Lockdown Week 4 Day 7: 107 Lincolnshire coronavirus deaths, 842 local cases, 120,067 in the UK, 16,060 deaths

Week four coverage has ended. Rewind the updates below. Follow the latest coronavirus lockdown updates from Lincoln and Lincolnshire on the week five liveblog.

842 coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire

  • 584 in Lincolnshire (up from 579)
  • 167 in North Lincolnshire (up from 154)
  • 91 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 89)

107 COVID-19 deaths in Greater Lincolnshire

  • 74 in Lincolnshire (up from 70)
  • 33 in Northern Lincolnshire (up from 32)

120,067 UK cases, 16,060 deaths

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13th April 2020 12:43pm

Police issue 28th lockdown fine

As of Easter Sunday evening, Lincolnshire Police had issued a total of 28 fines to people breaking lockdown rules in the county.

The majority of people stayed home over Easter weekend, public health consultants told The Lincolnite on Monday, April 13.

However, some couldn’t resist venturing out to meet with friends and family and decided to ignore advice during the sunny weather.

Lincolnshire Police said two people from Coventry were stopped on their way to a party in Lincoln.

Three men and a woman from Boston were fined when they were stopped on the A17 near Sleaford. They had travelled to ‘find a big field to celebrate a birthday’, but had enough food with them for a much bigger gathering.

13th April 2020 1:05pm

Lincolnshire follows weekend lockdown advice, but fines issued

Most people in Lincolnshire followed lockdown advice and stayed at home this Easter weekend, despite some fines issued by police.

Andy Fox, consultant in public health at Lincolnshire County Council, said the county respected the government’s guidance to keep their distance over the bank holiday.

But, four people were fined by Lincolnshire Police on the A17 in Sleaford for ignoring the advice.

Read more here

13th April 2020 2:31pm

Six more coronavirus deaths in Lincolnshire

Six more patients have died in Lincolnshire’s hospitals as the county’s coronavirus death toll reached 81.

Five people died in United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust hospitals, while one fatality was recorded at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust.

More details to follow.

13th April 2020 3:10pm

More details as Lincolnshire’s coronavirus death toll reaches 81

Three women and two men are among those who died in Lincolnshire’s hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus.

It means the county’s death toll now stands at 81, with 58 in Lincolnshire and 23 in northern Lincolnshire.

A spokesperson for ULHT said: “Sadly we can confirm that five 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 58.

“The patients were three women aged 52, 67 and 77, and two men aged 72 and 85. All had underlying health conditions.

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

NHS England said a further 667 people have died after contracting coronavirus in the country.

Patients were aged between 17 and 101 years old, 40 of them had no known underlying health conditions.

The UK death toll reached 10,000 yesterday as senior scientific advisers in government said the fatality rate is likely to be among the worst in Europe.

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

13th April 2020 3:22pm

11,000 coronavirus deaths in the UK

The UK coronavirus death toll has increased to 11,329 and case numbers reached 88,621 today (April 13).

The increase means a 717 rise in deaths and a further 4,342 positive cases.

In Lincolnshire, the death toll has now increased to 81.

The case numbers for our region will be updated later today

13th April 2020 5:24pm

Unlikely that lockdown will be relaxed this week, says Foreign Secretary

Lockdown restrictions are unlikely to be relaxed later this week, the Foreign Secretary has said.

Dominic Raab said the government will review the evidence of how the measures have affected coronavirus at the end of the week.

However, he said ministers do not expect to make changes to the restrictions and indicated that lockdown will be extended further.

“We do no expect to make any changes at this point and we won’t until any such changes can be safely made,” he said.

Mr Raab added that the UK was “still not past the peak” of the virus and that there was “still a long way to go”.

It comes as Spain relaxed some of its lockdown measures and allowed businesses, such as construction and manufacturing companies, to reopen.

It comes as the UK death toll increased to 11,329 today (April 13) with 88,621 cases tested positive.

A further six deaths were confirmed in Lincolnshire, meaning the death toll has risen to 81 in the county.

13th April 2020 5:36pm

Lincolnshire coronavirus cases increase by 92

The number of positive coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire has increased to 664.

Lincolnshire saw the biggest rise as 51 new cases were confirmed and saw the total number increase to 464

Meanwhile, North Lincolnshire now has 125 cases and there are 75 in North East Lincolnshire.

