Lockdown Week 9 Day 7: 289 Lincolnshire coronavirus deaths, 1,730 local cases, 257,154 in the UK, 36,675 deaths

The latest coronavirus lockdown updates from Lincoln and Lincolnshire is now in the week 10 liveblog.

1,730 coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire (up from 1,729)

  • 1,077 in Lincolnshire (up from 1,076)
  • 503 in North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 150 in North East Lincolnshire (no change)

289 COVID-19 deaths in Greater Lincolnshire (up from 284)

  • 129 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (up from 126)
  • 3 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 94 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (up from 92)
  • 62 in Lincolnshire County Council-managed care homes (no change)

257,154 UK cases, 36,675 deaths in total

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18th May 2020 10:59am

Lincoln Damon’s restaurant to re-open drive-thru

A popular Lincoln restaurant is preparing to open a drive-thru this week as it adapts to the coronavirus lockdown.

Damon’s Restaurant on Doddington Road will re-open again on Thursday, May 21 for a drive-thru collection service. It will be open daily between 1pm to 9pm and customers can pre-order from 12pm.

To place an order, people must call 01522 887722 and then receive an allocated time. Food will be delivered through car windows in the car park.

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18th May 2020 11:01am

Lincoln Castle grounds to re-open this weekend

Lincoln Castle is getting ready to re-open its grounds to the public this weekend, and has introduced some safety measures during the coronavirus lockdown.

It will re-open from Saturday, May 23, seven days a week from 10am to 5pm. Other aspects of the castle’s re-opening will be phased in line with guidance from central government.

In order to comply with coronavirus social distancing guidelines, some new measures have been put into place.

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18th May 2020 11:04am

New University of Lincoln term to start in October

The University of Lincoln will start the new term in October with both face-to-face and online teaching sessions as it continues to adapt during the coronavirus crisis.

The first day of teaching for the 2020/21 academic year will be on Monday, October 12, 2020, with a few exceptions for certain subjects. New students will also start their teaching on this day and the academic year will remain the same length.

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18th May 2020 1:26pm

Police received over 200 ‘lockdown breach’ calls in Lincolnshire this weekend

Police have issued eight further fines to people breaching coronavirus restrictions this weekend, but had more than 200 reports from residents, bosses confirmed.

Deputy Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police Jason Harwin said 80% of calls – around 160 – were related to alleged house parties and barbecues.

He said that was in keeping with previous weeks – with a total now of 215 fines issued around the county in total.

He said the majority of people had complied, or had been engaged with or spoken to about social distancing in line with the force’s guidance.

Advertised mass gatherings by anti-lockdown protestors in Lincoln and Boston did not take place as promoted, said Mr Harwin.

18th May 2020 1:27pm

Is the coast open or not? Car parking and mixed messaging in Lincolnshire

East coast leaders could reopen some of the area’s car parks after visitors left their vehicles poorly parked this weekend, but there are concerns the move could send mixed messages.

Bad parking allegedly made social distancing difficult after people took advantage of the relaxed lockdown conditions.

Police officers have gone back to East Lindsey District Council to work on new plans.

Council leader Craig Leyland said the area was not as busy as normal weekends, however, with car parks, tourist attractions, businesses and facilities closed, some areas faced increased pressure.

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18th May 2020 1:32pm

Police condemn bikers gathered in Lincolnshire woods

Police have condemned some of the bikers in the woods east of Market Rasen after “a few let the side down” over the weekend.

Lincolnshire Police released a photo of a large group of people and motorbikes at Willingham Woods on Sunday, May 17, saying “social distancing applies to everyone”.

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18th May 2020 2:49pm

Two further COVID-19 deaths at Greater Lincolnshire hospitals

There have been two further COVID-19 related deaths reported at Greater Lincolnshire hospitals in the past 24 hours.

One patient died at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust facilities bringing the service’s total to 126.

