Lockdown Week 16: 436 Lincolnshire COVID-19 deaths, 3,383 local cases, 289,603 in the UK, 44,819 deaths

Rewind the week 16 coronavirus lockdown updates from Lincoln and Lincolnshire.

3,383 coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire (up from 3,369)

  • 2,452 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,440)
  • 724 in North Lincolnshire (up from 722)
  • 207 in North East Lincolnshire (no change)

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)

289,603 cases, 44,819 deaths in total

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6th July 2020 10:51am

No weekend COVID-19 deaths, but small rise in cases “inevitable”

Lincolnshire’s health boss says “it is inevitable” that small rises in confirmed coronavirus cases will continue over the coming months.

There were no deaths in hospitals reported for Greater Lincolnshire over the weekend, meaning the total is 436.

However, there were nine new confirmed cases of coronavirus: seven in Lincolnshire, and one each in North and North East Lincolnshire.

Derek Ward, Lincolnshire County Council’s director for public health said: “It is inevitable. We do not have a vaccine, we will continue to see infections because people will, even if we didn’t have it at all in Lincolnshire, move around the country and some people will be travelling around the world.

“They will bring infection back, so the whole point of the test and trace programme now is to keep a very close eye on the numbers, and where we do start to see an increase in cases we’ll work very closely with those communities.

“I think that will be the pattern throughout the summer and early autumn, and it really is at that point that I’m going to be paying particular attention to whether we’re seeing increased cases.”

Lincolnshire currently has the lowest infection rate in the Midlands outside of Rutland.

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6th July 2020 3:15pm

Fourth day without COVID-19 deaths in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire has had four consecutive days without any new COVID-19 related hospital deaths on Monday.

NHS statistics updated this afternoon show there have been no further deaths reported at any of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust facilities.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Trust has also not seen any new coronavirus-related deaths reported.

The figures are currently:

  • 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)

The last time ULHT figures were not updated with any new deaths for longer than 4 days was between June 9 and June 22, however, a death on June 8 had been revised from a previous date and the trust had actually not had any further deaths since the beginning of June.

Nationally, a further 15 people who tested positive for the coronavirus have died in hospitals in England, bringing the total to 28,904.

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6th July 2020 4:11pm

New COVID-19 data charts Lincolnshire cases

New charts released by the government show the rise and fall of daily coronavirus cases across Lincolnshire’s district councils.

The COVID-19 dashboard now includes breakdowns of how the virus has progressed, broken down up to local authority level. They include Pillar 1 and 2 data.

It comes as government hopes to identify new outbreaks and lock them down locally rather than nationally, as was the case in Leicester.

The information does not show Lincolnshire as a whole, however the county’s capital Lincoln shows a peak of nine cases confirmed on May 5.

Lincoln’s graph as of July 6.

The seven-day average for the city only once peaked above four, reaching 5.3 on one occasion.

As of July 5, the city had confirmed 251 cases overall.

The area with the highest number of cases is South Holland with 698.

The district’s chart in this instance shows a gradual peak and downward trend, however, it peaked with 51 cases on May 7, with other days hitting 43 and 33 new cases. The highest seven-day average peaked to 24.7 on May 9.

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6th July 2020 4:53pm

No new coronavirus cases on Monday in Lincolnshire

There have been no new confirmed coronavirus cases added to Lincolnshire’s figures for Monday.

The latest government statistics, updated at 3.55pm, show no changes to the case numbers for Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire or North East Lincolnshire.

The total 3,343 cases break down as: 

  • 2,420 in Lincolnshire
  • 717 in North Lincolnshire
  • 204 in North East Lincolnshire

The news follows a weekend which saw cases rise by nine across Greater Lincolnshire.

Nationally, the number of cases has risen to 285,768, while the deaths toll has increased to 44,236.

Lincolnshire today saw a fourth day without any new COVID-19 related hospital deaths.

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7th July 2020 10:45am

New breakdown shows COVID-19 deaths in Lincolnshire districts

New government data has revealed a breakdown of coronavirus related deaths by local authority in Lincolnshire.

The data on the COVID-19 dashboard shows South Holland has suffered the most with 59 deaths, followed closely by South Kesteven with 58.

West Lindsey has seen the least deaths in Lincolnshire with 19. Lincoln had 32 deaths recorded.

The authority, along with North East Lincolnshire, is one of the 10 lowest-affected councils in the UK with a rate of 19.8 per 100,000 of the population. North East Lincolnshire has a rate of 21.9 per 100,000.

