Lockdown Week 3 Day 7: 75 Lincolnshire coronavirus deaths, 567 local cases, 78,991 in the UK, 10,532 deaths

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567 coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire

  • 412 in Lincolnshire (up from 392)
  • 91 in North Lincolnshire (up from 77)
  • 64 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 61)

75 COVID-19 deaths in Greater Lincolnshire

  • 53 in Lincolnshire (up 8)
  • 22 in Northern Lincolnshire (up 4)

78,991 UK cases, 10,532 deaths



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6th April 2020 11:09am

NHS staff COVID-19 testing station set up at Lincoln leisure centre

A coronavirus testing station is being set up in Lincoln for NHS staff.

Workers are on site on Monday morning in the car park of Yarborough Leisure Centre in the city.

Tests will be made by appointment only.

A second testing station is being built in Boston too.

6th April 2020 11:29am

No backing for face masks in the community, says government

New government guidance states there will not be efforts to equip key workers like supermarket staff, waste collectors and remaining school staff with face masks during the coronavirus epidemic, despite calls for extra protection.

Guidance updated on Monday, April 6 states there is “very little evidence of widespread benefit” to the use of masks outside of the clinical or care setting, where they play an important role.

In Lincolnshire, shoppers and relatives of workers have aired fears that supermarket staff were being put at risk by lacking personal protective equipment (PPE).

Public Health England has instead recommended that workplaces are optimised for social distancing, signs are put in place reminding workers to stay home if they have symptoms, avoid touching their face and that they are provided with hand sanitiser for frequent use.

The government guidance states: “To be effective, face masks must be worn correctly, changed frequently, removed properly, disposed of safely and used in combination with good universal hygiene behaviour.

“Research shows that compliance with these recommended behaviours reduces over time when wearing face masks for prolonged periods, such as in the community.

“Therefore, PHE does not advise masks in public places and for those working in supermarkets, waste collection, schools and similar settings.”

6th April 2020 12:19pm

Man spat on in drive-by incident

A man has said he feels anxious about the possible spread of coronavirus after claiming someone spat liquid at him from a passing car in North Hykeham on Sunday.

The 37-year-old employee at the University of Lincoln, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Lincolnite that he was walking on Moor Lane in North Hykeham on the footpath in front of All Saints school at around 8pm on April 5 when the alleged incident involving a red car occurred.

He said the “guy who sprayed it on me did it with his mouth full of it”. The victim added he promptly showered when he returned home.

He called police and was later told that they had been unable to trace the car.

The man claimed: “A car passed by me and the person inside sprayed a liquid on me directly from his mouth. The liquid went on my hair, right cheek and jacket.

“There were two people inside the car, one driving and the other spraying stuff. I was unable to note down the number plate as I was surprised and trying to figure out what had just happened.

“It could have been a hate crime, or an intent to spread the infection, or just rude behaviour, but in any case, I am very worried because I don’t know what it was.

“I live with my children and wife and I am worried for them in case the person who did it had the infection. The drops came like rain on my head, right cheek, ear and hand in a large quantity, as well as on the jacket.

Lincolnshire Police said: “We received a report at 8.17pm on Sunday that a male in a red Audi car had been spitting out of the window of his car on a road which runs along Newark Road.

“A search of the area was carried out but there was no trace of the car or driver. An appointment has been made with the victim.

“Anyone with any information should call 101, 403 of April 5.”

6th April 2020 12:42pm

24 coronavirus deaths in Lincolnshire, youngest aged 49

All the people who lost their lives due to coronavirus in Lincolnshire had underlying health conditions, with the youngest aged 49.

So far,  24 who tested positive for COVID-19 have died in hospitals run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust in Lincoln, Grantham and Boston.

Among those to have lost their lives include former police sergeant Paul Pettitt and University of Lincoln lecturer Clive Kettley.

The oldest patient was a woman aged 91, according to local figures.

You can see the timeline of confirmed deaths and the announced date at Lincolnshire’s hospitals below.

