Lockdown Week 18: 438 Lincolnshire COVID-19 deaths, 3,446 local cases, 299,426 in the UK, 45,752 deaths

Follow the latest coronavirus lockdown updates from Lincoln and Lincolnshire.

3,446 coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire (up from 3,430)

  • 2,500 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,486)
  • 733 in North Lincolnshire (up from 731)
  • 213 in North East Lincolnshire (no change)

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

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

454 COVID-19 deaths from Greater Lincolnshire postcodes

  • 315 from Lincolnshire
  • 104 from North Lincolnshire
  • 35 from North East Lincolnshire

299,426 cases, 45,752 deaths in total

DATA SOURCE — FIGURES CORRECT AT THE TIME OF the latest update
postcode data includes deaths not in healthcare facilities or in hospitals outside authority boundaries

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20th July 2020 10:26am

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.

20th July 2020 3:41pm

No new COVID deaths in Lincolnshire on Monday

Greater Lincolnshire has seen no further coronavirus-related deaths reported on Monday as just six people died in hospitals across England.

In NHS statistics released this afternoon none of the trusts across Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire or North East Lincolnshire reported any further deaths.

It follows one death in Lincolnshire over the weekend which brought to an end a more than two-week run without any additional fatalities.

The figures break down as follows:

  • 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)

Although the final figure for deaths nationally is higher later in the day after taking into account laboratory-confirmed fatalities, NHS England today registered just six deaths among patients who tested positive for COVID-19.

Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have all announced no further deaths.

It compares to 27 yesterday (Sunday) and 11 on the same time last week.

However, it is accepted by health experts that earlier week figures are often lower due to a lag in the recording process.

20th July 2020 4:30pm

Six new coronavirus cases in Lincolnshire on Monday

There have been six new confirmed case of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire on Monday.

The latest government statistics show additional positive tests for Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

The total 3,419 cases for Greater Lincolnshire breaks down as:

  • 2,479 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,477)
  • 729 in North Lincolnshire (up from 728)
  • 211 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 208)

Nationally, the number of cases increased by 580 to 295,372, while the final death tally went up by 11 to 45,312.

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

However, it followed the first death in two weeks confirmed yesterday.

The figures are currently:

  • 142 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 4:38pm

Lincoln Castle and Collection museum add ‘shielding hour’

Lincoln Castle and The Collection Museum will launch a ‘shielding hour’ this week for the elderly and most vulnerable visitors.

The two heritage sites have both reserved an hour a week each Thursday, between 10am-11am, starting from July 23.

Read more here

21st July 2020 11:05am

“Top-up your health” as lockdown eased, health bosses urge

People should start taking advantage of the good summertime weather and “make the most of the freedoms” they’ve got in order to “top up on the benefits,” Lincolnshire health bosses said.

Assistant director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council Tony McGinty said people locking down for a long time meant they had potentially not been as physically active, had not been getting the benefits of the sun on their skin and had suffered mental health issues due to a lack of social contacts.

He said: “It’s summertime, the weather is good, and we don’t know how things are going to go as we go into autumn and winter.

“So people should make the most of the freedom they’ve got now because it would be horrible if they have been pretty locked down for months, and they stay locked down, and then the numbers start to get worse again.”

Case numbers are currently running low in Lincolnshire with just 71 confirmed cases so far in July.

Many experts believe a second wave could occur as the days and nights become cooler and people spend more time indoors in the later months of the year.

“We want people to try and top up on the benefits of being a bit more active, being a bit more connected with everybody whilst it’s relatively safe for them to do,” said Mr McGinty.

He understood the most vulnerable would have some concerns, however said there were “really clear safety guidelines to follow” to protect them from “the relatively low risk of COVID in the Lincolnshire population at the moment”.

He reassured people that if numbers did start to rise the local authority and health services now had the capability and powers to act quickly.

“We’re watching an awful lot of different numbers that will give us an early warning if things start to go wrong again and we’re capable of doing that now in quite small areas of the county so people should should relax as much as they feel that they can and… if there is an indication that something is going wrong somewhere we will let them know.”