A ULHT spokesman confirmed the patient was a 68-year-old female with underlying health conditions.

They said: “Her family has been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”

Another patient died at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Trust, bringing its total to 91.

Across Greater Lincolnshire 280 people have died in total.

Nationally, a further 122 people who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died.

It brings the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 24,739.

18th May 2020 3:23pm

‘I don’t care about social distancing’, says man before abusing Lincoln shop staff

A 44-year-old Lincoln man has been charged after a shop worker and security officer at a Lincolnshire Co-op store were allegedly subjected to verbal and physical abuse.

The incident happened at the store on Sincil Street at around 5.23pm on May 12.

Lincolnshire Police said that the accused blocked the doorway to the store and commented about how he didn’t care about social distancing when asked to keep two metres away from the staff and other customers.

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18th May 2020 5:04pm

Over 2,000 cars use re-opened local tips on first day

More than 2,000 cars arrived at tips across the county as local recycling centres re-opened again for the first time during the coronavirus lockdown.

Lincolnshire County Council released just over 39,000 slots on May 11 for the next two weeks, allowing local residents access to its 11 tips for garden waste and wood only.

The tips opened on Monday, May 18 so, for the first time in just over two months, 2,328 cars were able to take their waste to the relevant sites. From May 18 only garden waste and wood will be permitted.

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18th May 2020 5:20pm

Lowest death numbers reported since March

The government has announced that 160 further people have died across the United Kingdom – the lowest rise since March 24.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed 34,796 people had now died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

Health experts, however, accept that the total death toll will be much higher based on Office of National Statistics numbers.

Mr Raab confirmed 2,682,716 tests had now been carried out with 246,406 cases confirmed positive.

He also confirmed that anyone over the age of five with symptoms can now be tested for coronavirus and that 21,000 people had now been recruited as contact tracers and call takers.

18th May 2020 5:38pm

Lincolnshire holiday parks could open all year round to make up for COVID-19 losses

East Lindsey District Council could allow holiday parks to open all year round until October 2022 in a bid to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

Documents before committee members on Thursday said the planned Coastal Zone Local Development Order (LDO) will “improve the tourist offer on parks and on the coast more generally.”

It follows the introduction of lockdown measures by the government in the face of the coronavirus pandemic which ELDC says had an “especially serious impact” on the hospitality and tourism sector.

“The seasonal nature of tourism means that businesses in this sector will have to write off the 2020 Season,” said the report.

An ELDC survey suggests 90% of staff in the sector have been furloughed.

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18th May 2020 5:42pm

How to book a coronavirus test in Lincoln

Booking a test for COVID-19 has just been made a whole lot easier and accessible as the government looks to ramp up testing.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Monday that anyone over the age of 5 is now eligible for a test in the UK.

Lincolnshire has four testing sites, with Grantham, Boston and Skegness accompanying the county’s main site at the Lincoln Showground.

To book a test you can visit the NHS website here, but only if you are showing symptoms.

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19th May 2020 11:01am

Lincolnshire testing site can cope with extra demand, says health leader

Health bosses are confident Lincolnshire’s testing capacity will cope with an influx of potential coronavirus patients following the addition of new eligibility criteria and symptoms.

The government yesterday allowed anyone over the age of five with symptoms to book a test.

Medical experts also added the loss of taste and smell to the official list of symptoms to look for when considering if you have coronavirus.

Deputy director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council Tony McGinty said the widening of eligibility was a “good indication that we are more competent in our testing capacity and capability.

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19th May 2020 2:22pm

No further coronavirus-related deaths reported for the last 24 hours

There has been another 24 hour period without any reported COVID-19 related deaths across the whole of Greater Lincolnshire (including North and North East Lincolnshire.

The latest government statistics have shown no rise in any of the trusts covering the region including both United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Trust.

It is the first time since Friday (May 15), but the third time in two weeks.

So far across Lincolnshire there have been a total of 278 deaths across various trusts.

