Lockdown Week 17: 436 Lincolnshire COVID-19 deaths, 3,413 local cases, 294,792 in the UK, 45,300 deaths

Rewind the week 17 coronavirus lockdown updates from Lincoln and Lincolnshire.

3,413 coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire (up from 3,404)

  • 2,477 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,2,472)
  • 728 in North Lincolnshire (up from 724)
  • 208 in North East Lincolnshire (no change)

437 COVID-19 deaths in Greater Lincolnshire (up from 436)

  • 142 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (up from 141)
  • 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)

294,792 cases, 45,300 deaths in total

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13th July 2020 10:06am

Weekend sees 12 new COVID-19 cases, but no deaths for 10 days

Greater Lincolnshire saw another 14 cases of coronavirus but also reached 10 days without any new reported hospital deaths over the weekend.

The latest government statistics show an additional 12 positive tests for Lincolnshire and two for North Lincolnshire by July 12.

North East Lincolnshire did not see an increase.

Today will see beauty salons, spas, tattoo parlours and nail bars welcome back clients after four months of closure as lockdown restrictions are eased again.

The total 3,383 cases break down as:

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

It means there had been an increase of 45 cases since the beginning of the week.

Nationally, the number of cases yesterday increased by 650 to 289,603, while the deaths toll went up by 21 to 44,819.

Lincolnshire also reached 10 days without any new COVID-19 related hospital deaths on Sunday.

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)

13th July 2020 2:42pm

11 days without COVID-19 deaths in Lincolnshire

There have been no new COVID-19 hospital deaths for 11 days in Greater Lincolnshire.

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 stand at 3,3383 for Greater Lincolnshire.

There were 14 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire over the weekend.

The latest government statistics showed an additional 12 cases for Lincolnshire, while North Lincolnshire saw two more.

North East Lincolnshire did not see an increase in figures.

13th July 2020 4:41pm

Three new Lincolnshire COVID-19 cases as PM says to wear masks in shops

There have been three new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Lincolnshire on Monday as the Prime Minister urged people to wear masks in shops.

Greater Lincolnshire saw 14 cases over the weekend of coronavirus but also reached 11 days without any new reported hospital deaths.

The latest government statistics show an additional three positive tests for Lincolnshire on Monday.

North and North East Lincolnshire did not see an increase.

The total 3,386 cases break down as:

  • 2,455 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,452)
  • 724 in North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 207 in North East Lincolnshire (no change)

Nationally, the number of cases increased by 530 to 290,133, while the deaths toll went up by 11 to 44,830.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson today said people in England “should be wearing” face coverings while inside shops.

The government is due to decide if enforcement might be needed.

Speaking while visiting hospital staff in London, Mr Johnson said: “I think people should be wearing [coverings] in shops.

“And, in terms of how we do that whether we make it mandatory or not, we’ll be looking at the guidance – we’ll be seeing a little bit more in the next few days.”

14th July 2020 10:48am

Face coverings to become mandatory – but more detail needed

Health bosses in Lincolnshire say they need more detail as wearing face coverings in shops and supermarkets becomes mandatory from July 24.

The government will announce later today (Tuesday) that those who fail to comply with the new rules will face up to £100 in fines.

Lincolnshire County Council’s assistant director of public health Tony McGinty said officials were “short on details” at the moment.

“My initial reaction is one of understanding that as places get more crowded and we have more freedoms we might not be able to keep distance, therefore face coverings might be a good thing to start doing,” he said.

However, he said bosses needed to know more including the type of face coverings needed or how the new rules might apply in other situations.

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14th July 2020 2:45pm

A dozen days without COVID-19 deaths in Greater Lincolnshire

There have been no new COVID-19 hospital deaths for 12 days in Greater Lincolnshire.

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)

Nationally, a further 26 people who tested positive for the coronavirus have died in hospitals in England bringing the total to 29,103.

The number of confirmed cases will be updated later today, but totals currently stand at 3,3386 for Greater Lincolnshire.

There were three new confirmed coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire on Tuesday while North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire did not see an increase in figures.

14th July 2020 5:22pm

No new coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire on Tuesday

There have been no new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire on Tuesday.

The latest government statistics show no additional positive tests for Lincolnshire, North or North East Lincolnshire.

It was confirmed today that wearing masks in shops would be mandatory from July 24.

Those who fail to do so from that date can face a £100 fine.

The total 3,386 cases for Greater Lincolnshire breaks down as:

  • 2,455 in Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 724 in North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 207 in North East Lincolnshire (no change)

Nationally, the number of cases increased by 398 to 291,373, while the deaths toll went up by 138 to 44,968.