  • March 26 – woman in her 80s
  • March 27 – five – women between ages of 65 and 80
  • March 30 – two – men aged 55 and 82
  • April 1 – three – men aged 73, 80 and 83
  • April 3 – eight – three women aged between 79 and 80, five men aged between 49 and 89
  • April 4 – two – one woman aged 91 and one man aged 75
  • April 5 – three – two women aged 55 and 82, one man aged 76

Across the county, 252 cases have been tested positive for COVID-19.

6th April 2020 12:44pm

More than 500 Lincolnshire hospital staff absent due to coronavirus

Coronavirus has pushed the number of NHS staff absences at Lincolnshire’s hospitals to around 11% of the workforce as testing stations are being set up in the county this week.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust chief executive Andrew Morgan said that as of Sunday, 525 staff members were off, self-isolating or not in work due to COVID-19.

On top of normal sickness this brought the total absence to around 850 people.

Read the full story

6th April 2020 12:48pm

Lincoln council closes authority-run cemeteries

City of Lincoln Council has closed all council-run cemeteries in an effort to halt the spread coronavirus.

Cemeteries, such as Newport, Canwick Road and Eastgate cemeteries, will now be closed until further notice.

Long Leys and St Swithin’s cemeteries have also been shut.

But some residents have urged the council to reconsider its decision because the areas provide open space.

Read the full story

6th April 2020 3:53pm

NHS staff create Amazon wishlist to boost morale during coronavirus crisis

NHS staff in Lincolnshire have created an Amazon wishlist to boost morale after the local community offered its support to the under-pressure workers during the coronavirus crisis.

The list includes toiletries, tea and coffee, cleansing wipes, screen wipes, hand cream, sweets, chocolate, colouring books, bath bombs and more – click here to donate and see the full list.

6th April 2020 4:04pm

Work stops on Lincoln COVID-19 testing station for NHS staff

Workers downed their tools this afternoon after starting work on the new coronavirus NHS staff testing centre in Lincoln on Monday.

Workers were seen on site in the car park of Yarborough Leisure Centre on Riseholme Road during the morning of April 6. Tests will be made by appointment only.

Workers were later seen downing their tools and leaving the site in Lincoln on Monday afternoon.

The Lincolnshire Resilence Forum set up one of the two NHS staff testing stations in Lincolnshire, with a second one planned to open in Boston. However, the location in Boston has not yet been disclosed.

6th April 2020 4:21pm

No new Lincolnshire COVID-19 deaths for first time in two weeks

Greater Lincolnshire had no coronavirus deaths in the county’s hospitals for the first time in nearly two weeks.

No fatalities have been recorded at either United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust in the latest round of daily updates.

Since March 26, at least one patient who tested positive for COVID-19 has been confirmed each day to have died at one of the county’s hospital trusts.

Last Friday saw the highest daily spike as eight people died at hospitals run by ULHT. So far, a total of 36 people have died in Greater Lincolnshire with 346 cases confirmed across the county.

In Lincolnshire, the youngest person to die from coronavirus was 49 according to local figures.

6th April 2020 4:23pm

386 (up 40) coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire

  • 275 in Lincolnshire (up from 252)
  • 62 in North Lincolnshire (up from 51)
  • 49 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 43)

Thankfully no new local deaths to report for Monday, however, the national cases have spiked again.

6th April 2020 5:27pm

‘Too soon to say’ if lockdown restrictions having effect on the virus, says government science adviser

The government’s deputy chief scientific adviser has said it is too soon to tell whether or not lockdown restrictions have had an effect on the spread of coronavirus.

Dame Angela McLean said the efforts people were making “are working” on such data as hospital admissions.

However, she said it is too soon to tell whether or not they will have an affect on the number of deaths and cases.

“It really is too soon to see the effects of the big changes we have made to our lives,” she said.

Meanwhile, Professor Chris Witty, the government’s Chief Medical Officer, said it was too early to say whether or not the virus has peaked in the UK.

He added that a “serious discussion” would be had on whether to lift lockdown restrictions after the peak has passed.

Earlier today, the number of deaths in the UK reached 5,373 while the cases hit 51,608.