Earlier, Andy Fox, consultant in public health at Lincolnshire County Council, said officials expect the county’s peak to be longer but lower.

It comes as the UK now has 88,621 positive cases and the death toll increased to 11,329.

14th April 2020 11:30am

17 Lincolnshire care homes put in isolation after COVID-19 cases found

17 care homes across Lincolnshire have been put under protective isolation after suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus have been found.

Over the weekend, two of the largest care home providers in the UK, HC-One and MHA, revealed they had recorded 521 coronavirus related deaths in recent weeks.

Professor Derek Ward, director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council, confirmed that around 20 to 30 cases have been tested positive in care homes in the county.

Read more here

 

14th April 2020 12:28pm

Three fined for towing caravan from Essex to Lincolnshire during lockdown

Three people have been fined after being stopped in Newark towing a caravan they had recently purchased from Essex to Lincolnshire.

New powers were introduced by the government to allow officers to issues fines for anyone breaking lockdown rules. As of Easter Sunday evening, Lincolnshire Police had issued a total of 28 fines and their colleagues in Nottinghamshire also encountered problems over the weekend.

Nottinghamshire Police issued fixed penalty notices to two men, aged, 52 and 38, and a 30-year-old woman after stopping the trio during their non-essential journey in Farndon Road in Newark at 3.35pm on Sunday, April 12.

No number plate was displayed on the caravan. On further inspection it was also discovered that the trio had taken a 300-mile round trip from Lincolnshire to Essex to buy the caravan from a private seller. Paperwork for the sale of the caravan showed this.

Read more here

14th April 2020 2:27pm

Five more coronavirus deaths in Lincolnshire’s hospitals

Five further deaths have been confirmed at Greater Lincolnshire’s hospitals.

NHS England confirmed that four further deaths have been reported at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust and five at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

More details to follow.

14th April 2020 3:43pm

Two thirds of Lincoln takeaways are closed, but orders spiked by 30%

Lincoln has seen more takeaway closures due to the coronavirus lockdown than the national average, with 62% in the city shutting their doors according to recent data.

The government published coronavirus-related guidance for food businesses last month, including that no orders should be taken in person on the premises. Orders should only be taken online or by phone and customers could have staggered collection times.

This has had a big impact on Lincoln, which has seen one of the biggest number of takeaway closures in the country, according to takeaway delivery platform Foodhub, which covers more than 11,000 takeaways across the country.

Lincoln saw 62% of its takeaways close within a seven day period, which is much higher than the national average of the 20% of Foodhub’s takeaways shutting in total so far.

However, online takeaway orders have risen by 33% nationally over the past two weeks during the coronavirus lockdown. Foodhub also recorded record figures for online orders over the past two weekends.

14th April 2020 4:29pm

UK death toll increases, 20 more coronavirus cases in Lincolnshire

The number of positive cases of coronavirus across the UK reached 93,873 today (April 14).

Greater Lincolnshire’s cases have increased by 20 as a further 16 cases were confirmed in Lincolnshire and four in North East Lincolnshire.

Meanwhile, Public Health England confirmed that a further 778 COVID-19 patients died taking the death toll up to 12,107.

Of that number, five fatalities were confirmed at Greater Lincolnshire’s hospitals.

It means the county’s death toll now stands at 86.

14th April 2020 4:33pm

Peacocks reclaim Lincolnshire village during coronavirus lockdown

A group of peacocks has taken advantage of the lockdown to reclaim the streets of a Lincolnshire village.

Care worker Anna Cawthorn came across the “muster” of peacocks and peahens as they marched down the main high street in Gosberton, Lincolnshire.

The birds took advantage of the quiet roads by heading towards the nearest pub and convenience store.

Anna posted the picture after seeing the peacocks as she was on her way back from her shift at a local care home.

Read more here

14th April 2020 5:24pm

Government cannot “protect every business and household”, says Chancellor

The government cannot protect every household and business throughout the coronavirus outbreak, insisted the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Rishi Sunak responded to a recent report from the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR), a government body which analyses public finances, which suggested the UK economy would shrink by 35% by June.

Mr Sunak said report were not a prediction and “may not even be the most likely scenario”.

He added that these were “tough times” and there was “more to come”, but added the government has invested to support as many companies and workers as it can to mitigate short term impact.