Earlier today it was confirmed there had been no new COVID-19 hospital deaths for 12 days in Greater Lincolnshire.

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)

15th July 2020 2:38pm

13 days with no COVID-19 deaths in Greater Lincolnshire

There have been no new COVID-19 hospital deaths for 13 days in Greater Lincolnshire.

NHS statistics updated Wednesday 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 stand at 3,386 for Greater Lincolnshire.

Nationally, a further 22 people who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died in hospitals in England, bringing the total to 29,125.

There were no new cases yesterday, leaving the totals at.

  • 2,455 in Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 724 in North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 207 in North East Lincolnshire (no change)

There were three new confirmed coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire on Tuesday while North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire did not see an increase in figures.

15th July 2020 4:05pm

Boston Buzz Bingo shut in COVID-19 restructure

Buzz Bingo in Boston has been listed among 26 branches to permanently close in a proposed restructure of the retail business.

The firm closed its branches on March 21 due to the coronavirus crisis and said it “could never have expected this outcome”.

Chris Matthews, CEO of Buzz Bingo, said in a statement that the firm was planning a phased reopening of its clubs, starting with 12 on August 6.

He said “coronavirus has had a significant impact on our business and on the entire leisure and hospitality industry” and, as a result, 26 clubs will not reopen and will close permanently in a proposed restructure.

Read more here

15th July 2020 4:06pm

Fast food chains slash prices with VAT cut

McDonald’s, KFC, Starbucks and Wetherspoons are some of the chain businesses which are slashing prices from Wednesday after the government reduced VAT for certain sectors.

The temporary 5% reduced rate of VAT also applies for hospitality, hotel and holiday accommodation, and admissions to certain attractions. However, alcohol is excluded from the VAT cut.

The reduction from standard rate of 20% will be in place until January 12, 2021.

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15th July 2020 4:11pm

One in ten tested Lincolnshire hospitals staff had COVID-19

Over two thirds of staff at Lincolnshire hospitals have been tested for coronavirus antibodies, with around 10% of those tested showing they recovered from COVID-19.

Some 6,240 United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust staff (68.5%) of its 9,104 employees took the COVID-19 antibody test, which indicates if they had and recovered from a coronavirus infection.

610 staff tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, which represents 9.77% of the staff tested.

ULHT started the testing on Wednesday, June 3 and the data is up-to-date as of July 10.

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15th July 2020 4:22pm

One new COVID-19 case in Lincolnshire as no-death streak continues

There has been one new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Lincolnshire on Wednesday.

There was no increase in North or North East Lincolnshire.

The total 3,387 cases for Greater Lincolnshire breaks down as:

  • 2,456 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,455)
  • 724 in North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 207 in North East Lincolnshire (no change)

Nationally, the number of cases increased by 538 to 291,911, while the death toll went up by 85 to 45,053.

Earlier today it was confirmed there had been no new COVID-19 hospital deaths for 13 days in Greater Lincolnshire.

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)

16th July 2020 2:37pm

Two weeks without coronavirus deaths in Greater Lincolnshire

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

NHS statistics updated Thursday 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)

Nationally, a further 19 people who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died in hospitals in England, bringing the total to 29,144.

The number of confirmed cases will be updated later today, but totals currently stand at 3,387 for Greater Lincolnshire.

There was one new case yesterday, leaving the totals at.

  • 2,456 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,455)
  • 724 in North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 207 in North East Lincolnshire (no change)

16th July 2020 3:35pm

Youth unemployment in Lincolnshire surges in COVID-19 lockdown

Youth unemployment across Greater Lincolnshire has more than doubled in the last year with the months of coronavirus lockdown seeing the greatest increase.

The latest job figures from the Office of National Statistics show that there were 38,910 people claiming employment benefit last month compared to 18,895 in July last year.

For those aged 16-24, the figure was 8,210 last month compared to 4,095 last year – an increase of 4,115.

In both cases there was a sudden upsurge in claims from March onwards this year, with April’s figures being 50.89% higher in terms of youth unemployment.

Social justice charity Nacro said the figures “reflect an unfair burden on young people as they have born the brunt of the COVID-related economic downturn”.

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16th July 2020 4:39pm

Five new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Lincolnshire

There have been five new confirmed case of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire on Thursday.

The latest government statistics show the additional positive test for Lincolnshire.

There was no increase in North or North East Lincolnshire.

The total 3,392 cases for Greater Lincolnshire breaks down as:

  • 2,456 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,455)
  • 724 in North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 207 in North East Lincolnshire (no change)

Nationally, the number of cases increased by 642 to 292,552, while the death toll went up by 66 to 45,119.

