Lockdown Week 19: 461 Lincolnshire COVID-19 deaths, 3,481 local cases, 304,695 in the UK, 46,201 deaths

Follow the latest coronavirus lockdown updates from Lincoln and Lincolnshire.

3,481 coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire (up from 3,473)

  • 2,528 in Lincolnshire (up from 2521)
  • 736 in North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 217 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 216)

439 COVID-19 deaths in Greater Lincolnshire healthcare (no change)

  • 143 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (no change)
  • 4 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)

461 COVID-19 deaths from Greater Lincolnshire postcodes (no change)

  • 319 from Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 106 from North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 36 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)

304,695 cases, 46,201 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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27th July 2020 11:05am

Fourth COVID-19 death in July as 16 new cases confirmed

There has been one new coronavirus-related hospital death reported and 16 new cases of COVID-19 in the Greater Lincolnshire region over the weekend.

According to NHS figures, the death was reported at United Lincolnshire Hospitals on Sunday, taking the total number of people to die within the trusts facilities to 143.

Lincolnshire Community Health Service, Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals all remained unchanged.

According to the government’s coronavirus dashboard, 454 people from Greater Lincolnshire have died, with 438 of those confirmed to be in hospital facilities or care homes under local councils’ or hospital trusts’ care.

However, those figures could be revised down in the near future as a review of how coronavirus deaths have been categorised has been commissioned by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

For confirmed cases, the weekend figures showed an increase of 14 in Lincolnshire, hitting the 2,500 mark.

Meanwhile, North Lincolnshire saw an increase of two, to a total of 733.

North Lincolnshire confirmed no further cases.

The breakdown for the total 3,446 cumulative cases is as follows:

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

Nationally, the number of cases increased to 299,426 while the number of deaths rose to 45,752.

27th July 2020 3:53pm

No COVID-19 deaths in Lincolnshire for Monday

Greater Lincolnshire has seen no coronavirus-related deaths in hospitals on Monday.

NHS statistics released this 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:

  • 143 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)

So far this month there has been four COVID-19 related deaths in Greater Lincolnshire. The latest death reported yesterday (Sunday) brought to an end six-consecutive days without for the region.

Although figures will be further updated later today, the weekend saw 16 new confirmed cases .

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

The total 3,446 cases for Greater Lincolnshire currently breaks down as:

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

27th July 2020 5:06pm

Six new coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire

There have been six new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Greater Lincolnshire on Monday.

The government’s dashboard shows an additional four cases in Lincolnshire and two in North East Lincolnshire. No further cases were confirmed in North Lincolnshire.

So far there have been 3,452 cases across the region, which break down as:

  • 2,504 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,500)
  • 733 in North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 215 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 213)

Nationally cases passed the 300,000 mark, rising by 685 to 300,111.

There were seven deaths confirmed nationally, bringing the total to 45,759.

According to the government’s website there have also been no further deaths added to the tally for each area’s postcode, leaving the tally at 454.

It comes after NHS England figures said there were no additional deaths in hospitals covering the three local authorities.

The local figures for hospital services break down as:

  • 143 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)

28th July 2020 10:51am

Quarantine after travel “tricky”, says Lincolnshire health boss

The latest quarantine rules for those returning from Spain creates a “tricky” situation for some holidaymakers, Lincolnshire health bosses have said.

The UK government is currently advising against all but essential travel to Spain, and has imposed the 14-day quarantine on anyone arriving from the country following a spike in cases.

Andy Fox, consultant in public health at Lincolnshire County Council, said anyone travelling to Spain would need to bear the quarantine period in mind.

“That is going to be too much for some people, it’s going to be tricky to do.

“That 14 day period of time will give plenty of time for you to develop symptoms and to get tested.

The latest move has caused heated debate between the two nation’s governments’.

Mr Fox said it was “really important to remember that we are still trying to prevent that second wave of infection in the UK.”

Lincolnshire is now at the bottom of the peak and back to levels of new cases similar to the beginning of the pandemic.

“[It] could potentially be far more disruptive than the first time and require maybe a second lockdown, which we all want to avoid.

“If it’s a choice between [quarantine] and entering another second wave, then the quarantine although disruptive – and I do feel for people whose holiday plans have been disrupted – will be far less disruptive than the impact of the second wave.”

He stopped short of saying Spain would be riskier than a staycation in Skegness and advised people travelling to ensure they take proper precautions against “unknown quantities”.

However, he said his family would be staying in the UK rather than travelling to France this year.

“I’m a big fan of holidaying overseas myself, I do love going to France but for this period of time we decided to stay in the UK.”

Meanwhile, Lincolnshire Police is the only UK force to fine a person for breaching quarantine after entering the country from abroad.

The fine was issued in Boston to a 39-year-old man who arrived from Bulgaria on July 13.

28th July 2020 12:01pm

Lincolnshire housing market heading for post-COVID “golden age”

Estate agents in Lincolnshire are experiencing a boom in sales post-lockdown, reaching levels not seen since the start of the millennium.