Nationally, further 174 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 24,913.

19th May 2020 4:22pm

Lincoln village salon owner makes big lockdown scoop

A salon owner in a village near Lincoln has swapped his scissors for ice cream scoops in an alternative way to survive during the coronavirus lockdown.

Local businessman Luke Daniels, owner of Urban Angels in Navenby, was forced to close when lockdown started but he invested his time and resources in coming up with a plan.

Luke opened Urban Gelato & Milkshakes in his hair salon at Courtyard Mews on Grantham Road from 11am on Tuesday, May 19. It will be open for takeaway services only seven days a week from 11am to 5pm.

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19th May 2020 4:36pm

More than 14,000 sign up for Universal Credit during coronavirus pandemic

More than 14,000 people in Lincolnshire impacted by the coronavirus crisis have claimed for Universal Credit since the pandemic began.

The latest job centre figures have been released by the Department for Work and Pensions and show how COVID-19 has seen a big increase on the number of claimants.

Universal Credit covers six major benefits and the figures cover those both in and out of work, including self-employed and those who have been furloughed.

Between March 12 and April 9, there was an increase of 14,351 people claiming across the county.

They breakdown as follows:

  • Lincoln – 2,235 – +16%.
  • Boston 1,300 – + 37%.
  • South Kesteven – 2,664 – +40%.
  • South Holland – 1,847 – +50%.
  • North Kesteven – 2,000 – +63%.
  • East Lindsey – 2,839 – +35%.
  • West Lindsey – 1,466 – +38%.

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19th May 2020 5:13pm

The social impact of the coronavirus crisis on pre-school children

Missing out on key social contact affects young pre-school children, but they are resilient and will bounce back when they return to nursery next month, according to a director at Children 1st Day Nurseries.

Schools and nurseries are getting ready to re-open for more children from June 1 for the parents that choose to use them.

There is currently no access to nursery or children’s groups, other than for vulnerable children and those of critical workers.

Just how pivotal will this enforced break at home be on their social development?

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19th May 2020 5:17pm

Furloughed British workers may want to “play their part” in this years harvest – environment minister

The agricultural sector will “need to rely on British workers” this year with furloughed workers expected to “lend a hand”, the governments environment secretary has said.

George Eustice told the daily coronavirus briefing that only a third of people from other countries, who would normally come to help pick crops such as strawberries, were in the country.

Although a small number of people were expected to continue coming, Mr Eustice said: “This year, we will need to rely on British workers.”

“We believe those who are furloughed maybe getting to the point where they want to lend a hand and play their part” he told the briefing.

Mr Eustice said a plan had been worked on over the past couple of months and said the “Pick for Britain” website had been launched to match workers to available jobs.

According to the latest statistics released during the briefing, 248,818 people have not tested positive for coronavirus.

Officially, a total of 35,341 people have died – a rise of 545. However, the Office of National Statistics estimates at least just under another 6,000 have died putting the total at 41,020.

19th May 2020 5:24pm

Lincolnshire care homes to get £10.5m coronavirus boost

Care homes in Lincolnshire will get nearly £10.5 million to support residents and staff, it has been announced.

The money will be used to protect wages, improve access to personal protective equipment (PPE) training, reduce transmission and step-up clinical support.

Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman welcomed the funding, adding: “Care staff are among the heroes of this pandemic – working tirelessly to support those in our community who need it the most.

“I do not underestimate how challenging a time this is for people living and working in care.”

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20th May 2020 9:47am

Daisy Made to open Lincoln ice cream drive-thru this week

A popular Lincoln farm attraction that sells fresh home made ice cream will open its drive-thru service this week.

Daisy Made Farm on Lincoln Road in Skellingthorpe will be following government guidelines on social distancing when it opens its drive-thru on Thursday, May 21.

