Scotland bringing the total to 47.

Northern Ireland’s death toll has risen by one to 22.

Figures for England will be released by NHS England later this afternoon.

30th March 2020 2:31pm

17 rough sleepers with complex needs identified in Lincoln

City of Lincoln Council has offered accommodation to 17 rough sleepers following a government appeal to house them by the weekend.

Local authorities across Greater Lincolnshire were urged to do everything they can to “get everyone in” amid the coronavirus crisis.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government sent a letter to homelessness managers and rough sleeping co-ordinators across the country last Thursday (March 26).

Read the full story

30th March 2020 3:06pm

Coronavirus “a threat to our very existence,’ says Imps chairman

Lincoln City chairman Clive Nates said the club “faces a threat to our very existence” the longer the coronavirus-forced football suspension continues.

The EFL released a statement earlier this month stating that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than April 30, and no decision has yet been made on what will happen next.

This is already impacting on the Imps’ finances, not least due to the lack of match-day income.

The club is also working on a plan to safeguard the club and all jobs by identifying and maximising savings, as well as exploring other revenue opportunities.

Read the full statement here.

30th March 2020 3:07pm

159 more coronavirus deaths in England

159 more people who tested positive for coronavirus in England have died.

It takes the total death toll in the country up to 1,284 and the total number across the UK to 1,415.

A statement from NHS England said the patients were between the ages of 32 and 98 years old and all but four had underlying health conditions.

Included in the figures were two people who died at hospitals run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust.

30th March 2020 4:41pm

More than 22,000 coronavirus cases in UK

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK passed 22,000 today (March 30).

As of Monday afternoon, the number of people who have tested positive stood at 22,141.

It means the amount of COVID-19 cases increased by 2,107 in 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the number of cases in Greater Lincolnshire has risen by 12.

  • 78 in Lincolnshire
  • 20 in North East Lincolnshire 
  • 15 in North Lincolnshire

It comes as the UK’s death toll stands at 1,415 after more figures were released by NHS England today.

Included in the figures were two people who died at hospitals run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust.

30th March 2020 5:12pm

Monday’s update from Lincolnshire County Council

30th March 2020 5:38pm

Coronavirus case numbers to get worse before stabilising, says government science chief

The number of cases, hospital admissions and deaths is expected to get worse over the next two to three weeks, according to the government’s chief scientific advisor.

Sir Patrick Vallance said the figures will increase before stabilising.

“We expect this to get worse over the next couple of weeks because there’s a lag phase. Then a stabilisation then gradual decrease,” he said.

As of Monday afternoon, the number of people who have tested positive across the UK stood at 22,141 with more than 1,400 deaths.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, has announced plans to charter flights in order to get stranded Britons abroad back home.

Mr Raab said the government was working with airlines to fly commercial flights out to countries where possible.

However, where there were no commercial flights, the government has committed £75 million to charter flights.

31st March 2020 8:55am

Public health chief urges people to stay inside in ‘vital week’ for COVID-19 fight

Lincolnshire’s public health chief has said the next seven days will be important in the fight against coronavirus.

Professor Derek Ward urged people to stay inside this week, whether they show symptoms or not.

It comes as the government’s chief scientific advisor, Sir Patrick Vallance, warned that deaths from COVID-19 will get worse and the country should stay in lockdown until the virus stabilises.

Professor Ward said this week in particular will be “really important” for the county’s response to the virus.

“If people did catch the virus at the beginning of last week, they will start to become symptomatic,” he said.

“If people stay in, whether they are symptomatic or not, if they can stay in and stay way from others they will kill it and stop the spread.”

Professor Ward added that it was important for people to look after their mental health while in isolation, including creating a routine and having conversations with others.

More information on how people can look after their mental wellbeing can be found on the NHS website.

So far, there have been nine patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have died in Greater Lincolnshire.

Six have been recorded in Lincolnshire, while three have died in northern Lincolnshire hospitals.

Professor Ward said, however, they he expects the figures to increase in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, 113 positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Greater Lincolnshire.

  • 78 in Lincolnshire
  • 20 in North East Lincolnshire
  • 15 in North Lincolnshire

Across the UK, the figures stand at 22,141 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,415 deaths.

31st March 2020 9:52am

£40k raised for university-made Lincoln hospital safety gear

Over £39,000 has been raised as the University of Lincoln cranks up its efforts to make safety equipment to help healthcare workers at the city’s hospital tackle the coronavirus crisis.

Read the full story

31st March 2020 9:53am

Lincolnshire businesses encouraged to access coronavirus aid funds

£10-15k grants to help with COVID-19 disruption

Businesses across Greater Lincolnshire need to provide contact details to their district council or unitary authority if they think they are eligible for financial support to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find out more

31st March 2020 9:56am

Voucher scheme for schools providing free school meals

Weekly shopping vouchers worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus

Children eligible for free school meals will benefit from a national voucher scheme allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home.

Schools can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus.