A combination of factors is being described including a change in how people from densely urban areas have expanded their needs after being stuck in apartments with little-to-no gardens or small “office” spaces for three months.

Trying to keep healthy and fit and working from home have presented their own problems – whereas many properties in Lincolnshire are cheaper while providing space or extra room.

Other factors  include a cut to stamp duty, affordable prices, low mortgage interest rates as well as pent-up demand put on hold when lockdown began.

Tim Downing, of Pygott and Crone, said they had sold 185 houses in June and 200 so far in July – around 50% up on where they would normally be.

Read more here

28th July 2020 3:31pm

Second day without COVID-19 deaths in Lincolnshire

Greater Lincolnshire has seen no coronavirus-related deaths in hospitals on Tuesday.

NHS statistics released this 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:

  • 143 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)

So far this month there has been four COVID-19 related deaths in Greater Lincolnshire. The latest death reported on Sunday brought to an end a six-consecutive day run without for the region.

Although figures will be further updated later today, Monday saw six new confirmed cases .

The total 3,452 cases for Greater Lincolnshire currently breaks down as:

  • 2,504 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,500)
  • 733 in North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 215 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 213)

29th July 2020 1:44pm

Tuk Tuk firm still hoping to move some summer trade

The owners of a new Tuk Tuk taxi tour planned for Lincoln are still hoping to make a go of their new venture this summer, should a licence be granted next week.

Holla, which plans to offer pre-bookable rides going up and down the city centre, is due to appear before the City of Lincoln Council licensing committee on Tuesday.

It had hoped to open in April, however, the coronavirus pandemic saw the country locked down the week before the licence was initially due to be reviewed.

If approved, owner Christine Kimbrell, says she is hoping they may still be able to take advantage of the last few weeks of summer to test the water, but would still need to find and employ a driver.

If not, then the service’s start will be pushed back to April 2021 at the latest.

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29th July 2020 1:45pm

Burger King at St Marks back open

Burger King is now back open at the St Marks Shopping Centre with a reduced menu, but also some tasty new items.

The fast food restaurant reopened at 11am on Wednesday, July 29 for dine in, takeaway and delivery and The Lincolnite was the first customer. It will have shorter opening hours from 12pm-8pm.

The reduced menu includes the new Halloumi Bacon King and a sharer box, which comes with five chicken fries, nuggets, chilli cheese bites, onions rings and two dips.

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29th July 2020 1:48pm

Lincoln road sign gets colourful NHS makeover

There could be a Lincoln Banksy on the loose, as a mystery redesign of Doddington Road’s sign has been spotted.

The sign opposite Sadler Court in Lincoln has been painted in rainbow colours, with the letters NHS placed inside the three Os in Doddington Road.

Nobody seems to know who has decorated the road sign, but it’s believed it appeared over the weekend.

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29th July 2020 1:50pm

These Lincoln businesses are offering 50% off meals in August

The government will be subsidising meals out in August, and almost 100 businesses in Lincoln are taking part in the scheme.

It allows people to get 50% off meals and non-alcoholic drinks, up to £10 a head, when they dine in, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from August 3 to the end of the month.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak introduced the scheme as part of his summer statement to help get the economy running again after COVID-19.

Participating restaurants that register for Eat Out to Help Out scheme are be able to claim back all discounts.

Check out the confirmed list of chains and independents in Lincoln that have already signed up to the scheme here

29th July 2020 5:02pm

Seven new coronavirus cases in Lincolnshire

There have been seven new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Greater Lincolnshire on Wednesday.

The government’s dashboard shows six new cases across Lincolnshire and one in North Lincolnshire.

There were no new confirmed cases in North East Lincolnshire.

There have been 13 cases confirmed so far since Monday morning.

So far there have been 3,452 cases across the region.

Nationally cases rose by 763 to 301,455.

There were 83 deaths confirmed nationally, bringing the total to 45,961.

Government’s updated figures also showed no increase in deaths of people from the three authorities leaving the total at 457.

The figure above includes not only the 438 deaths in hospitals and care homes, which saw no increases earlier today, but also deaths in the community or in hospitals outside the regions boundaries.

30th July 2020 11:19am

COVID-19 self-isolation period extended to 10 days

People must now self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days if they show coronavirus symptoms, new government guidance says.

The increase is an additional three days to the previous seven already advised.

It follows new evidence that people who become mildly ill can still be infectious seven to nine days after the onset of COVID-19.

A statement from the UK’s four chief medical officers said: “Evidence, although still limited, has strengthened and shows that people with COVID-19 who are mildly ill and are recovering have a low but real possibility of infectiousness between seven and nine days after illness onset.

Read more here

30th July 2020 1:57pm

Boston Christmas market gets funding boost from COVID cancelled events

Boston Christmas Market is still set to go ahead, with funds from 2020 events cancelled by COVID-19 ploughed into it.