7th April 2020 9:37am

Number of people requiring hospital care expected to increase, say public health bosses

Public health bosses in Lincolnshire still expect the number of people requiring hospital care for coronavirus to increase.

Tony McGinty, assistant director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council, said it was too early to know if the virus had peaked and that the case number were still increasing.

It follows comments from officials at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust who expect a surge in cases in the coming weeks.

Lincolnshire has so far seen 24 deaths and 275 confirmed coronavirus cases across the county.

But Mr McGinty said the county should still expect more people to be admitted to hospital.

“We would expect the numbers of those requiring hospital care to go up with the number of confirmed cases,” he said.

“Bearing in mind the numbers in the community who are symptomatic. But it is still true that the vast majority of the disease is mild.”

Mr McGinty echoed comments from Professor Chris Witty, the government’s chief medical adviser, who said it was too early to know whether the virus had peaked.

Professor Witty said last night that a “serious discussion” would be had on lifting lockdown restrictions once the peak had passed.

7th April 2020 11:07am

Fundraising family portraits brighten up lockdown

A pair of local photographers have been raising money for the NHS by going to people’s doorsteps taking family portraits in Witham St Hughs.

Andrew Wheeler and Carly Gaffney are freelance photographers with their own businesses, but joined forces to create this heartwarming collection.

See the gallery here.

7th April 2020 2:22pm

Four more coronavirus deaths in Lincolnshire

Four more coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in Lincolnshire taking the total death toll up to 28.

No further deaths have been confirmed in northern Lincolnshire.

An NHS England statement said a further 758 people have died after testing positive for the virus in England.

7th April 2020 2:33pm

More details on latest Lincolnshire coronavirus deaths

Four patients who died from coronavirus at Lincolnshire’s hospitals all had underlying conditions, health bosses said today (April 7).

Officials at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust said the patients were three men and one woman.

The fatalities take the county’s death toll up to 28 with 275 confirmed cases.

A spokesperson for ULHT said: “Sadly we can confirm that four further patients who were being cared for in our hospitals, and had tested positive for COVID-19, have died. This brings the total number of deaths in ULHT hospitals to 28.

“The patients were three men aged 74, 82 and 86, and one woman aged 71. All had underlying health conditions.

“Their families have been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”

 

7th April 2020 4:29pm

UK coronavirus death toll hits 6,000

The number of people who tested positive for coronavirus and died in the UK passed the 6,000 mark today (April 7).

A total of 6,159 people have died and 55,242 have tested positive for COVID-19.

Among those to have died include four patients in Lincolnshire’s hospitals.

Officials at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust said the patients were three men and one woman.

The fatalities take the county’s death toll up to 28 with 275 confirmed cases.

No further deaths were recorded in northern Lincolnshire, meaning the total death toll in Greater Lincolnshire stands at 40.

Further details on local confirmed cases are expected to be released by Public Health England later today.

7th April 2020 5:27pm

No acceleration in virus but UK needs to persist with social distancing, says government science adviser

Current figures show that there is no acceleration in the coronavirus, according to the government’s chief scientific adviser.

Sir Patrick Vallance said that officials will not be sure about the potential for the number of cases to level out for another week or so.

Mr Vallance said figures showed that the virus was “not accelerating” but it was important to stick to social distancing in order to see a more definitive trend.

“The aim is to reduce the number of cases below the capacity of the NHS and to save lives,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary, said the government was not a the point of reviewing lockdown measures across the country.

Mr Raab, who is deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson who is in intensive care with the coronavirus, said it was important that the UK did not “take its foot off the pedal” on social distancing.

When asked if there would be a review, Mr Raab said its decision would be “evidence based” and would be taken when there is reliable data.

The number of cases in the UK increased to 55,242 today (April 7) while the number of deaths stands at 6,159.

8th April 2020 9:38am

New date set for Lincoln 10K

A new date has been set for the popular Lincoln 10K and Lincoln Fun Run event.

It had been due to take place on June 14, 2020, but the original date was postponed as the coronavirus crisis impacted on a plethora of events in the county.

It will now take place on November 1 and all entrants are advised to check their inbox for an update.