Death reports include the total number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 by the data publication date.

The data does not include those who had COVID-19 but had not been tested, or people who tested negative and subsequently caught the virus and died.

Deaths of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 could in some cases be due to a different cause.

The number of deaths on the government’s website, which comes from NHS England, Public Health Protection Teams and other healthcare and commercial labs, totals 434 – two fewer than the latest figures previously suggested.

However, government data has on occasions proven unreliable, and has later been revised to, for instance, remove double counting or those from other postcode areas.

Recent government data has also shown the breakdown of cases to testing and charted how cases progressed throughout Greater Lincolnshire.

The full breakdown is as follows:

  • Boston – 39
  • East Lindsey – 55
  • Lincoln – 32
  • NKDC – 38
  • South Holland – 59
  • South Kesteven – 58
  • West Lindsey – 19
  • Total 300
  • North East Lincs – 35
  • North Lincolnshire – 99
  • Total 134

7th July 2020 11:11am

Alternative Lincoln freshers’ week planned as club nights on hold

Students starting university in Lincoln this autumn won’t be able to enjoy the traditional freshers’ week experience due to the coronavirus crisis, but there are plans to organise alternatives including an outdoor cinema.

The University of Lincoln’s Students’ Union said regular freshers’ week events such as fayres, gigs and club nights in the Engine Shed will not take place.

All events of this nature are on hold so the SU will not be selling any tickets ahead of the new academic year.

Instead, online and on-campus events, including an outdoor cinema, food markets and virtual fayres, will be organised.

Read more here

7th July 2020 3:09pm

Fifth day without COVID-19 hospital deaths in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire has had five consecutive days without any new COVID-19 related hospital deaths on Tuesday.

NHS statistics updated this afternoon show there have been no further deaths reported at any of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust facilities.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Trust has also not seen any new coronavirus-related deaths reported.

The figures are currently:

  • 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)

The last time ULHT figures were not updated with any new deaths for longer than five days was between June 9 and June 22, however, a death on June 8 had been revised from a previous date and the trust had actually not had any further deaths since the beginning of June.

Nationally, a further 36 people who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died in hospitals in England, bringing the total to 28,940.

The number of confirmed cases will be updated later today, but totals currently 3,343 total for Greater Lincolnshire.

Monday saw no new cases confirmed across the region, leaving the breakdown as follows:

  • 2,420 in Lincolnshire
  • 717 in North Lincolnshire
  • 204 in North East Lincolnshire

7th July 2020 4:51pm

14 new COVID-19 cases in Greater Lincolnshire on Tuesday

There have been 14 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire’s figures on Tuesday.

The latest government statistics show an additional nine cases for Lincolnshire, while North and North East Lincolnshire have both seen an extra three cases each.

The total 3,357 cases break down as:

  • 2,429 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,420)
  • 720 in North Lincolnshire (up from 717)
  • 207 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 204)

These are the first new cases since the weekend.

Nationally, the number of cases has risen to 286,349, while the deaths toll has increased to 44,391.

Lincolnshire today saw a fifth day without any new COVID-19 related hospital deaths.

The last time ULHT figures were not updated with any new deaths for longer than 14 days was between June 9 and June 22.

The figures are currently:

  • 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)

8th July 2020 10:26am

Lincoln restaurant shuts after COVID-19 pressures

A family restaurant in Lincoln has closed after over three decades in business as pressures of the coronavirus crisis forced it into liquidation.

JayDees next to Wilkinsons on Waterside South first opened under the name Poppins in 1986 when it was set up by Susan and John Downs. It changed its name to JayDees in 1997 before the couple sold it to new owners from the Sheffield area in 2014.

Shaun Holman, who has been the manager for 10 years, told The Lincolnite that due to the ongoing bills with the business and the latest government restrictions, they would lose 40%-50% of their capacity so the owners decided it was no longer viable.

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8th July 2020 3:27pm

Sixth day without COVID-19 deaths in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire has entered its sixth consecutive days without any new COVID-19 related hospital deaths on Wednesday.

NHS statistics updated this afternoon show there have been no further deaths reported at any of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust facilities.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Trust has also not seen any new coronavirus-related deaths reported meaning the total for Greater Lincolnshire hospitals remains at 263.

The figures are currently:

  • 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)

The number of confirmed cases will be updated later today, but totals currently 3,357 for Greater Lincolnshire.