It will offer a reduced menu with seven ice cream flavours available, as well as milkshakes, coffees and cold drinks. Take home packs will be available as usual and it is advised to pay via contactless where possible.

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20th May 2020 10:33am

Decision to re-open “ultimately rests with schools” says county council as fears grow

Lincolnshire County Council is letting schools decide for themselves whether they open or not in June as an increasing number of authorities across the country have chosen not reopen them.

Under government plans, school children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 in England could return to their desks on June 1 if cases of coronavirus continue to fall.

However, around 11 councils, including Calderdale, Bury, Liverpool and Leeds, so far have opposed the plans due to safety concerns or fears they might not be ready.

However, county bosses say the decision rests with the schools themselves.

Martin Smith, interim assistant director for education, said: “Local schools are carefully considering the proposals, and working hard to make sure they can keep the school environment as safe as possible, if the plans are given the go ahead, whilst still supporting home learning for pupils who won’t be returning yet.

“Decisions regarding re-opening ultimately rest with schools, and we are continuing to work with them to ensure their plans are well-considered and supported.”

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20th May 2020 11:06am

Lincolnshire County Council coronavirus update for Wednesday, May 20

Leader of Lincolnshire County Council Martin Hill and Chief Executive Debbie Barnes give an update on the coronavirus work the authority is doing.

Today (Wednesday, May 20) topics include the reopening of tips around the county, the latest care home cash injection, the financial future of the council, the decision over the Red Arrows, schools and transport.

20th May 2020 11:28am

Coronavirus crisis forces liquidation of Lincoln home improvement retailer

A home improvement retailer in Lincoln has been forced into liquidation, placing the blame on the coronavirus pandemic.

Palmers of Lincoln Limited is located on Dixon Street and has a range of kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms in its showroom, along with a team of designers.

In a statement, the company said being unable to trade for the past seven weeks has placed an “enormous burden” on its finances.

It said it took professional advice and had no option but to place the company into liquidation. However, this relates only to Lincoln as Palmers of Trent Bridge Limited in Nottingham is unaffected by the situation and will continue to trade as normal.

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20th May 2020 11:52am

Poundland re-opens Lincoln High Street store

A Lincoln High Street store is among 15 being re-opened by discount retailer Poundland on Wednesday during the coronavirus lockdown.

Poundland had kept most of its stores open for essential shopping, but in March it placed one in nine outlets in ‘hibernation’. The Lincoln store at 436 High Street, along with outlets in Gainsborough and Grantham, remained open.

‘Operation Sleeping Beauty’ was launched this week to ‘reawaken stores that were temporarily closed’.

Thirty four stores re-opened on Monday. A further 15 followed on Wednesday, May 20, including the Lincoln store located at 233 High Street next to the Walkabout pub.

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20th May 2020 1:17pm

Council leader threatens “dead air” over bank holiday coastal toilet questions

The leader of East Lindsey District Council has refused to say whether public toilets will be open in time for the bank holiday despite concerns over public health issues.

Councillor Craig Leyland threatened BBC Radio Presenter Sean Dunderdale with “dead air” if he kept asking about plans on the hottest day of the year so far.

Residents are concerned the town will be swamped with visitors as the government’s coronavirus lockdown relaxes, despite a new campaign by the council, the NHS and tourism bosses to try to dissuade people from coming.

There have already been reports of people urinating in public places, including around the backs of local businesses and under the pier.

When asked about plans, Mr Leyland said it would “not be in the public interest for me to announce what we’re going to do and when we’re going to do it with our facilities.”

He said there were discussions between partners, adding: “What we will do will be the right decision for us considering the interest of our residents and the interest of businesses.”

Asked again he said: “Why don’t you talk to me after the weekend and I will justify whatever decision we’ve made?”

Pushed further, he then said: “Sean you’re going to have dead air if you keep persisting on this.”

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20th May 2020 3:32pm

Council care homes tackling COVID-19 outbreaks halve

The number of care homes in Lincolnshire tackling coronavirus outbreaks has almost halved according to county health bosses.