Schools can continue to provide meals for collection or delivery themselves, but where this is not possible, the scheme will allow schools to provide vouchers to families electronically, or as a gift card for those without internet access.

The vouchers can be spent on food at a range of shops including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S, with the Department working to get more shops to join the scheme as soon as possible.

Parents will receive the voucher through their child’s school, which can then be redeemed online via a code, or sent to their house as a gift card and used at supermarkets across the country.

More details here

31st March 2020 11:08am

Official death toll figures a quarter higher than first reported

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has published the first of its updates on registered coronavirus-related deaths in the UK.

The data revealed that there were 210 deaths in England and Wales where coronavirus was officially mentioned on the death certificate up to March 20, 2020.

This compares to a figure of 170 deaths reported by NHS England and Public Health Wales over the same period.

Until this point, deaths reported by health bodies has only included those who with the virus who died in hospitals. Death certificate registrations will have the addition of those who died in their homes or in the community while suffering with the illness. 

Nearly three quarters of deaths involved those aged 75 and over, with just one death involving a person under the age of 45.

The time lag, with data published 11 days later, indicates that officials could begin to see a spike in the next few weeks. 

Data is currently only broken down as far as regions. In the East Midlands, three death certificates were linked to coronavirus up to March 20. 

31st March 2020 2:23pm

13 more deaths in Scotland and seven in Wales

13 more deaths from coronavirus have been confirmed in Scotland, taking the total death toll number up to 60.

A further 430 patients have tested positive for COVID-19 taking the total number up to 1,993.

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, said 108 of the cases came from a lab which were unable to submit data over the weekend.

In Wales, seven deaths have been reported taking the total number up to 69.

The number of confirmed cases in the country increased by 112 to 1,563.

Meanwhile, a further six deaths in Northern Ireland has taken the country’s death toll up to 28.

 

31st March 2020 2:51pm

367 more coronavirus deaths in England, two in northern Lincolnshire

367 more people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in England, including two in northern Lincolnshire.

It takes the total number of deaths in the country to 1,651.

A statement from NHS England said that those who died were aged between 19 and 98. All but 28 of the patients had underlying health conditions.

Two of the patients who died were being treated at hospitals run by Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

It takes the total number of deaths in northern Lincolnshire to five.

Figures for the number of confirmed cases are expected to be released later this afternoon by the Department of Health and Social Care.

31st March 2020 4:17pm

UK coronavirus cases – over 25,000

The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus has passed 25,000.

As of today (March 31), 25,510 cases across the UK have been confirmed.

The Department of Health and Social Care said a total of 143,186 people have been tested for the virus.

It comes as the death toll in the UK reached 1,789 today.

A statement from NHS England said that those who died were aged between 19 and 98. All but 28 of the patients had underlying health conditions.

Among the figures released today included two further deaths in northern Lincolnshire, taking the death toll up to five in the region.

31st March 2020 5:26pm

NHS frontline to get thousands of ventilators next week

The NHS will receive thousands of new ventilators to the frontline of the fight against coronavirus by next week.

Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, confirmed the government has been buying more ventilators from abroad, including from European Union nations.

The government also placed an order for 15,000 new machines on Monday from manufacturers, including Ventilator Challenge UK – a consortium made up of Rolls-Royce, Airbus, BAE Systems and a series of Formula One racing teams.

Mr Gove said the first of thousands of the ventilators “will roll off the production line” and be delivered to NHS hospitals by next week.

It comes as the number of positive COVID-19 cases passed the 25,000 mark today (March 31) and the death toll reached 1,789.

As of today, 25,510 cases across the UK have been confirmed.

The Department of Health and Social Care said a total of 143,186 people have been tested for the virus.

A statement from NHS England said that those who died were aged between 19 and 98. All but 28 of the patients had underlying health conditions.

Among the figures released today included two further deaths in northern Lincolnshire, taking the death toll up to five in the region.

31st March 2020 7:02pm

Lincolnshire COVID-19 cases pass 100 mark, three more confirmed in northern Lincolnshire

The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire has increased by 29.

Lincolnshire saw the biggest rise as cases now stand at 104, up from 78.

Meanwhile, two more cases were confirmed in North Lincolnshire taking the total to 17 and another in North East Lincolnshire which has 21 cases.

It means the total number of cases in Greater Lincolnshire now stands at 142.

Earlier today, it was confirmed that 25,510 cases across the UK have been tested positive with a death toll of 1,789.

The Department of Health and Social Care said a total of 143,186 people have been tested for the virus.

A statement from NHS England said that those who died were aged between 19 and 98. All but 28 of the patients had underlying health conditions.

Among the figures released today included two further deaths in northern Lincolnshire, taking the death toll up to five in the region.

1st April 2020 12:19am

Lockdown enforcement won’t be overzealous, says Lincolnshire police chief

“If we become overzealous enforcing the lockdown, we will lose the good will of people. Enforcement is our last resort,” said Lincolnshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Kerrin Wilson.

