Lockdown Week 15: 436 Lincolnshire coronavirus deaths, 3,343 local cases, 285,416 in the UK, 44,220 deaths

Rewind the week 15 coronavirus lockdown updates from Lincoln and Lincolnshire.

3,343 coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire (up from 3,334)

  • 2,420 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,413)
  • 717 in North Lincolnshire (up from 716)
  • 204 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 203)

436 COVID-19 deaths in Greater Lincolnshire (no change)

  • 141 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (no change)
  • 3 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 118 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (no change)
  • 114 in Lincolnshire care homes (no change)
  • 52 in North Lincolnshire care homes (no change)
  • 7 in North East Lincolnshire care homes (no change)

285,416 cases, 44,220 deaths in total

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29th June 2020 11:21am

‘Virus hasn’t gone away’: One death and one new COVID-19 case in Lincolnshire this weekend

This weekend saw one additional reported COVID-19 related death in Lincolnshire and one further case confirmed bringing the totals to 144 deaths and 1,149 cases.

Health officials in the county warned the virus “hasn’t gone away” despite low numbers across the county recently.

Lincolnshire County Council’s director of public health pointed to Leicester potentially facing a “local lockdown”, along with spikes elsewhere in the world such as Beijing, parts of the USA and areas of India.

Leicester saw a rise of 900 cases in just two weeks. Lincolnshire has recorded 38 so far this month – just 4.2% of the city’s figure.

Mr Ward said: “Obviously, it’s a tragedy that people are still dying from COVID-19, but the numbers are low, and have certainly gone lower over the past month, so that’s great.

“But the disease hasn’t gone away, and we need to keep that message in the forefront of people’s minds, because we’ve seen spikes all over the world – in some places where they thought that got on top of it.”

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29th June 2020 3:11pm

One new coronavirus death in Northern Lincolnshire hospitals

There has been one new COVID-19 related death at either Grimsby or Scunthorpe hospitals, but no further fatalities in Lincolnshire on Monday.

The June 29 NHS statistics bring the total number of people to die after testing positive for coronavirus in Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals to 117.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust remains unchanged at 140 deaths after one additional report over the weekend, along with three at Lincolnshire Community Health Service and one at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust facilities.

North Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals has seen eight deaths in June so far, while ULHT has seen an extra six over the course of the month.

North and North East Lincolnshire has seen a combined rise of 20 confirmed cases since June 1, while Lincolnshire has seen an increase of 38.

Nationally, a further 19 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died in England hospitals, bringing the total to 28,672.

29th June 2020 3:14pm

Patient visits to resume at Lincolnshire community hospitals

Family and friends will be able to see their loved ones staying in Lincolnshire’s four community hospitals when patient visiting resumes on July 1.

The Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) is the primary community healthcare provider in the county and runs facilities in Louth, Skegness, Gainsborough and Pinchbeck.

In March, the trust made the decision to suspend visiting arrangements with immediate effect, but they will resume again from Wednesday.

All visitors will be required to book an appointment in advance by contacting the ward clerk before visiting the impatient wards.

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29th June 2020 4:57pm

No new Lincolnshire coronavirus cases on Monday

There have been no new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Lincolnshire today.

According to government figures for Wednesday the total for the county remains at 1,149.

North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire numbers have also stayed steady at 424 and 166 respectively.

It means the total for the Greater Lincolnshire area stays the same at 1,839.

The North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire authorities have seen a combined rise of 20 confirmed cases since June 1.

Lincolnshire itself has seen an increase of 38 over the same period.

One new coronavirus-related death was reported at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Trust today bringing the total number to 117.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust remained unchanged at 140 deaths.

North Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals has seen eight deaths in June so far, while ULHT has seen an extra six over the course of the month.

Nationally, a further 19 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died in England hospitals, bringing the total to 28,672.

30th June 2020 3:18pm

No new coronavirus deaths in Lincolnshire on Tuesday

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported at any of Greater Lincolnshire’s hospitals on June 30.

This mean that for the month of June, there were six COVID-19 deaths at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (Lincoln, Boston Grantham) and 8 at Northern Lincolnshire hospitals (Scunthorpe, Grimsby).

NHS statistics for Tuesday show figures for all hospital trusts remaining as follows:

  • 140 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust
  • 3 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust
  • 117 in Northern Lincolnshire and Goole

The total number of deaths across Greater Lincolnshire remains at 332.

ULHT has not seen any additional reported deaths since Saturday’s report, however, NLAG reported an additional one yesterday taking their number up.

Nationally, a further 37 people who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died in England’s hospitals, bringing the total to 28,709.

Updated case numbers will be released later today, however, according to government figures for Monday the total for Lincolnshire remained at 1,149.

North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire numbers also stayed steady at 424 and 166 respectively.

It meant the total for the Greater Lincolnshire area stays the same at 1,839.