8th April 2020 10:15am

Big stock of COVID-19 masks, gloves and aprons arriving in Lincolnshire

Stocks of personal protection equipment (PPE) should arrive in Lincolnshire on Wednesday to help keep frontline health and social care staff safe as the county tackles the COVID-19 pandemic.

The consignment from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government should boost supplies of PPE for distribution across the county, according to the healthcare team in the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum. 

The cross-organisational forum is expecting its supplies today (April 8), with over 60,000 masks, 300,000 gloves and 123,000 aprons.

A new ordering service for PPE went live Monday, which provides a single point of contact for all the health trusts in Lincolnshire to order stocks and get direct deliveries.

8th April 2020 10:24am

University of Lincoln makes scrubs for healthcare workers

The University of Lincoln is now making scrubs as it steps up its efforts to support healthcare workers at the city’s hospital tackling the coronavirus crisis.

Staff and students from the University’s School of Engineering already started to meet the immediate need from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust by manufacturing safety visors and other equipment.

In partnerships with a nationwide project which started in Boston called For The Love Of Scrubs, volunteers are now using facilities at the University of Lincoln to cut and sew scrubs for healthcare workers.

Read more here

8th April 2020 10:27am

Wobble Rooms set up in Lincolnshire hospitals for overwhelmed staff

New Wobble Rooms have been set up around Lincolnshire’s hospitals to give staff overwhelmed by the coronavirus situation a place to retreat to.

The move is part of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust’s efforts to support its staff members’ health and wellbeing during the crisis.

A spokesman said: “A wobble room is a space dedicated for staff to go for a few minutes, away from everything to shout out loud, have a little cry or just sit quietly.

Read more here

8th April 2020 10:55am

Hope for COVID-19 slow down as Lincolnshire cases drop

A drop in daily coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire could be the start of a slow down in the virus across the county, say public health bosses.

It comes with a warning though, that complacency could bring on another spike.

Tony McGinty, assistant director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council, said he hoped the figures were the “the beginning of the slowing” of the virus.

Read more here

8th April 2020 10:55am

Hope for COVID-19 slow down as Lincolnshire cases drop

A drop in daily coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire could be the start of a slow down in the virus across the county, say public health bosses.

It comes with a warning though, that complacency could bring on another spike.

Tony McGinty, assistant director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council, said he hoped the figures were the “the beginning of the slowing” of the virus.

It comes as the county saw an increase of just two confirmed cases yesterday (April 7), taking the total up to 277 with 28 deaths.

Full story here

8th April 2020 10:58am

For NHS staff only: People told not to go to Lincoln coronavirus test centre

Health bosses have told the people not to turn up to new NHS testing centres as officials begin to target frontline staff who are symptomatic. Testing stations have been opened at Yarborough Leisure Centre in Lincoln, and the Princess Royal Sports Arena in Boston.

Tony McGinty, assistant director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council, urged people to stay away from the centres. “People should not show up to the centre, they won’t be tested and will be turned away,” he told Local Democracy Reporters. “Staff will be invited personally and people showing up would cause congestion for staff trying to run them.”

Read more here

8th April 2020 11:47am

Showroom could be used as Lincoln coronavirus hospital

YMCA Lincolnshire has been in early discussions with emergency planning teams in the city to offer its currently out-of-action Showroom as a potential nightingale hospital or other community requirement during the coronavirus crisis.

The recent opening of the coronavirus testing centre for NHS staff in Lincoln prompted Caroline Killeavy, CEO at YMCA Lincolnshire, to offer the charity’s large building and car park on Tritton Road after staff moved out last month.

She told The Lincolnite that she has contacted all emergency planning teams, alerted police and been in discussion with the blood transfusion service about possible options.

Read more here

8th April 2020 2:27pm

Five new local deaths, but some were weeks ago

Three men and two women were among those who were confirmed today (April 8) to have died in Lincolnshire after testing positive for coronavirus.

The patients died in hospitals run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust. It takes the death toll in the county up to 33.

A ULHT spokesperson said: “Today’s NHS statement announcing the death of patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 includes five deaths of patients in ULHT hospitals. These deaths cover a 14-day period.  