Speaking with The Lincolnite on Tuesday, she said generally people in the county abided by the lockdown and social distancing advice in the past week.

Besides a small number of incidents last weekend, including one arrest for assaulting, coughing at and spitting on an officer, ACC Wilson said people in Lincolnshire generally behaved since lockdown was introduced last Monday.

She said: “We’ve been very measured in our approach to the whole issue and new powers and legislation.

“The direction I’ve given my staff is to work and support communities in this unprecedented public health emergency by ensuring that we maintain social distancing and good advice and guidance. This is about engaging, explaining, encouraging them to have a good behaviour.”

When asked about people reporting their neighbours for appearing to flout lockdown rules, ACC Wilson said there were “not even hundreds” of such calls the force received.

“You do not know unless you are in somebody else’s shoes,” she said. “Many people volunteer to help the vulnerable, to help deliver food, shop for people. We’re not going to send an officer round to their house to start interrogating them.

“If we see something disturbing and breaking the spirit of the legislation, then we will deal with it. We will be quite robust with that.”

Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Constable Kerrin Wilson said the force is monitoring reports of increased domestic abuse and disturbances within households, but at the time she said there was no marked rise in such incidents locally.

1st April 2020 9:31am

More coronavirus testing ‘vital’, says Lincolnshire’s public health chief

Increased and frequent testing is “vital” in the fight against coronavirus, says Lincolnshire’s public health chief.

Professor Derek Ward said an increase in testing will help health officials to know how to deal with the virus better.

It comes as the government admitted that tests were being delivered to hospitals too slowly.

Professor Ward reiterated the importance of testing, in particular on frontline staff.

“It’s absolutely vital,” he said. “My team deal with this issue day in, day out with such things as hepatitis and TB.

“Having a test to confirm it is fundamental. It’s equally as important to test those people who have had it and cleared it.”

Cabinet minister, Michael Gove, said yesterday that the government needed to “go further, faster” as it looks to meet a testing target of 25,000 per day.

Mr Gove said the delay in testing was down to the availability of chemicals needed to test patients.

The government has come under fire recently as frontline NHS staff have been unable to get tests.

It comes as Lincolnshire saw its biggest daily increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases.

The number of cases increased by 26 to 104 as of yesterday (March 31).

So far, six patients who were tested positive with coronavirus have died in the county. However, Professor Ward said he expects that number to increase.

Yesterday, it was confirmed that 25,510 cases across the UK have been tested positive with a death toll of 1,789.

The Department of Health and Social Care said a total of 143,186 people have been tested for the virus.

A 13-year-old boy from south London was confirmed as the youngest coronavirus fatality in the UK.

Among the figures released included two further deaths in northern Lincolnshire, taking the death toll up to five in the region.

1st April 2020 9:53am

Details on first Scunthorpe death

A grandfather with underlying health conditions is believed to be one of the first patients to die from coronavirus at Scunthorpe General Hospital.

Derek Shipley, 72, a former manager at a car import firm, died on Monday morning at the hospital run by Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust, reported Grimsby Live.

His family urged others to follow government advice and stay at home in order to halt the spread of the virus.

1st April 2020 10:54am

Coronavirus befriending service launched in Lincoln

City of Lincoln Council has started a telephone service for people who may be struggling with isolation.

It will provide conversation over the phone for people who have been identified as vulnerable and won’t be experiencing social interaction.

Anyone can be referred to the service if they feel as though it would benefit their mental wellbeing.

It is a scheme put in place by the council in order to connect with the people in the county and ensure those who are vulnerable are being looked after.

Callers will be council employees working from home, in an attempt to help both parties of the phone call, not just the person who called up the helpline.

Julie Rouston, Electoral Services Officer, said: “This is a difficult time for many across the country and a lack of positive conversation can have a detrimental effect on mental health.

“By working with our partners collaboratively we are able to help those feeling the social impacts of isolation feel a little more connected.”

You can refer yourself to the befriending service by contacting the signpost team on 01522 873461/873374.

1st April 2020 11:07am

Lincoln university senior lecturer dies after COVID-19 symptoms

A long-serving senior lecturer at the University of Lincoln has died after being taken ill with what’s understood to be coronavirus symptoms.

Clive Kettley, who worked at the Lincoln International Business School, died during the morning of Tuesday, March 31. The exact cause of death has yet to be confirmed by health officials.

It is understood that he had underlying health conditions, and had been suffering symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.

1st April 2020 12:27pm

New mortuary planned to cope with coronavirus pandemic

Officials behind efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in Lincolnshire have revealed plans to use a former RAF base as a potential mortuary site.

The Lincolnshire Resilience Forum, an alliance of organisations in the county, is co-ordinating the local response to the illness and its implications for residents, life and business within the county.

Jason Harwin, chairman of the strategic command, said the forum was preparing for a “worst case scenario”.