Tuesday saw an increase of 15 cases confirmed across the region, leaving the breakdown as follows:

  • 2,429 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,420)
  • 720 in North Lincolnshire (up from 717)
  • 207 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 204)

8th July 2020 4:53pm

Nine new COVID-19 cases in Lincolnshire on Wednesday

There have been nine new confirmed coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire’s figures on Wednesday.

The latest government statistics show an additional eight cases for Lincolnshire, while North Lincolnshire saw one more.

North East Lincolnshire did not see an increase in today’s figures.

The total 3,365 cases break down as:

  • 2,437 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,429)
  • 71 in North Lincolnshire (up from 720)
  • 207 in North East Lincolnshire (no)

It means there has been an increase of 24 cases since the beginning of the week.

Nationally, the number of cases has risen by 630 to 286,979, while the deaths toll has increased by 126 to 44,517.

Lincolnshire today saw a sixth day without any new COVID-19 related hospital deaths.

The last time ULHT figures were not updated with any new deaths for longer than 14 days was between June 9 and June 22.

The figures are currently:

  • 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)

8th July 2020 5:28pm

Lincoln coronavirus survivor praises hospital for saving his life

A 76-year-old man who spent 81 days in hospital in Lincoln has now recovered from coronavirus and wanted to say a big thank you to the staff who saved his life.

Frank William Smith, who is known by his friends and family as Billy, was admitted to Lincoln County Hospital on April 13 with respiratory issues.

Within a few days of being in hospital, he was given a test for coronavirus which came back positive.

Frank spent a lot of time under a ventilator and, after 81 days in hospital, including 71 in ICU and time on the Navenby and Carlton/Coleby Wards, he tested negative for the virus and was discharged to return home on July 2.

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9th July 2020 10:17am

Lincoln Christmas Market 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus

The city council has cancelled the 2020 Lincoln Christmas Market due to the ongoing threat of the global coronavirus pandemic.

The City of Lincoln Council said this was “to ensure the safety of all those visiting and operating the market.”

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9th July 2020 2:42pm

No COVID-19 hospitals deaths in a week in Greater Lincolnshire

There have been no new COVID-19 hospital deaths in a week in Greater Lincolnshire.

The county entered its seventh consecutive day without any new coronavirus related hospital deaths on Thursday.

NHS statistics updated this afternoon show there have been no further deaths reported at any of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust facilities.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Trust has also not seen any new coronavirus-related deaths reported, meaning the total for Greater Lincolnshire hospitals remains at 263.

Nationally, a further 22 people who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died in hospitals in England bringing the total to 28,991.

The figures are currently:

  • 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)

The number of confirmed cases will be updated later today, but totals currently stand at 3,365 for Greater Lincolnshire.

Wednesday saw an increase of nine cases confirmed across the region, bringing the total to 24 this week and leaving the breakdown as follows:

  • 2,437 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,429)
  • 721 in North Lincolnshire (up from 720)
  • 207 in North East Lincolnshire (no change)

10th July 2020 8:46am

Four new COVID-19 cases in Greater Lincolnshire on Thursday

There have been four new confirmed coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire on Thursday.

The latest government statistics show an additional three cases for Lincolnshire, while North Lincolnshire saw one more.

North East Lincolnshire did not see an increase in today’s figures.

The total 3,369 cases break down as:

  • 2,440 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,437)
  • 722 in North Lincolnshire (up from 721)
  • 207 in North East Lincolnshire (no change)

It means there has been an increase of 28 cases since the beginning of the week.

Nationally, the number of cases has risen by 642 to 287,621, while the deaths toll has increased by 85 to 44,602.

Lincolnshire today reached a week without any new COVID-19 related hospital deaths.

The last time ULHT figures were not updated with any new deaths for longer than 14 days was between June 9 and June 22.

The figures are currently:

  • 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)

Nationally, a further 22 people who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died in hospitals in England bringing the total to 28,991.

10th July 2020 8:47am

Gyms, beauty salons and outdoor music in latest lockdown easing

Artists, musicians and dancers will be able to start performing outdoors from this weekend.

Outdoor pools are also set to reopen this Saturday while recreational sport such as cricket, basketball and five-a-side football will also be restarted.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden revealed the news during a briefing on Thursday in which he signalled further lockdown easing.

“Normal life is slowly returning and this is an important for our performing artists,” he said.

“Our artists deserve an audience and now they will be getting one.”

Test pilots of indoor performances will be taking place in the near future in order to figure out how to get them back open.

Beauticians, spas, tattoists, and tanning salons will also be able to reopen from Monday.

Indoor gyms, pools and leisure centres will be allowed to reopen in two weeks time on July 25.