But Mr Sunak said: “We cannot protect every business and every household.”

He added that the government strategy was not about choosing between the health of people and the health of the UK economy.

It comes as the UK death toll increased to 12,107 and 93,873 cases have been tested positive.

Lincolnshire’s fatalities reached 86 today after five further deaths were confirmed.

14th April 2020 5:34pm

Demand spikes as Lincoln foodbank supports over 170 people in four days

A Lincoln foodbank supported over 170 people in just four days last week as the demand for its services continues to rise during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lincoln Foodbank, which is run by the Trussell Trust and is located in Alive Church on Newland, had feared that a mixture of panic buying in shops and people self-isolating could be dangerous for its users.

However, it said it is currently seeing at least three times the amount of people that it normally would in a week. Between Monday and Thursday last week it supported 172 people.

The rising demand is impacting on the food bank’s stock levels so it needs donations now more than ever.

Read more here

15th April 2020 10:41am

Lincoln College donates PPE to care homes

Lincoln College donated a large stock of face masks, gloves, aprons and alcohol wipes to the Lincolnshire Care Association to support the care industry during the coronavirus crisis.

The stock sent on Tuesday will then be distributed to care homes and home care services in Lincolnshire.

Lincoln College works in partnership with many care providers via its Care College and it hopes this gesture will help address a critical need for the heroic staff in the industry.

Read more here

15th April 2020 2:25pm

Greater Lincolnshire coronavirus death toll reaches 90

Four further coronavirus deaths have been announced at Lincolnshire’s hospitals.

NHS England said three patients died in the ULHT run hospitals, while one was confirmed at NLaG.

More details to follow.

15th April 2020 2:53pm

UK positive coronavirus cases edge closer to 100,000

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK edged closer to the 100,000 mark as a further 4,605 were recorded.

It takes the total number of COVID-19 cases up to 98,476.

Meanwhile, the UK death toll also increased by 761 to 12,868.

Public Health England will announce the number of local cases later today.

15th April 2020 5:15pm

Thor-some Lincolnshire man lifts lockdown spirits

A superhero-obsessed man is lifting the spirits of children and families in Lincolnshire with video messages and socially distanced guest appearances during the coronavirus lockdown.

Jay Gray, 30, from Bourne, has always been a big superhero and costume fan and told Lincolnshire Reporter he wanted to do something to boost morale in Bourne during lockdown.

Read more here

15th April 2020 5:24pm

PCC calls campaign to release sky lanterns for the NHS “total madness”

Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has joined a campaign to stop sky lanterns being lit to support the NHS, labelling the plans “total madness”.

A planned initiative by UK firm Night Sky Lanterns encouraging people to set off its £6 Union Jack Lanterns on Sunday night has been criticised by organisations across the UK.

The company says proceeds from the event will be donated to the NHS.

However Marc Jones said the plans posed a serious risk to the area.

“I can’t say this strongly enough. Please, please, please don’t buy or use these hideous things,” he said.

“Think about it, setting light to something and releasing it is total madness.

“These things can cause fires, pose a serious danger to property and wildlife and can injure or kill farm animals.

“If you want to spend money supporting the NHS there are plenty of better ways to do that.”

15th April 2020 5:31pm

Carers to get ‘badge of honour’ as Health Secretary plans changes to social care

Cares across the UK will get a ‘badge of honour’ in recognition for their work in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, under plans laid out by the Health and Social Care Secretary.

Matt Hancock said those who work in social care deserved the same recognition as frontline NHS staff during the pandemic.

Under the changes announced at today’s Downing Street briefing, Mr Hancock said carers will get a new brand like the blue and white badge worn by NHS workers.

Supermarkets will also be asked to give the same priority to carers in line with that given to frontline health staff.

Elsewhere, the government will take on a recruitment drive for care staff and pay for inductions training. Priority drops for personal protective equipment will also continue until an online system is developed.

Mr Hancock also outlined plans to change procedures so people have a “last chance to say goodbye” to loved ones who are at the end of their life in care.

He reiterated plans to offer all residents in homes and care staff tests for coronavirus as revealed earlier today.

“Often the most vulnerable to this disease are in care homes,” he said.

Yesterday, it was revealed 17 care homes across Lincolnshire had been put under protective isolation after suspected or confirmed cases or coronavirus were found.

