June 8, 2020 10.42 am This story is over 48 months old

Lincolnshire “in the right direction” after weekend without COVID-19 deaths

Health bosses said the news was what they expected and hoped for

A weekend without any further reported COVID-19 deaths means Lincolnshire has gone almost a week without Coronavirus fatalities in its hospitals.

The last reported fatality at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust was on Tuesday, June 2, and the number has remained at 139 (including Lincolnshire Community Health Service and Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust) since then.

There was just one reported new confirmed case released in official government figures over the weekend, taking the total to 1,121.

Director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council Derek Ward said: “Certainly the figures seem to be going in the right direction which is great, and what we hoped for and expected to a large extent”

A caveat was that sometimes data was delayed, however, he added: “We’ve still got the lowest rates across the Midlands so everything is is looking positive in terms of reducing numbers both in Lincolnshire and across the country.

“I’d reiterate though that this isn’t the time to be complacent we’ve got to make sure we continue to stick by the rules, and a key part of that is keeping two metres social distance to protect ourselves.”

Figures from Cambridge University over the weekend estimated that the Midlands R number – the rate of infection – was 0.94 compared to the national 0.7-0.9.

However, Mr Ward was keen to point out that Lincolnshire had the lowest infection rate in the region outside of Rutland and although the R number cannot be accurately worked out for the county he believed it to be much lower.

Across Greater Lincolnshire the northern authorities also saw no further deaths reported, leaving Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals with 114 deaths.

Three further cases were confirmed – two in North Lincolnshire (519 total) and one in North East Lincolnshire (158).

Sunday saw the lowest number of deaths reported across the UK.

The government confirmed 77 people had been reported as COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the UK total to 40,542.

Nationally, the number of confirmed cases is 286,194.