In the week ending May 8, the number of care homes placed under protective special measures due to COVID-19 peaked at 22 but now only 12 remain.

The council monitors 270 homes across the county.

Under the measures, those who test positive are isolated away from other residents – often in their own room – in a bid to limit the spread.

Care workers looking after those affected also increase how much personal protective equipment (PPE) they use.

Family and others are also stopped from visiting.

However, there have been three more deaths officially reported in care homes, taking the total to 62.

Yesterday, Lincolnshire was given an extra £10.5 million to help tackle the pandemic in its residential facilities.

20th May 2020 4:08pm

Superdrug first high street retailer to sell coronavirus antibody test

High street retailer Superdrug has become the first store chain to sell an antibody test for coronavirus.

Kits tell the participant if they have already had, and recovered from, the virus.

The testing kit was put on the Superdrug Online Doctor site on Wednesday, May 20 and will cost £69, promising almost 100% accuracy.

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20th May 2020 5:29pm

Government announces sport and culture task force

Government is to set up a new taskforce to help sport and arts recover, culture secretary Oliver Dowden has announced.

Mr Dowden also used the daily briefing to announce £150million being made available from dormant bank accounts to support social enterprises, and £70million raised through the BBC’s Big Night In being put towards Comic Relief and Children in Need.

He thanked the “sacrifices” of the British people, especially Captain Tom Moore, who has been nominated for a knighthood and who he said had been a “marker of generosity”.

The public have raised more than £800million in fundraising he said.

Also announced was that the Queens Birthday Honours list has been pushed back to August.

Mr Dowden confirmed a further 363 deaths had been confirmed across the UK, taking the total to 35,704.

21st May 2020 10:45am

16 green spaces you can enjoy in Lincoln

With unlimited exercise now permitted during lockdown, parks and green spaces in Lincoln are more enticing than ever with an abundance of picturesque scenery and wildlife to enjoy.

Some people have been making the most of the sunny weather, running in the local parks, walking their dogs and going for walks in other local places of natural beauty.

People are not permitted to meet in groups of more than two. They may see one person from another household outside if they keep at a two metre distance as per social distancing guidelines.

The Lincolnite has compiled a guide of highlights of places you can enjoy in and near Lincoln during lockdown and beyond. With a wide range of places to explore it should make social distancing easier.

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21st May 2020 1:17pm

Lincolnshire coronavirus mortuary still on standby for second wave

A Lincolnshire mortuary put in place in case hospitals were overwhelmed during the coronavirus crisis has not been needed, but is still on standby for a possible second wave.

The mortuary at RAF Woodhall Spa was part of preparations by the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum for worst case scenarios, in case of a massive rise in numbers of coronavirus fatalities.

Deputy Chief Officer at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Mark Baxter confirmed the 500 capacity facility was still in place.

“Fortunately we haven’t really needed that facility,” said Mr Baxter.

“We need to be mindful, however, that there is still slight uncertainty whether there’ll be a second wave of the virus, and so it’s only right that we still continue to have those contingency plans in place for us to be able to stand it up as and when we have a need.

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21st May 2020 2:44pm

COVID-19 data shows Lincolnshire’s most at-risk communities

New coronavirus data has highlighted the Lincolnshire districts with the highest number of vulnerable or ‘shielded’ residents.

Some 42,975 people in Greater Lincolnshire have been identified on the NHS Shielded Patient List, meaning heath conditions put them at high risk of complications if they contract the virus.

Those on the list received government letters instructing them to isolate for 12 weeks. They also receive extra help in the community to access essentials and medicine.

South Kesteven was the district with the highest number of shielded residents. Lincoln was the lowest.

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21st May 2020 3:10pm

Catering company helps Lincoln school produce face masks for free after machine breaks

A school in Lincoln which damaged its laser cutter by producing 4,000 face masks for key workers has been offered help by a local firm.