Meanwhile, Mr Hancock echoed comments by Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, that the government would not relax lockdown measures “until it is safe to do so”.

15th April 2020 5:31pm

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

16th April 2020 10:53am

‘Too much, too fast’ warning on lifting lockdown

Lincolnshire’s public health chief has warned of a “too much, too fast” approach to relaxing lockdown restrictions.

Professor Derek Ward said, while the county has done well on social distancing, it has meant that not enough people have been exposed to coronavirus.

He added that a strategy which relaxed measures too much would “overwhelm” hospitals if too many people are infected at one time.

Read more here

16th April 2020 10:56am

Lincoln sisters stream 24 hour dance-a-thon for NHS charity

Two Lincoln sisters are using their time in isolation to perform a 24 hour dance-a-thon to raise money for the NHS during the coronavirus crisis.

Hannah Scott, 21, and Charlotte Barnes, 18, love playing the computer game Just Dance. They joked about doing the dance-a-thon over dinner, but it became a reality at 10am on Thursday, April 16.

During the 24 hour dance-a-thon there will also be an hour for requests at 8pm, which they will play through speakers via Spotify.

Read more here

16th April 2020 2:31pm

Seven more coronavirus deaths in Greater Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire’s coronavirus death toll reached 97 today (April 16) as seven further deaths were confirmed.

NHS England reported four deaths at hospitals run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust and three at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

More details to follow.

16th April 2020 2:52pm

100,000 positive coronavirus cases in UK, deaths at 13,000

Positive coronavirus cases in the UK have passed the 100,000 mark while the death toll has reached 13,000.

The Department of Health confirmed that 103,093 cases have now been tested positive, a rise of 4,618.

Meanwhile, the death toll increased by 861 to 13,729.

Fatalities in Lincolnshire reached a total of 97 as seven further deaths were confirmed.

The number of new local cases will be revealed later today.

16th April 2020 3:59pm

Midwives offer secure video calls for pregnant women in Lincolnshire

Sixty midwives across Lincolnshire will now be able to offer secure video calls to pregnant women in the county during the coronavirus crisis.

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said that from this week women and families will be able to “see a friendly face, who they have gotten to know throughout their pregnancy”.

Community midwives will now offer women the option of a video consultation for booked appointments that were changed to be telephone appointments in response to COVID-19 changes.

Read more here

16th April 2020 4:03pm

Tribute to North Lincolnshire “ambassador” who died after testing positive for coronavirus

Tributes have been paid to a councillor described as an “ambassador for North Lincolnshire”, who sadly died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Bottesford Ward Conservative Councillor Derek Longcake died at Scunthorpe General Hospital on Monday.

Council leader and fellow Conservative Rob Waltham said Councillor Longcake was “incredibly well respected by everybody in the community.”

“He worked incredibly hard and was one of life’s volunteers. He volunteered for everything and was a real ambassador for his ward and for North Lincolnshire,” he said.

“I have never met anybody who didn’t leave his presence and didn’t say what a great guy he was.”

Full story here.

 

16th April 2020 4:16pm

Positive Lincolnshire coronavirus cases increase by 36

36 more people have tested positive for coronavirus across Greater Lincolnshire.

In Lincolnshire, the number of cases now stands at 531 after an increase of 28.

North Lincolnshire saw a rise of six to 142, while North East Lincolnshire had a further two cases confirmed taking the total number to 86.

It means that the county’s positive cases now stands at 759.

16th April 2020 5:08pm

Lincoln air pollution halves in first two weeks of lockdown

Air pollution at a Lincoln rush-hour hotspot has almost halved in the first two weeks of coronavirus lockdown.

Research by the BBC’s Shared Data Unit shows a sharp reduction in the levels of nitrogen dioxide across the country.

Data from a monitoring station on Canwick Hill, in Lincoln, shows that in the first two weeks of lockdown, there was an average of 18.64 NO2 in the air, compared to 36.29 in the same period in 2019 – a drop of 48.6%.

Canwick Hill is a well-known traffic hotspot, particularly during peak periods, and is often queued from Lindum Hill, so the reduction won’t surprise many.

Deputy Chief Constable for Lincolnshire Police today (Thursday) confirmed traffic on Lincolnshire’s roads had reduced by 60% – however, he said speeding had doubled.