He confirmed that discussions with the military had taken place and that it had been agreed to use former RAF Woodhall Spa as a potential mortuary site, “in the event of our current capacity being exceeded”.

“We are not at that point yet in Lincolnshire, however we cannot be complacent,” he said.

“Ensuring we have access to any extra facilities and specialist services, is a critical process we must carry out.

“Our teams within the Local Resilience Forum are now working to develop these plans as a scale-able response to meet the developing need of the county.”

Further details are still to be confirmed, however, several other areas are doing similar.

Swindon’s Great Western hospital, for instance, is having an extension which will store 500 bodies. Meanwhile, at Birmingham Airport, a temporary mortuary for up to 12,000 bodies is being built.

1st April 2020 2:19pm

563 more coronavirus deaths in the UK

The number of death from coronavirus across the UK has risen to 2,352, an increase of 563.

As of 9am today (April 1), 29,474 cases were confirmed positive for COVID-19.

In the UK, 152,979 people have been tested according to the Department of Health.

Meanwhile, a further 16 deaths have been confirmed in Scotland where the death toll has reached 76.

In Wales, 29 more people have died taking the total to 98.

So far, 11 deaths have been recorded in Greater Lincolnshire with 142 cases.

1st April 2020 3:00pm

Over 700 Lincoln businesses applied for £22m coronavirus aid – £5m given so far

More than £5 million in grant aid for Lincoln businesses affected by coronavirus has been processed by the city council.

Businesses from the first batch of 455 to receive part of the £22 million state aid given to the City of Lincoln Council will receive their payment within the next three days, said the authority.

Another 300 applications are still to be processed.

Businesses who think they may be eligible for funding should visit www.lincoln.gov.uk/businessgrantfunding or email [email protected].

1st April 2020 3:03pm

Lincoln council puts in new coronavirus support for tenants

The City of Lincoln Council said none of its tenants will lose their homes due to the coronavirus outbreak as it announced a number of support packages today.

In a bid to support its tenants against the break-out of COVID-19, the authority has  brought forward its rent free weeks for the 2020/2021 financial year.

Those eligible for the relief will now get it on April 6 and 13, 2020, instead of over the Christmas and New Year period.

The council has also introduced a Discretionary Rental Hardship Payment Fund to support those whose income has been directly affected by the coronavirus outbreak are struggling to meet their rent.

It will be in addition to the usual discretionary housing payments available to tenants and will be a one-off payment made directly to tenant’s rent accounts.

Tenants with queries can email [email protected] about the rent free weeks, or [email protected] about the housing payments, with their name, address and contact telephone number along with a summary of your circumstances.

1st April 2020 3:15pm

Six more COVID-19 deaths in Greater Lincolnshire

Six more patients who tested positive for coronavirus have died in Greater Lincolnshire hospitals.

Three have been confirmed at hospitals run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust and three at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

It takes the death toll in Greater Lincolnshire up to 17.

So far, nine people have died in Lincolnshire after being tested positive for COVID-19 and eight in northern Lincolnshire.

Earlier, it was confirmed that the death toll across the UK had reached 2,352 deaths.

In a statement, NHS England said those who died in England were aged between 13 and 99 years old. All but 20 of the patients had underlying health conditions.

1st April 2020 3:24pm

Lincolnshire turns to mask making

A Lincoln sportswear manufacturer and staff from a Stamford school started making protective masks, for people and for the NHS workers respectively.

Ellmore Clothing launched in 2013 and has sold sports clothes worldwide, but are now combatting the face mask shortage by launching their own range. Read more here

Design technology teachers have set up a production line in the workshop of Stamford Endowed Schools to produce 200 masks a day for frontline workers in the NHS. The product consists of a polypropylene headband attached to a PVC screen. Read more here

1st April 2020 5:06pm

Annual leave cancelled for hospital staff

Hospital staff at Lincoln, Boston and Grantham will be made to work weekend shifts with no extra pay and have also had their annual leave for April cancelled.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust took made the decision at a time when the hospitals are under increased pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic. It means that every day, including bank holidays or weekend, will be treated as a normal working day and any leave that is cancelled will be available to rebook later in the year.

A hospital spokesperson said: “As part of our response to coronavirus we have made the difficult decision to cancel annual leave for all our staff during April.

“Everyone across the trust has a role to play in helping us to care for our patients during this difficult time.

“During this period we are moving to working across seven days. This means that every day, including Bank Holidays and weekends, will be treated as a normal working day with appropriate staffing levels.

“We will pay staff for the days they work, including the weekend, in line with their agreed terms and conditions of employment. Any leave that has been cancelled will be available to rebook later on in the year.

“We are incredibly proud of the commitment and dedication that our staff have shown so far, and are doing everything that we can to support them while they care for our patients.”

It was announced on Wednesday, April 1 that six more patients who tested positive for coronavirus have died in Greater Lincolnshire Hospitals.