“They have all been reported today due to confirmation of figures taking several days.  

“The patients were three men aged between 59 and 68, and two women aged 78 and 92. All had underlying health conditions.

“Their families have been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”

No further deaths were recorded in Northern Lincolnshire.

Details on the latest confirmed cases will be released by Public Health England later today.

8th April 2020 5:27pm

Chancellor announces £750m financial package for charities

£750 million will be made available to charities across the UK to help with the fight against coronavirus, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced today (April 8).

Rishi Sunak said the money will be used to help keep “the social fabric” of the country together and to salute those “unsung heroes”.

£370 million of the package will be given to local charities which support vulnerable people through grants from the National Lottery Communities Fund.

Government departments will allocate £360 million of the funding directly to the charity sector.

Among those to receive support include Citizens Advice, St John’s Ambulance, hospices and charities which help domestic abuse victims.

Mr Sunak said charities were “needed now more than ever”.

“Some charities are on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus and others provide critical services,” he said.

“For them, shutting up shop would be to contravene their one purpose.”

Meanwhile, 60,773 people across the UK have tested positive for coronavirus with a death toll of 7,097.

8th April 2020 6:27pm

Lockdown likely until May, government hints

The coronavirus lockdown looks set to stretch on for a further three weeks, until the beginning of May at least.

Government officials confirmed the lockdown measures will not be reconsidered as scheduled on Easter Monday, because scientists believe the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak might not come for another 10 days, according to reports.

When Boris Johnson introduced the lockdown on March 23, he said it would be reviewed in three weeks, on April 13. Now his deputy pushed that back a further three weeks.

“I can assure you that we will keep these restrictions under constant review. We will look again in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows we are able to,” said Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary who is deputising for Boris Johnson while Johnson remains in intensive care in hospital for a second day.

This would mean that the earliest the government would reconsider lifting lockdown is from May 4.

Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, added: “It’s possible that we’re beginning to see the beginning of change in terms of the curve flattening a little bit. We won’t know that for sure for a week or so.

“It does begin to suggest that things might be moving in the right direction in terms of numbers and it’s important that we carry on with the measures that we have got in place in order to make sure that this does go in the right direction.”

8th April 2020 6:31pm

9 people fined for flouting lockdown in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police has issued its first nine fines in the last week to people across the county who have ignored the government’s coronavirus guidance.

The force confirmed it had issued the fixed penalty notices in Skegness, Boston and Spalding, mainly to people gathering in groups of more than two.

However, officers said the majority had largely been following the advice to stay at home, to only make essential journeys and to keep at least two metres away from people.

Chief Inspector Stewart Brinn, one of those leading the force’s response, said: “Fining people is something we don’t want to do because we would much prefer that people followed the advice to protect themselves and others.

“However, there is nobody who can say they aren’t aware of the guidance now and we are very clear in our position – we will talk to you, we will encourage you to change your behaviour, and if you don’t we will fine you or use our powers to make you leave the area.

Read more here

9th April 2020 11:13am

Chinese province donates 10k masks to Lincolnshire

A provincial government in China has donated 10,000 surgical masks to Lincolnshire to support frontline staff in the county during the coronavirus crisis.

The Hunan provincial government has now donated 10,000 surgical masks, which will arrive in the county in the coming weeks.

Lincolnshire County Council worked with the British Consulate in Guangzhou who have provided paperwork to ship the medical products quickly through customs.

The council added that Hunan has not had any confirmed cases of coronavirus for over a month and their restrictions are slowly being lifted.

Read more here.

9th April 2020 11:49am

Don’t be tempted to go out this Easter Bank Holiday, people warned

People across Lincolnshire should not be tempted to go outside and “take their foot off the gas” in the fight against coronavirus, as temperatures are set to soar over the Easter Bank Holiday.

In recent days, police have attended group BBQs, and teens have been seen gathering in local parks in Lincoln.

Tony McGinty, director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council, called on people to stick to social distancing measures this weekend to keep case numbers down.

Read more here

9th April 2020 1:15pm

Stay home this weekend

Ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend, Chief Superintendent Chris Davison is reminding people to follow government advice – stay home and save lives.