Sir Robert Pattinson academy has been involved in a relentless PPE distribution push since lockdown began, with staff making face masks in their thousands for police staff and NHS workers.

Their efforts have been halted by the breaking down of its laser cutting machine, just as they were beginning work on sneeze guards for the school.

An appeal launched by the school to see if any local companies could take on the job while the machine is being repaired, and prayers were answered emphatically.

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21st May 2020 3:23pm

Third day in a row without new COVID-19 linked deaths in Lincolnshire

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust has gone a third day without any further reported coronavirus-related deaths in its hospitals.

According to the latest government statistics, however, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals did see one additional death.

It is the third day in a row where no deaths have been reported in the official figures for Lincolnshire and the fifth time in two weeks.

So far, across Greater Lincolnshire, there have been 284 COVID-19 related deaths, 192 of which have been at trusts and care homes within Lincolnshire county.

Nationally, a further 187 people, who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 25,266.

21st May 2020 4:04pm

Coronavirus mental health support pushed as 1,300 calls received in first month of new helpline

A new mental health helpline received more than 1,300 calls last month as lockdown took its toll.

Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust’s (LPFT) number was launched in mid-march, just before the coronavirus crisis escalated.

This week is mental health awareness week and NHS providers and county leaders have been pushing the support which is available to people as the country looks to enter the 10th week of government restrictions – albeit with some relaxation of the rules.

Dr Ananta Dave, Medical Director at LPFT said: “As the situation evolves, there may be more people feeling isolated or vulnerable and in need of mental health and wellbeing support.

“With so much change taking place in people’s lives, we want to send a message that the NHS is here to support mental health and emotional wellbeing, with many options to choose from depending on people’s needs.”

Anyone who needs help is advised to call the LPFT helpline on 0800 001 4331.

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21st May 2020 5:26pm

Anti-body tests to be rolled out nationwide

The Government is to begin rolling out coronavirus anti-body tests in a phased approach starting with NHS staff, care homes and residents.

Health secretary Matt Hancock confirmed two contracts had been signed with major pharmaceutical companies to supply more than 10 million tests.

The UK-wide project will not only help people find out if they have anti-bodies, but will also help with research into the virus.

Mr Hancock warned: “We’re not yet in a position to say those who test positive are immune from COVID-19 but as our understanding of the disease improves, the insight these tests provide will be crucial.”

He cautioned, however, against people using antibody tests being sold by some retailers. He said some had not been fully-tested.

The results of a government study suggest around 17% of people in London and 5% in the rest of the country have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.

Mr Hancock also announced a new test was being trialled which could take 20 minutes to complete and get a result for, rather than the 2-3 days people currently have to wait.

He told the briefing that the number of tests carried out in the UK had now passed the there million mark.

Also during the meeting, Mr Hancock confirmed £4.2million for mental health charities.

21st May 2020 5:36pm

“Preparatory work” carried out ahead of coastal car parks reopening

East Lindsey District Council is carrying out “preparatory work” on its car parks ready to open them, however, still hasn’t confirmed if this will be in time for bank holiday.

Photos posted on social media by Skegness residents show yellow footprints marking social distances in the authority’s car parks.

However, ELDC has been reluctant to confirm the opening of its facilities, including public toilets, as it pushes a message that visitors are “not welcome” during the coronavirus pandemic.

Asked to confirm if the markings meant the car parks will be open for bank holiday and if any special measures will be put in place to cope, a spokesman said it was “preparatory work for when we do open them.”

Yesterday, authority leader Councillor Craig Leyland threatened to leave BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter Sean Dunderdale with “dead air” if he kept pushing over the fate of the areas toilets.

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22nd May 2020 10:43am

Lincolnshire health bosses excited by anti-body test roll-out

Health leaders in Lincolnshire say they are excited about the rollout of 10 million coronavirus anti-body tests announced by government leaders on Thursday.