Three have been confirmed at hospitals run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust and three at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

It takes the death toll in Greater Lincolnshire up to 17. So far, nine people have died in Lincolnshire after being tested positive for COVID-19 and eight in northern Lincolnshire. The death toll across the UK has reached 2,352.

1st April 2020 5:23pm

Wednesday’s update from Lincolnshire County Council

1st April 2020 5:26pm

Third Lincolnshire distiller turns to sanitiser making

After Unconventional Distillery and Pin Gin, a third Lincolnshire distiller turned to making hand sanitiser for the NHS. Toby Hope of HOPE Wines initially experimented with his alcohol distilling to create five litres of sanitiser. This was in response to Lincoln County Hospital’s urgent appeal for the product after a nationwide shortage.

Read more here

1st April 2020 5:30pm

Public Health England “confident” of reaching COVID-19 testing target

Health bosses are confident of achieving the government testing target of 25,000 per day, says Public Health England’s medical director.

Dr Yvonne Doyle said that 10,000 tests were already being carried out a day and that it was “committed” to increasing that number.

It comes as the government has come under fire on testing for COVID-19. Michael Gove admitted that tests had been delivered too slowly to the NHS frontline.

But, Dr Doyle said Public Health England was confident of reaching its target.

“There is positive news about this, we have committed to make 10,000 tests available,” she said.

“Our commitment is to go to 25,000 tests a day and we are confident that we will achieve that.”

Meanwhile Alok Sharma, Business Secretary, said it was the government’s “top priority” to increase testing capacity.

Earlier, Professor Derek Ward, Director of Public Health at Lincolnshire County Council, said it was “vital” for testing to be increased in order to tackle the virus.

It comes as it was confirmed that the death toll across the UK reached 2,352 deaths.

Meanwhile, Greater Lincolnshire has seen six more deaths in the county taking the total number up to 17.

1st April 2020 6:07pm

Take COVID-19 seriously, say Lincoln sufferers

Today we spoke with two people recovering from coronavirus complications, both urging people to stay at home and follow the government guidelines.

First, Gareth Miller, 31 told us about his coronavirus experience, which led to pneumonia and now treatment at Lincoln County Hospital. Read his story

Sharon Cook, a mother of one and NHS worker, is also recovering in hospital after COVID-19 led to sepsis pneumonia. Watch her tearful video message

1st April 2020 6:16pm

37 new COVID-19 cases in our region

179 coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire

  • 133 in Lincolnshire (up from 104)
  • 23 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 21)
  • 23 in North Lincolnshire (up from 17)

These are the latest figures released by government on Wednesday evening.

2nd April 2020 10:11am

Tributes paid as former Lincoln police sergeant with coronavirus dies

Lincolnshire Police staff have paid tribute to a much-loved colleague who has reportedly died after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

Sergeant Rick Mosley posted on social media that his “old skipper, dive buddy and good mate” Paul Pettitt, fondly known as ‘Pap’, had succumbed to the virus.

He described him as a ‘top bloke’, with a great humour and a sharp mind.

It was reported that Paul died at Lincoln County Hospital.

Assistant Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police Shaun West said: “Had the privilege to work alongside Pap as Sergeants 2001-3. Very fond memories of a gentleman with a great sense of humour.

“Sending my best wishes to his friends, family and colleagues. We will all be touched by his loss.”

2nd April 2020 10:29am

Second ‘clap for our carers’

A second round of applause to honour key workers has been organised across the country.

After the rousing success of last week’s NHS Clap For Carers, another has been scheduled for tonight (Thursday, April 2) at 8pm.

The feel good moment was a heartwarming homage to health service workers and all continuing to keep the country safe and functioning.

As a result of the positive reception it will be a continued tradition.

The movement was also joined by a campaign to light up iconic buildings and monuments across the country in NHS blue.

Lincoln Cathedral was a striking example.

2nd April 2020 10:56am

Lifting of lockdown still ‘weeks away’

Lincolnshire’s public health bosses have warned that lockdown restrictions are still “weeks away” from being relaxed.

Tony McGinty, assistant director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council, said people need to check their stamina for long term restriction measures.

It comes as the UK is into its second week of lockdown, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson expected to review the measures over Easter.

Read the full story

2nd April 2020 12:21pm

Loan and credit card payments to be frozen for three months

The financial regulator announced plans to freeze loan and credit card payments for up to three months as part of emergency measures for consumers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

These could come into force as soon as 9 April. They are aimed at consumers and renters who are not benefiting from existing relief measures that have targeted homeowners (like mortgage payment holidays) – or business owners.

The proposals include a temporary freeze on loan and credit card payments for consumers who are facing financial difficulties as a result of the outbreak.

Read more here

2nd April 2020 12:37pm

Councils plea for residents to avoid ‘spiralling waste’

District councils have issued a plea to residents minimise their household rubbish over concerns that the coronavirus pandemic will cause a “spiralling of waste”.

The District Councils Network, which represents district authorities across the country, said it fears the pandemic will lead to a “wave of waste” in the coming weeks with families staying at home.