Speaking from Skegness, Ch Supt Davison stresses that “the coast is closed” and that people should not travel unless absolutely necessary.

9th April 2020 1:15pm

Most Lincolnshire bin collections to continue as normal over Easter

Lincolnshire councils’ bin collections will mostly continue as normal over the Easter weekend.

Authorities often change their schedule over the bank holiday, however, most across Greater Lincolnshire have this year confirmed they will be keeping their usual schedule unchanged.

North East Lincolnshire, East Lindsey District Council, Boston Borough Council, North Kesteven District Council, City of Lincoln Council and West Lindsey District Council have all reported collections as normal.

North Lincolnshire has made some changes to their collections with each one over this week, before Easter, taking place a day earlier. The last one was held today (Thursday).

South Kesteven District Council will continue tomorrow’s (Good Friday) collection as normal, however, will not be collecting on Monday with the rest of the collections taking place a day later than usual up until Saturday, April 18.

9th April 2020 2:23pm

Five more coronavirus deaths in Greater Lincolnshire

Five more people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in Greater Lincolnshire’s hospitals.

Three died in hospitals run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, while two died at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust sites.

More details to follow.

9th April 2020 3:17pm

55 COVID-19 patients discharged from Lincolnshire’s hospitals

A total of 55 patients have so far been discharged from Lincolnshire’s hospitals after being treated for COVID-19.

Figures from United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust include the number of people who tested positive for coronavirus and were treated at Lincoln, Grantham and Boston hospitals.

Mark Brassington, Deputy Chief Executive at ULHT, said the discharges were down to the work of “proactive” staff in hospitals.

Read more here

9th April 2020 3:32pm

Coronavirus deaths reach 50 in Greater Lincolnshire

Greater Lincolnshire’s coronavirus death toll reached 50 as a further five deaths were confirmed across the county.

Further fatalities were recorded in hospitals run by both United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust.

NHS England confirmed that three patients died at ULHT and two in NLaG hospitals.

Read more here

9th April 2020 4:13pm

Air ambulance charity grounds night flights as coronavirus cripples funding

The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance has said it will have to cut night flights as charities across the county plead with the public to help mitigate the impact of coronavirus.

The air ambulance says it faces losing up to £3 million because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has already forced it to cancel fundraising activities and close shops.

Night missions have already been scaled back but the helicopter will not carry out any from May as staff are called back to support the NHS, self-isolating or are unable to travel.

LIVES and YMCA Lincolnshire have also been some of the latest organisations to appeal for help.

9th April 2020 4:54pm

Today’s (April 9) update from Lincolnshire County Council on the coronavirus situation

Today’s update from Lincolnshire County Council leader Councillor Martin Hill and chief executive Debbie Barnes. Today’s video reiterates government guidelines about lockdown, highlights new local councillor coronavirus fund to help communities, and talks about a 10,000 facemask donation from Hunan and the fire and rescue service’s advice on bonfires.

9th April 2020 5:23pm

‘We must keep going with lockdown measures’, says Foreign Secretary

Lockdown is set to continue across the UK with another review expected at the end of next week, the Foreign Secretary has confirmed.

Dominic Raab said the country “must keep going” until the government has the data to show that the virus has peaked.

Mr Raab added that the measures were reviewed by ministers and officials at a a COBRA meeting today (April 9) and will be reviewed again at the end of next week.

“We are not done yet, we must keep going,” he said.

“We must stick to the plan and we must be guided by the science.”

He added that people should stick to the guidance over the Easter weekend in order to build on the promising signs on hospital admissions and new cases.

Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, said he expected the number of deaths to continue to rise around two weeks after the intensive care picture improves.

At a Number 10 daily news briefing, Mr Raab confirmed that so far 65,077 people have tested positive for coronavirus and 7,978 have died.

He said that he knows the lockdown measures have been “tough” but added that “we mustn’t give the coronavirus a second chance to kill more people”.