“Exercise is incredibly important,” said Mr Dowden.

“Even at the height of the lockdown it was considered essential.”

As with many of the relaxations, the above will feature a number of restrictions including reduced venue sizes, reduced class sizes, timed bookings and enhanced cleaning.

Mr Dowden warned that if the measures weren’t kept to they were reversible if necessary.

10th July 2020 10:50am

Lincolnshire health boss expecting second COVID-19 wave in the autumn

Lincolnshire’s health boss is still expecting a second wave of COVID-19 in the autumn but has said “no-one’s got a crystal ball” as major events continue to be cancelled.

The comments come as the City of Lincoln Council announced yesterday it was cancelling this year’s Christmas Market, due to take place December 3-6, following concerns over the large footfall.

Some residents questioned if it was “too early” for the decision to be made.

Lincolnshire County Council’s director of public health Derek Ward said it was a decision for the council to make, but added: “nobody’s got a crystal ball, nobody knows where we’ll be in December.”

Mr Ward confirmed a “feast” of new data passed to his team showed that between July 1-7, 4,000 Pillar 2 tests had been done at Lincolnshire Showground (and home tests), the mobile units and through home testing – around 20% of the Showground’s capacity.

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10th July 2020 1:37pm

New street cafe rules “vital” in recovery from COVID-19

New legislation that allows restaurants to set up on pavements will be “vital” to the helping rebuild business in the city centre.

City of Lincoln Council leaders have voted to take control of the new rules which, when they are approved by government, will attempt to streamline the ability of businesses to get licences to place furniture on the footpath outside their premises.

The move is one of the measures from central government hoping to help kickstart the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strategic director Simon Walters said: “We see this tool as being vital in how we regulate those businesses coming back on stream.

“We want to make sure this is as flexible as possible but which is within the ethos we have created.

“People are still a bit reluctant to meet and socialise inside, so this enables people to meet, buy a coffee, go for a drink and reinforce that sense of safety and community.”

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10th July 2020 2:34pm

No COVID-19 deaths for eight days in Lincolnshire

There have been no new COVID-19 hospital deaths for eight days in Greater Lincolnshire – while care homes haven’t had any in two weeks either.

The county entered its eighth consecutive day without any new coronavirus related hospital deaths on Friday.

NHS statistics updated this afternoon show there have been no further deaths reported at any of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust facilities.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Trust has also not seen any new coronavirus-related deaths reported, meaning the total for Greater Lincolnshire hospitals remains at 263.

Nationally, a further 22 people who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died in England hospitals, bringing the total to 29,013.

Lincolnshire County Councils director for public health Derek Ward earlier today told Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Jaines there had also been no care home deaths reported for two weeks.

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10th July 2020 3:55pm

First Lincolnshire pub to close due to COVID-19 staff symptoms

The Elm Cottage pub in Gainsborough has closed less than a week after reopening, due to a staff member displaying symptoms of coronavirus.

The Elm Cottage on Church Street, Gainsborough, reopened on July 4 with strict table service and limited numbers.

The member of staff went for a test on Friday morning, after developing “mild” symptoms of the virus.

Read the full story here

10th July 2020 4:59pm

43 new COVID-19 cases in Lincolnshire since start of July

There have been 43 confirmed coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire since the beginning of the month.

The latest government statistics show an additional three cases for Lincolnshire for Friday.

North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire did not see an increase in today’s figures.

The total 3,337 cases break down as:

  • 2,443 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,440)
  • 722 in North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 207 in North East Lincolnshire (no change)

It means there has been an increase of 31 cases since the beginning of the week.

Nationally, the number of cases has risen by 512 to 288,133, while the deaths toll has increased by 48 to 44,650.

Since July 1 there have been an extra 1,524 cases confirmed across Greater Lincolnshire  – mainly due to a large dump of pillar two data (that from testing sites, mobile units and home testing kits) on July 2.

However, breaking down the figures including checking July 2 in isolation on the government’s COVID dashboard shows 43 extra cases.

Lincolnshire County Council’s director of public health Derek Ward said between July 1-7, 4,000 Pillar 2 tests had been done through the Lincolnshire Showground, the mobile units and home testing – around 20% of the Showground’s capacity.

Of those, just 17 came back positive – 0.4% – with a further seven being confirmed through Lincolnshire’s hospitals.

Lincolnshire today reached eight days without any new COVID-19 related hospital deaths and two weeks without a death in one of its care homes.

The figures are currently:

  • 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)