It added that, while it was pleased that people are staying safe at home, residents should work with local councils to manage bin collections.

The network also urged against burning of any waste on bonfires.

Read the full story here.

2nd April 2020 2:14pm

568 more coronavirus deaths in UK

The UK’s death toll has increased to 2,921 today (April 2), a rise of 568.

The Department of Health confirmed that as of 9am on April 2, 33,718 people had tested positive for COVID-19.

163,194 people have been tested across the UK.

Yesterday, Greater Lincolnshire saw six more deaths across the county.

Three were confirmed in Lincolnshire and a further three in northern Lincolnshire.

A breakdown of local hospital trusts and death figures will be released by NHS England later.

 

2nd April 2020 2:29pm

Three more COVID-19 deaths in Greater Lincolnshire

Three more patients who tested positive for coronavirus have died in Greater Lincolnshire hospitals.

Two have died in hospitals run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, while one person has died in Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust hospitals.

A statement from NHS England today (April 2) confirmed the deaths, which takes the total in Greater Lincolnshire up to 20.

NHS England said a further 561 patients have died in the country and were aged between 22 and 100.

All but 44 of the patients had underlying health conditions.

2nd April 2020 4:15pm

More COVID-19 deaths in Scotland and Wales

Scotland’s coronavirus death toll increased to 126 today (April 2), a rise of 50.

In Wales, the number of fatalities stands at 117, an increase of 19.

Meanwhile, three more patients who tested positive for coronavirus for COVID-19 have died.

The Department of Health confirmed that as of 9am on April 2, 33,718 people had tested positive for COVID-19.

163,194 people have been tested across the UK.

2nd April 2020 4:56pm

Lincoln crematorium open for funerals only

Lincoln Crematorium will now only open for funeral services after the authority shut the Gardens of Remembrance today.

The crematorium already had a series of restrictions in place including the waiting room being closed, enhanced cleaning of facilities and visitors being discouraged from touching coffins.

The reception and book of remembrance rooms were also both closed.

Cemeteries across the city, however, remain open.

2nd April 2020 5:04pm

COVID-19 positive cases reach 200 in Greater Lincolnshire

The number of cases of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire has reached 200.

In Lincolnshire, the number has increased by 20 to 153 positive cases.

Meanwhile, North Lincolnshire has risen to 24 and North East Lincolnshire has remained at 23.

It represents 21 new cases across the Greater Lincolnshire area.

Earlier, the number of deaths in the county rose by three taking the death toll up to 20.

2nd April 2020 5:59pm

Health Secretary sets 100,000 tests per day target, writes off billions of NHS debt

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has set an ambitious target of 100,000 coronavirus tests per day before the end of the month.

Mr Hancock said he was “determined” to meet the goal, which will include more tests for front line staff.

In the government’s daily news conference, Mr Hancock also announced that £13.4 billion of historic NHS trust debt will be written off.

He said it would “ensure that our NHS is stronger for the future”.

It comes as the government has come under fire for its efforts to ramp up testing, which it admitted were slow to get to the front line.

Mr Hancock announced a five-point plan to increase testing, which includes swab tests, a network of testing laboratories and a pledge to reach 100,000 tests per day by the end of the month.

He said that 5,000 NHS staff have already been tested at testing sites.

 Professor Derek Ward, director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council, told The Lincolnite earlier this week that it was “vital” to increase testing in order to learn more about the virus and to tackle it.

 

3rd April 2020 12:49am

Lincoln Cathedral turns blue for the NHS

As thousands across Lincolnshire clapped for cheered for NHS staff, carers and all the key workers keeping the country going during the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are some glorious shots from our photographer Steve Smailes

Also, watch again our live feed from 8pm Thursday

3rd April 2020 10:59am

Drivers urged to stay at home as lockdown traffic increases

Public health chiefs in Lincolnshire have urged people to stay off the roads in lockdown after reporting an increase in traffic.

Tony McGinty, assistant director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council, said people should only be out for essentials, such as medicine, food or exercise only.

Earlier this week, Public Health England officials reported an uptake in the number of cars on the road across the UK during lockdown.

Read the full story

3rd April 2020 11:02am

Lincolnshire claps for key workers in week 2 of lockdown

The people of Lincolnshire once again showed their appreciation for key workers with the second Clap for Carers last night.

There was a chorus of applause heard on every street in the county, with people young and old showing support for NHS frontline staff and other key workings keeping the country going.

The applause took place at 8pm and celebrated the hard work of many, including teachers, cleaners and delivery drivers.

See the pictures and videos.

3rd April 2020 12:03pm

Shoppers don gloves in supermarket, but then dump them outside!

People in Mablethorpe have been wearing gloves and face masks around supermarkets to prevent spreading coronavirus, only to throw them on the floor after use.

Social distancing guidelines and general hygiene have typically been well-observed since lockdown was announced, but it would appear there are still a few who aren’t following the rules or acting thoughtlessly.