10th April 2020 10:02am

Third coronavirus testing site: Goals to test 360 NHS staff over Easter weekend

A third NHS staff coronavirus testing site has been set up in Lincolnshire as health bosses look to test 360 staff over the bank holiday weekend.

The site near to the NHS headquarters in Bracebridge Heath will join two existing stations at the Yarborough Leisure Centre in Lincoln and the Princess Royal Sports Arena in Boston.

Health bosses, however, emphasised that these sites are not for the general public but for invited staff in a bid to help them back into work.

A spokesman for the NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group which is leading the sites said each one was at “varying stages of mobilisation” but had begun to test staff who are symptomatic.

They said the sites had “scope to test 360 staff over the bank holiday weekend.”

10th April 2020 10:41am

North Hykeham school makes 1,000 face visors for Lincoln hospital

A Lincoln school has delivered 1,000 plastic face visors to protect staff in three wards at Lincoln County Hospital, and Bassingham Surgery, during the coronavirus crisis.

Sir Robert Pattinson Academy on Moor Lane in North Hykeham now has capacity to produce another 2,500 items of personal protection. A GoFundMe page was created, but it was shut down after two days because it had already raised £1,270, which is enough to produce the extra items.

The face visors are being made in the school’s design and technology department after headteacher Dale Hardy spoke to friends and neighbours who worked at the hospital.

They told him supplies of PPE were low and, after discussions with Dave Palethorpe, the school’s head of DT and Art, he agreed to supply the visors to the hospital. The first batch was collected by hospital staff last Friday.

Read more here

10th April 2020 10:49am

Lincolnshire health bosses expect coronavirus peak to be “lower but longer”

Health bosses are now expecting Lincolnshire’s coronavirus peak to be lower but go on for a longer period of time.

Assistant director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council Tony McGinty said he expected the country to still be in lockdown after the government’s next review period.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Thursday, said the lockdown would continue across the UK with another review expected at the end of next week.

The latest figures showed 363 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Lincolnshire so far. Some 36 people who have tested positive have died in the county.

10th April 2020 1:17pm

Lincolnshire emergency blood bikes heroes needs more funds to survive

A Lincolnshire charity that helps transport urgently needed blood, drugs, human tissues and other medical requirements must now raise more funds if it is to survive the coronavirus lockdown period.

The Lincolnshire Emergency Blood Bikes Service (LEBBS) is a charity organisation run solely by volunteers and is now doing extra work to support the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

It provides a free courier service for when official contracts aren’t available, with 118 active volunteers ranging from riders/drivers, shift controllers, fundraisers and committee members.

The service is funded entirely from donations, sponsorship and fundraising. After it was forced to cease all of its fundraising activities due to the coronavirus crisis, it is now “eating through its bank balance” and is struggling to survive.

Read more and find out how to donate here.

10th April 2020 1:39pm

More fines issued to coronavirus lockdown breaches in the run up to Easter

Lincolnshire Police has issued another six fines in the past few days to people across the county who have ignored the government’s coronavirus guidance.

It brings the total of fixed penalty notices given to people for making unnecessary journeys or refusing to disperse to 15.

Deputy Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police Jason Harwin told BBC Radio Lincolnshire that the majority of people were complying with the rules.

However, he said those not doing so were risking the government extending the lockdown even longer.

He confirmed police were stopping people on the roads, but ruled out the use of roadblocks.

10th April 2020 2:15pm

Coronavirus deaths reach in Greater Lincolnshire now total 57

Seven more people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in Greater Lincolnshire’s hospitals.

Six died in hospitals run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, while one died at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust sites.

NHS England has reported an increase of 866 further deaths nationally, bringing the total to 8,114.

More details to follow.

10th April 2020 3:01pm

Seven more coronavirus deaths in Greater Lincolnshire, total now 57

The number of people who have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire now totals 57.

Seven further fatalities were recorded in hospitals run by both United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust.

NHS England confirmed that six patients died at ULHT and one in NLaG hospitals.

A spokesperson for ULHT said: “Sadly we can confirm that six further patients who were being cared for in our hospitals, and had tested positive for COVID-19, have died. This brings the total number of deaths in ULHT hospitals to 42.