1st July 2020 10:54am

Lincolnshire to see “significant” increase in COVID-19 cases — from old data

Health bosses expect a “significant” jump in the number of confirmed positive cases in the next few days as data from the Lincolnshire Showground and mobile testing units is revealed.

Previously local authority’s only received pillar one data (from hospitals and healthcare testing) but government is now sending out pillar two data – community testing such as the Lincolnshire Showground and mobile testing units as well, leaving health officials in the region to sift through the new numbers.

Derek Ward, director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We would expect a significant number of people will have tested positive in Lincolnshire through the Showground and the mobile testing units, and that data should be available to us quite soon and we’ll report it.”

He said the data was still being worked through and official numbers should be revealed in the coming days.

However, he reassured people that those in pillar two were those being tested before needing NHS care and that a “a lot of people… who are positive will isolate and will have cleared the virus themselves and not needed hospital care”.

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1st July 2020 2:55pm

July starts with no COVID-19 deaths in Lincolnshire

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported across Greater Lincolnshire on July 1.

NHS statistics for Wednesday show figures for all hospital trusts as follows:

  • 140 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust
  • 3 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust
  • 117 in Northern Lincolnshire and Goole

The total for Greater Lincolnshire remains at 332 for the second day in the row and the first day of the month.

Nationally, a further 50 people who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died, in England’s hospitals bringing the total to 28,759.

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1st July 2020 3:52pm

Council leaders ask for common sense on the coast ahead of pubs reopening

Two Lincolnshire council leaders say “common sense” and “reasonable adjustments” are needed when visiting the coast, especially with many pubs and restaurants reopening this weekend.

Thousands of people flocked to Bournemouth beach last week and during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Boris Johnson said the scenes in the coastal town were “completely unacceptable”.

There are some fears that people could flock to the Lincolnshire coast this weekend, including from Leicester which was recently put back into a stricter lockdown. However, Lincolnshire Police will have more officers on duty to ensure a “sensible and safe” July 4 return.

Councillor Martin Hill and Craig Leyland, who are the respective leaders at Lincolnshire County Council and East Lindsey District Council, have issued a joint statement saying “we are a long way away from returning to normal”.

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2nd July 2020 11:12am

South Kesteven council calls for more power as it demands restoration of A&E

South Kesteven councillors have called for more say in the decisions around Grantham Hospital as they demanded the full restoration of accident and emergency services.

A meeting of the full council on Wednesday expressed “grave concerns” over ULHT’s temporary closure of the department in 2016, which has been turned into a Urgent Treatment Centre in June 2020 as part of the trust’s coronavirus plans.

The motion before the meeting called on council leader Kelham Cooke to write to health and scrutiny bosses with concerns, as well as calling on Health Minister Matt Hancock to reverse the changes and give local authorities “fair representation” on the “decision-making affecting health in their communities”.

During the meeting, council leader Kelham Cooke said “alarm bells” were ringing and the motion sent a “clear indication of this council’s dismay”.

“The issue goes beyond the provision of an around-the-clock urgent treatment centre.

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2nd July 2020 2:54pm

Two new COVID-19 deaths at Greater Lincolnshire hospitals

There have been two new coronavirus-related deaths reported across Greater Lincolnshire hospitals on July 2.

NHS statistics for Thursday show figures for all hospital trusts as follows:

  • 141 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (up from 140)
  • 3 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust
  • 118 in Northern Lincolnshire and Goole (up from 117)

The total for Greater Lincolnshire is now 334.

Nationally, a further 35 people who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died in hospitals in England bringing the total to 28,794.

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2nd July 2020 4:38pm

Councils to get extra cash to cover some coronavirus losses

Greater Lincolnshire councils cash-strapped by coronavirus will be able to claim from more than £500m of new government funding pots and be compensated for some of their losses, it has been announced.

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick said the money would help “ensure councils’ financial sustainability for the future”.

In addition, authorities will be reimbursed for some of their lost income, said Mr Jenrick.

Where losses are more than 5% of a council’s planned income from sales, fees and charges, the government will cover them for 75p in every pound lost.

Further government changes will also allow tax deficits to be spread over three years rather than one.

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2nd July 2020 10:14pm

New data shows over 80% old extra COVID-19 cases in Lincolnshire

The number of cases of coronavirus confirmed in Lincolnshire’s hospitals has increased by more than 1,400 (80%) after new testing figures were included on Wednesday.

Government figures released today show that a total of 3,328 coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire including both pillar one (hospital and health care testing), and historic pillar two (fixed testing sites, mobile and home testing) data.

They are broken down as follows

  • 2,410 in Lincolnshire (up from 1,158)
  • 715 in North Lincolnshire (up from 524)
  • 203 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 166)

The total increase including the data was 1,480.

Nationally there have now been 283,757 cases and 43,995 deaths.