A photo taken outside LIDL in Mablethorpe shows used personal protective equipment left outside the shop.

This ultimately voids the safety of wearing them in the first place and required staff open to potential contamination when the area is cleared.

Rob Haney, the person who sent in the photo, said: “The shopping experience was fine, I can’t fault Lidl as a business.

“It’s the local people in the community and surrounding areas that have left this mess, when waiting in line to enter the store and after they have done with their shop. ”

3rd April 2020 12:18pm

Grimsby-born medic sheds light on graduates on the frontline against coronavirus

A newly graduated medic said it is important that frontline staff get the supervision and emotional support in the fight against coronavirus.

Stephen Naulls is one of 300 new doctors who have just graduated from Imperial College’s School of Medicine and are preparing for a very challenging entry to the NHS frontline.

The 24-year-old from Grimsby told MyLondon: “I am frightened, I am nervous, I have trepidation. It’s forcing me to face all the feelings I would have had in August if I had started then, as normal.”

He said it was essential that vulnerable new doctors and those who are affected by dealing with coronavirus are followed up and get the support they need.

“They need to be given an ample opportunity to debrief. It’s really important for health care professionals to be given support,” he said.

3rd April 2020 12:59pm

Imps Foundation supports isolated residents

The Community Organising team at Lincoln City Foundation is offering support, through its partnership with Lincolnshire Co-op, to those isolating in the Sincil Bank area.

The team is happy to assist with collecting shopping, posting mail, picking up urgent supplies and medication collection. The team can also be connected with for a friendly chat for anyone feeling lonely, isolated or lost.

To contact the team please call 07736 900341 or email [email protected]

3rd April 2020 1:01pm

Lincoln teen makes 3D-printed masks for NHS staff

A 16-year old student from Lincoln has been making personal protective equipment for NHS key workers from his own home. Jonty Horn, a student at Lincoln UTC, has been utilising 3D printing to manufacture PPE for frontline staff during the national coronavirus crisis.

He has been studying a STEM based curriculum of GCSEs for the past two years, learning at the college that specialises in science and engineering. The year 11 student used 3D printing technology to produce his prototypes before approaching various local NHS organisations to offer his product free of charge.

Read more here

3rd April 2020 2:17pm

684 more UK coronavirus deaths

The UK’s coronavirus death toll increased by 684, taking the total fatalities to 3,605.

As of today (April 3), 38,168 patients were confirmed positive.

The Department of Health confirmed that 173,784 people have been tested.

NHS England is expected to release details on deaths in local NHS trusts later.

Meanwhile, 46 more people have died in Scotland taking the death toll up to 172.

In Wales, 24 more patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have died. The total number of fatalities stands at 141 in the country.

3rd April 2020 2:35pm

Lincolnshire councils hand out more than £33m grants to businesses so far

Councils have so far given out more than £33 million in business grant funding to help support the local economy against the impact of the coronavirus lockdown.

Authorities across Greater Lincolnshire have been given £265,872,000 by government to support local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the latest data released by authorities and their leaders, more than £33,340,000 has already been handed out.

Read the full story here.

3rd April 2020 3:30pm

Biggest increase in Lincolnshire deaths so far

Lincolnshire’s coronavirus death toll saw its biggest daily increase with eight more confirmed, taking the number of fatalities in the county up to 19.

Health bosses at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust said all the patients had underlying health conditions.

It means the death toll across Greater Lincolnshire stands at 28, with 200 positive COVID-19 cases.

Read the full story

3rd April 2020 3:56pm

Councils given powers to hold public meetings remotely

When councils start meeting again they most likely won’t be doing it in person but via video call.

New regulations from the government today (Friday) have temporarily lifted a legal requirement for councils to hold meetings in person due to the coronavirus lockdown.

However, a requirement for meetings to be accessible by the public will remain.

It will be up to each local authority to decide how the requirements are fulfilled.

The government said the changes will “enable councils to make effective and transparent decisions for residents… and ensure local democracy continues to thrive.”

3rd April 2020 4:06pm

Lincoln care worker “terrified” by risks in the industry

An experienced carer in Lincoln, who is self-isolating with what she believes to be coronavirus symptoms, has said she is terrified by what she has seen working with high risk residents.

The 41-year-old woman from Washingborough, who wished to remain anonymous, covers central Lincoln and the surrounding areas in her work.

She is at home self-isolating after suffering a “pounding headache, aching limbs, infected sinuses, a cough and a shortness of breath”, but is due to return to work in the near future.

She said an extreme shortage of personal protective equipment is a big cause for concern that she feels isn’t being addressed by the government.

Read the full story here.

3rd April 2020 4:20pm

£342m of hospital trust’s debt to be written off by government

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust debts totalling £342 million are set to be written off under government plans, it has been revealed.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Thursday that he was writing off £13.4 billion of historic NHS debt across the nation in a bid to help trusts financially as they look to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Bosses at ULHT, which runs hospitals in Lincoln, Boston and Grantham, today revealed the trust’s £342 milllion of historic loans will be converted to Public Dividend Capital.