Health secretary Matt Hancock announced during the government briefing that two contracts had been agreed with major pharmaceutical companies.

He also confirmed new tests to detect current symptoms were being developed which could take just 20-30 minutes to get a result, rather than the current two days.

Director of Public Health at Lincolnshire County Council Derek Ward said the tests would form a “key element” of the county’s research into the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’ll be a really key piece of our jigsaw in Lincolnshire to understand what proportion of people have been exposed to the virus.

“I will temper that, however, with a bit of caution that we’re still understanding better how much of an immune response that people need to have to be fully immune from any future infection or how long that immunity will last.”

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22nd May 2020 10:50am

Royal Mail convoy beep horns in thanks to St Barnabas Hospice

A convoy of Royal Mail vans made a special trip past St Barnabas Hospice on Nettleham Road in Lincoln, beeping their horns as a thank you to the key worker carers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Royal Mail workers have been under intense pressure during the coronavirus lockdown with nearly half of UK adults receiving more parcel deliveries since measures began.

As bells rang at 8pm on Thursday, May 21 at Lincoln Cathedral, Royal Mail vans took the time to drive past in tribute to the care workers, who clapped them on their way in a lovely video filmed by Amelia Chambers from St Barnabas Hospice.

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22nd May 2020 1:32pm

Wetherspoons plans to reopen in July with strict social distancing guidelines

Wetherspoons chief Tim Martin is planning to reopen all his pubs across the UK in July, outlining a long list of measures to observe social distancing.

The nationwide pub chain closed its doors on March 21 as a result of coronavirus lockdown, but is now planning ahead for a return.

The idea is for all 895 pubs to re-open, including the 19 in Greater Lincolnshire.

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22nd May 2020 1:44pm

COVID-19 forces Burghley Horse Trials cancellation for first time in over 50 years

The popular Burghley Horse Trials in Stamford has been cancelled for the first time in over 50 years due to the coronavirus crisis.

The three-day equestrian event at Burghley House, due to be held in September, is acknowledged globally by leading riders and was first established in 1961.

However, the current circumstances have forced organisers into action, who said it is with “great disappointment and sadness” that they have had to cancel the event.

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22nd May 2020 4:21pm

Fourth day without coronavirus-related hospital deaths in Lincolnshire

There have been no coronavirus related deaths recorded in Lincolnshire’s hospitals for the fourth day in a row.

The last 24 hours includes official records for hospitals across the wider Greater Lincolnshire area (Lincolnshire, North and North East Lincolnshire).

Nationally, however, a further 121 people who tested positive for coronavirus in hospitals in England have died, bringing the total to 25,387, and the national death toll across all settings to 36,393.

At the time of publication, the government’s number of local confirmed cases for today had not yet been released, however has, over the past week, remained largely below the five a day mark – only jumping by 18 on Wednesday as the government’s figures caught up – a total of 23 so far.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust boss Andrew Morgan has also taken to Twitter this afternoon to show that the trust has weeks of equipment left.

There is a caveat. Many health experts do believe numbers are higher, that some cases of COVID-19 have gone undetected and that the numbers will rise once registered deaths in the community and at home are finalised once this is over.

In total, Lincolnshire has had one of the lowest infection rates in the England.  Prior to today’s case numbers being released, it had a total of 1,063 cases – an infection rate of 140.6 per 100,000 of the population.

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22nd May 2020 4:50pm

Lincolnshire coast car parks open, but no toilets or overnight stays warns council

Council car parks along the coast are reopening ahead of the bank holiday weekend, authority leaders have confirmed.

However, council leaders have increased enforcement after reports of people staying overnight in motorhomes.

Both Lincolnshire County Council and East Lindsey District Council have confirmed the toilets along coastal beauty spots and in Skegness Foreshore have reopened.

However, the authority’s toilets are still closed at this time, despite complaints about people urinating and defecating in inappropriate places.