Full story here.

16th April 2020 5:20pm

It’s official: Lockdown extended for three more weeks

The UK will remain in lockdown for a further three weeks as the nation continues its fight against coronavirus.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed that social distancing measures will remain in place until at least the first week in May.

The restrictions were first announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is recovering from coronavirus at Chequers, on March 23.

Read more here

17th April 2020 10:08am

Lincoln takeaway delivers 50 free pizzas to local emergency services

A Lincoln takeaway delivered 50 free pizzas for police, ambulance and fire staff at the tri-service operational station on South Park as a thank you to key workers during the coronavirus crisis.

Mr J Mohammed came to Lincoln from Iraq 18 years ago before launching Romeo’s Pizza on Clasketgate around a decade ago, which is currently open for collection and delivery only.

After delivering 50 pizzas, along with some chips and kebabs, to emergency services staff on Thursday evening, he is now planning to do something similar on a weekly basis starting from next week.

He is planning to offer free pizzas to police, ambulance and fire crews on a Wednesday and the same on Thursday for NHS staff during the coronavirus lockdown period.

Read more here

17th April 2020 10:13am

Free from bug-infested quarantine: Gainsborough Covid-19 patient returns home from India

A Gainsborough woman beat coronavirus and is now back home after returning from a terrifying experience in India, which included being in a locked ant-infested hospital room.

Jane Jackson, 64, went out to Kerala in India on March 5 with a tour group of 15-20 people to teach English in some schools out there.

She later tested positive for Covid-19 and was left stranded in dirty conditions in a locked ant-infested hospital room. After three negative coronavirus test results she was released from hospital on April 8 before staying in a hotel on lockdown, until she started her journey home on Wednesday, April 15.

Read more here

17th April 2020 10:28am

More than 120 COVID-19 patients discharged from Lincolnshire hospitals

More than 120 patients with COVID-19 have now been discharged from Lincolnshire’s hospitals, bosses have said.

Deputy Chief Executive at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust Mark Brassington revealed the figure on Twitter.

Those discharged are reportedly aged from 1 to 101-years-old.

According to the latest figures from the Department of Health, there have been 531 cases diagnosed in Lincolnshire.

A total of 69 patients diagnosed with the coronavirus have sadly died.

Full story here.

17th April 2020 10:42am

More details on Lincolnshire COVID-19 deaths

Health officials have revealed further details on four coronavirus deaths in Lincolnshire’s hospitals.

Yesterday, four patients who received care at hospitals run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust died after testing positive for COVID-19.

A ULHT spokesperson 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 69.

“The patients were two men aged 89 and 90, and two woman aged 82 and 90. All had underlying health conditions.

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

 

17th April 2020 10:45am

Extending lockdown was the only option, says Lincolnshire public health chief

There was no option but to extend lockdown restrictions for another three weeks, Lincolnshire’s public health chief said.

Professor Derek Ward said the government now needs to decide when it would be safe to lift the measures and plan to prevent a second peak.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed the extension yesterday (April 16) which will now keep restrictions in place until May.

Read more here

17th April 2020 2:35pm

100 coronavirus deaths in Greater Lincolnshire

Four more people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire’s hospitals.

It means the death toll has now reached 101.

Three have been announced at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust and one at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust.

NHS England said a further 738 people have died after testing positive for COVID-19.

Patients were aged between 32 and 101 years old,  30 of them 738 patients had no known underlying health condition. 

17th April 2020 4:09pm

Lincolnshire COVID-19 cases increase by 35

Positive coronavirus cases across Lincolnshire have increased to 794.

The number of confirmed cases saw 20 recorded in Lincolnshire, 12 in North Lincolnshire and three in North East Lincolnshire.

It comes as the UK positive cases increased to 108,692 today (April 17).

17th April 2020 4:18pm

Stay paw-sitive and sponsor an adorable feline to help Lincoln cat cafe during lockdown

Seven purr-fect felines can now be sponsored to help with their upkeep and the running of the temporarily-closed Lincoln cat cafe during the coronavirus lockdown.

Coffee Cats, which is located on Silver Street in Lincoln, is home to seven adorable rescue cats – Empress Matlida, Snorri, Mary Moo, Boudica, Cleo, Baloo, Ratatoskr – who can all be sponsored at a price of £5 per cat via the Coffee Cats website here.