It is hoped the move will save £2.5 million for the trust in 2020/21, which bosses say will help it “return to a long-term financially sustainable position.”

ULHT Director of Finance and Digital Paul Matthew said: “This is fantastic news for the trust and the people of Lincolnshire, as the burden of historic debt is removed.

“The trust can now focus on the future and delivery of its Integrated Improvement Plan.”

3rd April 2020 4:44pm

40 more cases in Greater Lincolnshire

Positive COVID-19 cases across Greater Lincolnshire have increased by 40 to 240.

Lincolnshire saw the biggest rise, with 29 new cases.

Meanwhile, in North Lincolnshire cases increased by five to 29 and North East Lincolnshire the number has risen to 29.

It comes as Lincolnshire saw its biggest spike in deaths, with eight more confirmed today (April 3).

No further deaths have been reported in northern Lincolnshire.

3rd April 2020 5:20pm

Friday’s update on the coronavirus situation from Lincolnshire County Council

 

3rd April 2020 5:21pm

Health Secretary instructs nation to stay at home this weekend

Health Secretary Matt Hancock instructed people across Britain to stay at home this weekend to fight coronavirus.

Mr Hancock said the country was approaching a “warm” end to the week, but said people should not get complacent.

He said the UK “cannot afford” to get relaxed on social distancing.

“We are set for a warm weekend in some parts of the country,” he said.

“But the disease is still spreading and we absolutely cannot afford to relax the social distancing measures… If we do people will die.

“This is not a request, it is an instruction. Stay at home, protect lives, and then you will be doing your part.”

Meanwhile, Mr Hancock confirmed that a further two NHS Nightingale hospitals will be built in Bristol and Harrogate.

He said that 7,000 frontline NHS have so far been tested for coronavirus.

Earlier, the Department for Health confirmed that the UK’s coronavirus death toll increased by 684, taking the total fatalities to 3,605.

As of today (April 3), 38,168 patients were confirmed positive.

 

3rd April 2020 6:25pm

The East Coast is closed this weekend, police warn

Lincolnshire Police has posted several announcements telling people not to come to the East Coast this weekend.

With the warm weather expected this weekend, people are getting impatient in lockdown and might be tempted to head out to the coast. Increased car traffic has been noticed by police this week already.

But the message from Lincolnshire Police is that the East Coast is closed this weekend during lockdown and social distancing measures.

Officers from Ingoldmells, Mablethorpe, Sutton on Sea and Skegness posted photos with them holding “we are closed” signs.

East Lindsey District Council also announced the closure of its main tourism car parks as they ramp up measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.

East Area Commander Chief Supt Chris Davison said: “We will be friendly, but firm to ensure people only travel when necessary. A frivolous visit to the coast could literally cost lives.

“It would be a selfish and dangerous thing to do and would fly in the face of the vast majority of people who are taking every step they can to stop the spread of the virus and help protect our NHS.

“We have a beautiful county and a lovely coast. Save your visit for a better time, when the restrictions are lifted and you can enjoy it properly.”

4th April 2020 2:15pm

Another 708 die in the UK in the last 24 hours

and over 3,000 more new coronavirus cases

Local figures are expected later

4th April 2020 2:27pm

People listening to lockdown advice it seems

 

4th April 2020 3:39pm

Four new coronavirus deaths in Greater Lincolnshire

  • 2 new in Lincolnshire (total 21)
    • one woman aged 91, and one man aged 75, both with underlying health conditions
  • 2 new in Northern Lincolnshire (total 11)

5th April 2020 1:23pm

“It’s really important as we come up to this warm weather to make sure that we keep following government guidance so that we continue to be safe.”

Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Bill Skelly and Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones talk about why they are observing social distancing and urge the public of Lincolnshire to do the same

5th April 2020 1:24pm

Quiet streets across Lincolnshire, police say

5th April 2020 2:20pm

Four new COVID-19 Greater Lincolnshire deaths

  • 24 in Lincolnshire (3 new)
  • 12 in Northern Lincolnshire (1 new)

In the UK there are now 4,934 total deaths and 47,806 cases

6th April 2020 9:44am

Call for ‘common sense’ during Easter week

People in Lincolnshire have been called on to use their common sense and stick to the lockdown guidelines during Easter.

Tony McGinty, assistant director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council, said people should keep their distance from others when exercising and going outside.

The UK enters its third week of lockdown and the government is expected to review the restrictions after Easter.

Over the weekend, some areas of England saw people out sunbathing and exercising and some councils were forced to close parks due to too many visitors.

Mr McGinty called for Lincolnshire to be sensible during this week and keep distance from others.

“The message is the same, stay at home but do go out and get exercise,” he said.

“But be sensible and stay near home.”

He added that the vast majority in the county had stuck to lockdown restrictions over the weekend and that most people understand the rules.