Earlier today it was confirmed there had been no new COVID-19 hospital deaths for two weeks days in Greater Lincolnshire.

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)

16th July 2020 5:28pm

Lincolnshire MP speaks out against face mask rules

A Lincolnshire MP said proposals forcing people to wear face masks “just don’t make sense for Lincolnshire”.

Stores across Lincolnshire have been preparing to mask up after the government announced that it will become compulsory to wear a face covering while out shopping.

People will have to wear mask in shops from July 24 or face a £100 fine.

However, Sir Edward Leigh, MP for Gainsborough, said “forcing people to wear face masks isn’t the business of the Conservatives” who are “not an authoritarian party”.

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17th July 2020 11:39am

Third week without COVID-19 deaths in Lincolnshire care homes

There has been a third week without care home coronavirus-related deaths, Lincolnshire health bosses have confirmed, as well as a fortnight without COVID-19 deaths in the county’s hospitals.

Assistant director for public health Tony McGinty confirmed today that there had been another week without deaths in care homes in Lincolnshire.

Yesterday, the latest government figures also confirmed no further deaths in hospitals across the whole of Greater Lincolnshire, which includes Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

Mr McGinty said:”It’s something really positive to see as a continued trend rather than as a fluke, so we’re really pleased about that.

“The hospital numbers are really welcome, we continue to see low infection rates in Lincolnshire and low numbers of people becoming ill enough to risk death.

“Therefore no deaths, so all really positive or any positive picture at this point.”

He had some caution over the latest relaxation of lockdown rules, with face coverings becoming mandatory in shops from next week.

He acknowledged it might be difficult to convince people to wear the masks, but added: “There is a relationship between the safety measures you’re taking and the fact that we’ve got a low infection rate and haven’t had any deaths for a while.

“So people need to keep linking one back to the other. Our generally low infection rates are helping us, but they’re staying lower than other areas because people are continuing by and large to follow the rules to keep everyone safe.”

17th July 2020 1:00pm

Lincolnshire PCSO delivers in fight against COVID-19

A Lincolnshire PSCO has used some of the time when he’s not out on the beat to help with delivering PPE, testing kits, foods, medicines, and even Star Wars scrubs.

PCSO Dave Bunker patrols Skegness for Lincolnshire Police, but he has been going the extra mile to support the county during lockdown by also doing volunteer work for the Bike Shed Community Response.

Read more here

17th July 2020 2:33pm

15 days without coronavirus deaths in Lincolnshire hospitals

There have been no new COVID-19 hospital deaths for a 15 days in Greater Lincolnshire.

NHS statistics updated Friday 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)

Nationally, a further 16 people who tested positive for the coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,160.

17th July 2020 4:39pm

64 new COVID-19 cases in Lincolnshire this month

There have been 64 confirmed coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire since the beginning of the month.

The latest government statistics show an extra 12 cases in Lincolnshire and one in North East Lincolnshire for Friday.

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

The total 3,404 cases break down as:

  • 2,472 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,461)
  • 724 in North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 208 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 207)

It means there has been an increase of 21 cases since the beginning of the week.

North Lincolnshire has not seen an increase in its cases since the weekend when it rose by two from 722.

Prior to today, North East Lincolnshire had not seen a rise in nine days, the last increase being from 204 to 207 cases on July 7.

Nationally, the number of cases has risen by 687 to 293,239, while the deaths toll has increased by 114 to 45,233.

Since July 1 there have been an extra 1,556 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 64 extra cases.

Lincolnshire today reached 15 days without any new COVID-19 related hospital deaths and three 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)

20th July 2020 9:56am

First COVID-19 death in Lincolnshire in a fortnight

There has been a new COVID-19 death reported in Lincolnshire’s hospitals over the weekend, as well as nine new confirmed cases of coronavirus.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust’s statistics were updated on the NHS website on Sunday to include the additional death.

No other local hospitals trusts reported any additional figures.

The death brings to an end a two-week run across the whole of Greater Lincolnshire (including North and North East Lincolnshire) without fatalities and means the total number of deaths across the region’s hospitals now stands at 264.

The figures break down as:

  • 142 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (up from 141)
  • 3 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 118 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (no change)

There were nine additional cases of coronavirus confirmed in the weekend’s statistics with five in Lincolnshire and four in North Lincolnshire.

The current breakdown of the 3,413 cumulative confirmed cases since the pandemic started is as follows:

  • 2,477 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,2,472)
  • 728 in North Lincolnshire (up from 724)
  • 208 in North East Lincolnshire (no change)

Nationally the number of cases rose to 294,792, while the number of deaths increased to 45,300.