More than one person can sponsor each cat and the money raised will go towards the upkeep of the animals, including food, cat litter and vet bills.

Read more here

17th April 2020 4:45pm

Lincolnshire supermarkets relax lockdown rationing rules

Lincolnshire Co-op and Co-op stores are among the supermarkets starting to relax restrictions on some products as people adjust to their shopping needs during the coronavirus crisis.

Last month Lincolnshire Co-op and Co-op stores began rationing products as people stockpiled and left shop shelves bare over fears of coronavirus spreading.

However, some restrictions have now been lifted after the lockdown period was recently extended by three weeks.

Read more here

17th April 2020 5:00pm

City Council produces interactive Covid-19 Community Help Map

The City of Lincoln Council has created an interactive digital map to show community help resources for those self-isolating across the city.

The map includes COVID-19 neighbourhood support services and their contact details, Lincolnshire Co-op stores operating community delivery services, foodbanks and more.

Additional groups can also be added to the map by contacting the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum Communities and Volunteer Co-ordination Cell on 01522 787034 or via email at [email protected]

Click here to view the map.

17th April 2020 5:16pm

HMRC site near Lincoln available for frontline workers

HMRC has made its Lawress Hall site near Lincoln available to frontline workers battling the coronavirus crisis.

The 127-bedroom property will provide meals and accommodation for emergency service workers who are unable to return home for various reasons. Including having at risk family members, family self-isolating or because they have been transferred into the county to assist colleagues.

The initiative is a result of HMRC working in partnership with Lincolnshire Police and the local Resilience Forum.

17th April 2020 5:21pm

Business Secretary announces coronavirus vaccine taskforce

The government has launched a coronavirus taskforce with the single-goal to find a vaccine, the Business Secretary announced today (April 17).

Alok Sharma said the taskforce will work with every stage of development and be led by Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser.

The government announced a £250 million pledge to find a vaccine last month.

Mr Sharma said the government has given the green light for 21 projects along with £14 million in a additional funding as part of vaccine development.

“When we make a breakthrough we will be able to manufacture millions,” he said.

He added that it was a “complex process” which may take many months and there were “no guarantees”.

The taskforce will report to both Mr Sharma and Matt Hancock, the Health and Social Care Secretary.

17th April 2020 5:30pm

Friday’s COVID-19 update from Lincolnshire County Council

18th April 2020 2:24pm

Three more Lincolnshire coronavirus deaths

Two more people died in the last 24 hours with COVID-19 in Lincolnshire and another in Northern Lincolnshire.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust said: “Sadly we can confirm that two further patients who were being cared for in one of our hospitals and had tested positive for COVID-19, have died.

“This brings the total number of deaths in ULHT hospitals to 72.

“The patients were a man aged 72 years old and a woman aged 76. Both had underlying health conditions.

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

Across the UK a further 88 people died, taking the total death toll to 15,464.

18th April 2020 2:29pm

Progress on Woodhall Spa mortuary

Lincolnshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Jason Harwin: “As part of our emergency plans for a pandemic, we carry out a lot of precautionary work so we can prepare for the worst case scenario.

“We are not at that point yet in Lincolnshire, however we cannot be complacent. Ensuring we have access to any extra facilities and specialist services, is a critical process we must carry out.

“We have secured national agreement to use the former RAF Woodhall Spa as a potential mortuary site, in the event of our existing capacity being exceeded, and work is continuing at the site as part of these preparations.”

19th April 2020 2:49pm

Three more Lincolnshire COVID-19 deaths

A spokesperson for ULHT said: 

“Sadly we can confirm that two further patients who were being cared for in one of our hospitals and had tested positive for COVID-19, have died. This brings the total number of deaths in ULHT hospitals to 74.

“The patients were a man aged 78 and a woman aged 86. Both had underlying health conditions.

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

19th April 2020 3:36pm

Man assaulted police officers at his house after party reports

A man allegedly assaulted two police officers who were sent to his house in Lincoln after neighbours reported a party gathering.

It happened at around 6.30pm on Saturday evening at a house on Portland Street in the city.

A 29-year-old man was charged with assaulting two police officers and breaching COVID-19 lockdown rules.

Claudiu Stefan from Lincoln was bailed to appear at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on June 11.