21st July 2020 3:07pm

No Lincolnshire coronavirus deaths on Tuesday

Greater Lincolnshire has seen no further coronavirus-related deaths reported on Tuesday.

In NHS statistics released this afternoon show none of the trusts across Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire or North East Lincolnshire reported any further deaths.

In fact, the Midlands region as a whole saw no deaths, while the North East and Yorkshire region saw just two.

Nationally a further 15 people who tested positive for the coronavirus have died in hospitals in England, bringing the total to 29,202.

The local figures break down as follows:

  • 142 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)

Although figures will be further updated later today, yesterday saw six new confirmed case of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire.

The latest government statistics showed additional positive tests for Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

The total 3,419 cases for Greater Lincolnshire broke down as:

  • 2,479 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,477)
  • 729 in North Lincolnshire (up from 728)
  • 211 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 208)

21st July 2020 4:27pm

Three new COVID-19 cases Lincolnshire

There have been three new confirmed case of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire on Tuesday.

The latest government statistics show two additional positive tests for Lincolnshire and one in North East Lincolnshire.

North Lincolnshire had no new cases confirmed.

The total 3,422 cases for Greater Lincolnshire breaks down as:

  • 2,481 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,479)
  • 729 in North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 212 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 211)

Nationally, the number of cases increased by 445 to 295,817, while the final death tally went up by 110 to 45,422.

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

The figures are currently:

  • 142 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)

22nd July 2020 11:54am

Over 350 recovered from COVID-19 after Lincolnshire hospitals care

Over 350 people have now returned home after receiving care and treatment for coronavirus in Lincolnshire’s hospitals.

The number of COVID-19 patients discharged from ULHT hospitals reached 300 in June.

On July 20 ULHT said 347 patients had returned home and by Wednesday, July 22 this figure had risen to 351.

Read more here

22nd July 2020 3:10pm

Third day without coronavirus deaths in Greater Lincolnshire

Greater Lincolnshire has seen no further coronavirus-related deaths reported for a third day this week.

In NHS statistics released for Wednesday afternoon show none of the trusts across Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire or North East Lincolnshire reported any further deaths.

The local figures break down as:

  • 142 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 ten people who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,212.

Although figures will be further updated later today, yesterday saw three new confirmed case of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire.

The latest government statistics showed additional positive tests for Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

The total 3,422 cases for Greater Lincolnshire currently breaks down as:

  • 2,481 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,479)
  • 729 in North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 212 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 211)

22nd July 2020 4:22pm

Four new COVID-19 cases in Greater Lincolnshire

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

The latest government statistics show two additional positive tests for Lincolnshire and one each in North and North East Lincolnshire.

The total 3,426 cases for Greater Lincolnshire breaks down as:

  • 2,483 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,481)
  • 730 in North Lincolnshire (up from 729)
  • 213 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 212)

Nationally, the number of cases increased by 560 to 296,377, while the final death tally went up by 79 to 45,501.

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

The figures are currently:

  • 142 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)

23rd July 2020 3:08pm

Four days without COVID-19 deaths in Lincolnshire

Greater Lincolnshire has seen no coronavirus-related deaths for a fourth day this week.

NHS statistics released on Thursday afternoon show none of the trusts across Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire or North East Lincolnshire reported any COVID-19 deaths.

The local figures break down as:

  • 142 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, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,231.

Although figures will be further updated later today, yesterday saw four new confirmed case of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire.

The latest government statistics showed additional positive tests for Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

The total 3,426 cases for Greater Lincolnshire currently breaks down as:

  • 2,483 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,481)
  • 730 in North Lincolnshire (up from 729)
  • 213 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 212)

23rd July 2020 4:58pm

Four new coronavirus cases in Lincolnshire on Thursday

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

The latest government statistics show three additional positive tests for Lincolnshire and one for North Lincolnshire.

North East Lincolnshire saw no additional cases today.

The total 3,430 cases for Greater Lincolnshire breaks down as:

  • 2,486 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,483)
  • 731 in North Lincolnshire (up from 730)
  • 213 in North East Lincolnshire (no change)

Nationally, the number of cases increased by 769 to 297,146, while the final death tally went up by 53 to 45,554.