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3rd July 2020 10:42am

New COVID-19 data shows infection still limited in Lincolnshire

Around 3% of historic COVID-19 tests carried out at the Lincolnshire Showground, mobile testing units and through home kits since the beginning of the pandemic have come back positive according to latest data.

Last night, government’s confirmed cases figures for Lincolnshire rose by 1,252 (80%) to a total of 2,410 after historic community testing was included in the data following weeks of badgering by local health bosses.

The total for Greater Lincolnshire was 3,328 coronavirus cases including both pillar one (hospital and health care testing), and pillar two (fixed testing sites, mobile and home testing) data.

Lincolnshire’s director of public health Derek Ward said it was really helpful to now have much of the required data in one place – though more was still needed for a fuller picture.

He said: “It’s really important that we know how many people in hospital have coronavirus because obviously they’re generally the most sick and the most at risk people, and we’ve had that from very early doors.

“But it’s really important as well to understand how many people are isolated and then going to get a test and how many of those positive.”

Health bosses also now have data at a post-code level meaning they will soon be able to see where hotspots are flaring up across the county.

According to health chiefs in the county, 40,870 pillar two tests were carried out between April and June 30 – meaning the 1,252 confirmed cases represent 3.06% of tests carried out.

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3rd July 2020 2:44pm

No new COVID-19 hospital deaths on Friday

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported across Greater Lincolnshire hospitals on July 2.

NHS statistics for Thursday show figures for all hospital trusts as follows:

  • 141 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (no change)
  • 3 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 118 in Northern Lincolnshire and Goole (no change)

The total for Greater Lincolnshire hospital deaths is now is now 263.

So far this week there have been three additional deaths involving COVID-19 reported in Lincolnshire’s hospitals, with NLAG seeing new cases on June 29 and July 2 – the latter date also saw ULHT record a new death.

Nationally, a further 38 people, who tested positive for the coronavirus have died in hospitals in England on Friday, bringing the total to 28,832.

The Office for National Statistics today also revealed the latest death toll for care homes across Lincolnshire.

There have now been 173 deaths in the sector across the three Greater Lincolnshire authorities – meaning the overall death toll across hospitals and the care sector is 436.

Updated case numbers will be released later today, however, yesterday’s release of previously unreported pillar two cases – those from testing sites such as the Lincolnshire Showground, the mobile units and home testing – the number of cases in Lincolnshire jumped to 2,410 – up from 1,158 the day before.

North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire numbers also increased to 715 and 203 respectively.

It means the total for the Greater Lincolnshire is now 3,328.

3rd July 2020 5:00pm

Lincoln bars and pubs ready for reopening weekend

Bars, pubs and restaurants in and around Lincoln are getting ready to reopen on Saturday as the country tries to gradually ease back into a kind of ‘new normal’ after more than 100 days of coronavirus lockdown.

Several venue will be doing table service only and minimal staff contact is encouraged as part of the government guidelines, while some are allowing socially distanced ordering at the bar behind protective screens.

The Lincolnite spoke to the managers at Craft and The Imp & Angel micropub about how they planned to reopen on July 4.

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3rd July 2020 5:06pm

Four COVID-19 cases confirmed in Lincolnshire on Friday

The number of cases of coronavirus confirmed in Lincolnshire has increased by four in Friday’s figures.

Government figures released today show that a total of 3,334 coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire including both pillar one (hospital and health care testing), and pillar two (fixed testing sites, mobile and home testing) data.

They are broken down as follows

  • 2,413 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,410)
  • 716 in North Lincolnshire (up from 715)
  • 203 in North East Lincolnshire (no change)

It follows a massive 80% hike in numbers after historical pillar two data was included in Thursday’s numbers.

At the beginning of the week there were 1,839 cases.

Nationally there have now been 284,276 cases and 44,131 deaths.

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3rd July 2020 5:30pm

Five stages of future local lockdowns announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced five key stages which will define local lockdowns as the country looks to move forward against coronavirus.

Mr Johnson said during a briefing on Friday that an approach around monitoring, engaging, testing, targeted restrictions and finally lockdowns had been developed.

He said the aim was to get as many people back to normal as possible.

“To achieve this we need to move away from blanket national measures to targeted local measures,” he said.

“So instead of locking down the whole country we will lock down specific premises or local areas where the virus is spreading.”

He said he would have “no hesitation” in reimposing restrictions if things began to get worse again.

He urged people to act responsibly as pubs, bars and restaurants re-opened tomorrow.

“Tomorrow is about supporting the livelihoods of business owners and their employees up and down the country – all of whom are opening their doors for the first time in more than three months,” he said.

“All these businesses and their workers have put in a heroic effort to prepare their venues for this reopening, to work out a way to trade in a way that keeps their customers safe.”

A timetable is expected next week for when many of the remaining closed businesses such as gyms, nail bars and theatres will be able to reopen.