Mr Leyland said he was trying to balance the restrictions with the impacts on the most vulnerable residents.

Elsewhere, multiple reports of people staying overnight in motorhomes has seen the county council increase enforcement at its car parks in Chapel Six Marshes, Wolla Bank, Anderby Creek, Marsh Yard, Moggs Eye and Huttoft Car Terrace.

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22nd May 2020 5:22pm

International arrivals to face 14-day quarantine

Anyone entering the country will have to self-isolate under a 14-day quarantine from mid-June as part of new measures to “prevent a second wave” of coronavirus.

Home Secretary Priti Patel today announced the measures will begin from June 8 and those not complying could face £1,000 fine.

Foreign nationals could face being deported.

Under the plans, those arriving in the UK will have to provide details of their accommodation and any travel plans.

They will be told they should not leave their residence for 14 days, go to school, work or public areas, have friends or family to visit, or shop.

Police and border force will carry out random checks on the new arrivals to ensure they are complying with the quarantine.

“This is to protect that hard won progress and prevent a devastating resurgence and second wave of the virus,” said Ms Patel.

“I know families both at home and abroad are desperate to be reunited but by taking these steps we could potentially save more lives.”

She added that if the rate of infection from abroad increased, the penalties could increase.

Some exemptions will apply the Common Travel Area and specific sectors including road haulage and freight workers. Those coming to the UK to pick fruit will also be exempt.

22nd May 2020 5:34pm

Traffic levels return to pre-lockdown days amid warm weather

Traffic in Lincolnshire returned to pre-lockdown levels for the first time since March 21 on Thursday, officials have confirmed.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer and Deputy chairman of Lincolnshire Resilience Forum Mark Baxter could not give exact numbers, but confirmed that Thursday, which was recorded as the hottest day of the year so far, had been very busy.

“We’re getting into realms where the traffic was at the same levels as March 21 before we went into lockdown, so we are seeing an increase in traffic  and general activity across the county.

“It is anticipated because we know it’s the first bank holiday weekend coming up and the hottest day of the year so far, and particularly in the period when the restriction levels have been relaxed slightly.”

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22nd May 2020 5:36pm

Lincoln High Street barber fined for operating during lockdown

A Lincoln barber shop has been fined for breaching coronavirus lockdown rules by operating a business which should have been closed.

Locals told The Lincolnite that some barber shops in Lincoln were ignoring lockdown rules and were operating ‘underground’ and taking people inside shops through back door entrances.

One business has now been fined for breaching lockdown rules. Police visited Lincoln Barber Shop, located at 364 High Street, on May 16 where a man was given a fixed penalty notice. However, the amount fined was not disclosed by the time of publication.

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22nd May 2020 5:40pm

Lincoln charities get first batch of COVID-19 grants

Four charitable organisations in Lincolnshire have been the recipients of the first grants awarded as part of the Coronavirus crisis fund.

The Coronavirus response and recovery appeal was launched by the city of Lincoln council and the Lincolnshire community foundation to support charities affected by COVID-19.

The appeal aims to provide financial support to local organisations experiencing hardship during the pandemic.

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22nd May 2020 5:52pm

Lincolnshire police officers assaulted nearly 50 times during lockdown

Lincolnshire Police officers have been assaulted nearly 50 times during the coronavirus lockdown.

Between the start of lockdown on March 23 and May 5, the force recorded 47 assaults involving 38 suspects (some assaults were on multiple officers).

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23rd May 2020 3:06pm

Fifth day in a row with no COVID-19 deaths in Lincolnshire

24th May 2020 3:16pm

Five Lincolnshire COVID-19 deaths after five days without fatalities – and only one new case

Three deaths in Lincolnshire at ULHT and two in Northern Lincolnshire with NLAG

A spokesperson for ULHT said: “Sadly we can confirm that a further three 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 129. 

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