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

The figures are currently:

  • 142 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)

24th July 2020 11:28am

Lincolnshire COVID-19 deaths expected to be revised down

Health bosses in Lincolnshire expect the number of deaths related to coronavirus to be revised down.

The current death toll for Lincolnshire is 313 according to the government’s dashboard — including 146 confirmed hospital COVID deaths.

However, last week health secretary Matt Hancock called for an urgent review into how COVID-19 deaths had been recorded in England following confirmation from Public Health England that figures may have included people who tested positive months before they died.

Other UK nations only include those who die within 28 days of a positive test.

Lincolnshire County Council’s director for public health Derek Ward said the true figure was somewhere between the number of hospital deaths and the current tally.

However, he said: “I wouldn’t want to try and second guess it, I don’t think there’s any benefits to people in between doing that. It’ll be somewhere between those two figures.”

He added that true records were only now beginning to come to light because: “Some of these things are not clear because obviously the data is experimental and it’s changing as we go.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has called for a review into how COVID deaths were recorded.

According to the government website, the deaths breakdown by local authority as:

  • South Holland – 62
  • South Kesteven – 59
  • East Lindsey – 58
  • Boston – 41
  • North Kesteven – 40
  • Lincoln – 33
  • West Lindsey – 20
  • Lincolnshire total: 313

Currently, Lincolnshire has had 2,486 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Mr Ward confirmed just over 4,000 tests had been carried out at Lincolnshire Showground, the mobile testing units and through home testing kits between July 14-21.

Of those, 15 came back positive, with five further additional cases confirmed by hospitals – around three per day.

Mr Ward confirmed he expected to see increases stay in single figures throughout the summer but that it meant the county was “definitely at the bottom of the pandemic”.

However, he said it had only been achieved through following the guidelines and urged people to continue to do so as new face covering rules came into effect in shops and other businesses.

24th July 2020 11:35am

Business which breached coronavirus lockdown faces losing licence

A Boston business owner will be the first in the county to face losing their licence over a breach of coronavirus lockdown legislation.

Owner of the Beira Alta Deli, Patricia Dos Santos Pereira, also failed to display a summary of her premises licence, had no evidence of staff training or enforcement of the Challenge 25 policy, said a police statement to Boston Borough Council’s licensing department.

Officers have also raised concerns over how Mrs Pereira handled designated premises supervisor legislation.

According to a police statement before Boston Borough Council’s licensing committee next Wednesday, officers first received an anonymous call to tell them the cafe was open for business on May 2.

Restaurants and cafes had been told to close on March 21 as part the government’s lockdown but were later allowed to offer takeaway and delivery services.

Officers visited the premises and spoke to Mrs Pereira, who was moving items from upstairs to downstairs to become a grocery shop.

They said they were “happy at the time she was compliant and she knew what she was and wasn’t allowed to do under the current legislation.

However, on May 29, officers driving past the businesses suspected from “customers’ body language” that it “wasn’t operating within the current legislation.”

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24th July 2020 1:36pm

Grantham gym liquidated after COVID-19 lockdown

A Grantham gym is going into liquidation due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lack of rent and service charge relief from its landlord.

Feelgood Fitness at The George Shopping Centre in Grantham posted on social media on July 12 saying the owners were trying to negotiate the rent procedure with the landlords regarding extra space and access. However, on July 23 it said it was “with a heavy heart we close our doors”.

In a letter to its members which it posted on Facebook, owners Dave and Ads Wright said after investing hundreds of thousands of pounds to the club and its members over the last 14 years it felt “the landlord’s ongoing expectations given these uncertain times makes the future of the club financially untenable”.

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24th July 2020 4:52pm

Time wasters call police to ask about wearing masks

Lincolnshire Police deal with a lot of serious incidents, but sometimes this is disrupted by people wasting their time with daft questions including whether or not to wear a mask.

From Friday, July 24 wearing face masks in shops became mandatory. Lincolnshire Police’s force control room said its call takers has already had a few enquiries about whether or not to wear a face covering.

Police advised if people need more information about their personal circumstances they should read the government guidance online rather than ringing 101.

Read more here