“The patients were two men aged 76, and one aged 89, and three women aged 84, 85 and 93. All had underlying health conditions.

“Their families have been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”

The figures break down to a total of 42 in Lincolnshire and 15 in northern Lincolnshire who have died since the virus began.

Nationally, NHS England said a further 866 people have died across the country after testing positive for coronavirus bringing the total to 8,114.

10th April 2020 5:51pm

38 more confirmed cases of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire in the past 24 hours

The latest figures from the Department for Health revealed that the 530 cases was broken down as:

  • 392 in Lincolnshire (up from 363)
  • 77 in North Lincolnshire (up from 71)
  • 61 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 58)

Nationally, there are 70,272 cases across the UK.

Earlier today, it was revealed there had been seven more deaths announced across Greater Lincolnshire, totaling 57.

The number of deaths across the UK has risen to 8,958 – an increase of 980 (866 in England).

In the government’s daily briefing today (Friday), health secretary Matt Hancock has said there is now enough testing capacity across the UK for all NHS workers with more than 19,000 so far.

Matt Hancock speaks during Friday’s daily government briefing.

A total of 15 testing stations have been built across the country, he said. Three have been opened now in Lincolnshire. [Lincoln Yarborough, Birchwood, and Boston]

He called for a “national effort” to stay home this Easter adding it would be a “test of the nations resolve”.

“However warm the weather, however tempting the beach or park, we need everyone to stay at home,” he said.

“NHS staff are battling day and night to keep desperately sick people breathing and they need you to stay at home.”

He also unveiled more plans to provide NHS staff around the UK with Personal Protective Equipment, adding that 742 million pieces had already been delivered to the front line.

He said there were a number of challenges including clarity over the equipments use, distribution and the demand around the world.

11th April 2020 3:04pm

Six more Lincolnshire coronavirus deaths, local fatalities reach 63

Six more people in Greater Lincolnshire have died in the last 24 hours after contracting coronavirus.

Three people died in Lincolnshire in ULHT care, and a further three in Northern Lincolnshire.

This brings the regional total COVID-19 deaths to 63 (45 in Lincolnshire, 18 in Northern Lincolnshire).

The people who died in Lincolnshire were two men aged 65 and 85, and one woman aged 83. All had underlying health conditions, ULHT said.

“Sadly we can confirm that three further patients who were being cared for in our hospitals, and had tested positive for COVID-19, have died. This brings the total number of deaths in ULHT hospitals to 45.

“The patients were two men aged 65 and 85, and one woman aged 83. All had underlying health conditions.

“Their families have been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”

The case numbers for our region and the UK will be updated later today.

Meanwhile, the UK has recorded 917 new coronavirus deaths, including an 11-year-old.

The total of UK deaths stand at 9,875, and they are likely to top 10,000 on Easter Sunday.

Around 33 of the victims in England had no known underlying health conditions and they were aged between 29 and 94.

11th April 2020 10:09pm

37 new local coronavirus cases

567 coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire

  • 412 in Lincolnshire (up from 392)
  • 91 in North Lincolnshire (up from 77)
  • 64 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 61)

12th April 2020 2:33pm

12 new Lincolnshire COVID-19 fatalities as UK death toll surpasses 10,000

Some 12 more people in Greater Lincolnshire have died in the last 24 hours after contracting coronavirus.

Eight people died in Lincolnshire and a further four in Northern Lincolnshire hospitals, totalling 75 since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There were 53 dead in Lincolnshire and 22 in Northern Lincolnshire in total.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust said: “The patients were five women aged between 63 and 97, and three men aged between 80 and 88. All had underlying health conditions.

“Their families have been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”

Meanwhile, the UK total death toll surpassed 10,000 today, with a further 657 dead (10,532 total).

The number also does not give a true picture of fatalities overall, as it does not include deaths in care homes.

It has also been confirmed three more nurses have died after contracting the virus, taking the number of NHS staff deaths to more than 30.

Also, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from hospital but won’t immediately return to work as he continues to recover from coronavirus, Downing Street has said.

Local cases numbers will be released later today. There were 567 coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire on Saturday.