According to a report before Boston Town Area Committee, the plan is for a four-day event.

Under the current plans, unspent money would increase the Christmas budget from £14,500 to £22,000.

The plan would be to hold a four-day event in the Bargate Green car park starting on the day of the Christmas Lights Switch On and would include alpine wooden huts, a small fairground ride, live music and a food and drink area.

Some £2,000 of the budget would be used to retest lighting columns ready for the next two events seasons.

A further £13,500 unspent budget could also be used to create an “illuminated fire farden” in partnership with public arts organisation Transported.

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30th July 2020 3:51pm

Burton Road Chippy closing restaurant due to COVID-19

The popular Burton Road Chippy will not be reopening its restaurant due to the coronavirus crisis, but the takeaway will remain open as usual ahead of moving to new premises this autumn.

With the restaurant closing, the chippy located at 169 Burton Road will move to number 119, next door to Teleservice, in mid-September where it will continue to offer takeaway only.

It will restart its gluten-free offering once it has moved into the new shop. In the meantime, the takeaway will remain open at its current location.

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30th July 2020 3:53pm

One new COVID-19 death in Lincolnshire

Greater Lincolnshire’s hospitals reported a new coronavirus-related death on Thursday.

The latest NHS figures show one further death of a patient who tested positive for coronavirus at Lincolnshire Community Health Service facilities.

No other deaths were reported at trusts across the region.

So far this month there has been five COVID-19 related deaths in Greater Lincolnshire.

Nationally, a further 12 people who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died in hospitals in England bringing the total to 29,329.

266 people have died in hospitals across the region so far during the pandemic.

Government figures are due to be updated later today, but currently put the total tally at 457 people from the three local authorities who have died.

The figure includes deaths outside healthcare services and those which took place in other authorities.

Wednesday saw seven new confirmed cases, bringing the cumulative total for Greater Lincolnshire to 3,459.

31st July 2020 11:15am

July is the lowest month for new COVID-19 cases in Lincolnshire

July is set to be the month with the fewest cases of COVID-19 in Lincolnshire since the start of the pandemic.

There were six new positive coronavirus cases reported on the government’s dashboard late on Thrusday: three in Lincolnshire, two in North Lincolnshire and one in North East Lincolnshire.

There was also one new COVID-19 death in the same update, separate to hospital figures and organised by postcode, bringing the county total to 316.

Overall there have been 125 new cases across Greater Lincolnshire this month, not including a large dump of ‘pillar two’ data (from testing sites, mobile and home testing) by government on July 2.

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31st July 2020 12:59pm

No increase in yearly death rate in Lincolnshire despite coronavirus peak

Lincolnshire saw nearly the same amount of people die in the first half of the year as the past five-year average — however the numbers align with the COVID-pandemic, say health bosses.

Lincolnshire County Council’s director of public health Derek Ward said the county saw 4,261 deaths in total between January to June this year.

The five-year average for Lincolnshire in that time period is 4,258 — just three deaths lower.

However, Mr Ward said that from January to March deaths were 20-30% lower than in previous years.

“And then from week 14 we saw a spike in all cause mortality that, obviously, corresponds with the peak of the epidemic in the county where we were seeing 50% more deaths than we would normally do at that time of year,” he said.

“And then it drops back down as we came back down from the peak and now we’re back to our normal season on average.”

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31st July 2020 1:00pm

PM postpones easing lockdown measures

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has postponed lifting certain COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in response to an increase cases of the virus.

Cinemas, bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos were among the venues due to be able to open from tomorrow (Saturday, August 1), however, will now have to wait until at least August 15.

In a briefing on Friday, Mr Johnson also announced that from August 8, face coverings will be “encouraged” in more venues such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship.

He said the government had previously said they “would not hesitate to put the brakes on” if cases rose, and said now was “the time to squeeze that brake pedal in order to keep the virus under control.”

Mr Johnson said: “I’m really, really sorry about that, but we really cannot take the risk.”

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31st July 2020 1:59pm

Imps lost £1.5m in matchday revenue due to COVID-19

Lincoln City Football Club has missed out on over £1.5 million in matchday revenue as a result of COVID-19, a new analysis shows.

Business Rescue Expert looked at the potential revenue lost by football teams due to coronavirus lockdown. It found the absence of supporters in stadiums has had big detrimental impact on football teams, particularly Lincoln City.

Of all the teams from League One, the Imps rank 5th in the amount of money they have lost, totalling an estimate of £1,509,648.

Read the full story here

31st July 2020 2:11pm

Lincoln Drill Hall won’t reopen until 2021

Lincoln Drill Hall will not reopen until early 2021 at the earliest, as the current government guidance would mean a large majority of its shows would still be “financially unviable”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier this month that indoor performances with socially distanced audiences will be able to take place across the country at indoor theatres, music and performance venues from August 1. Then on Friday he announced a further 15-days delay.

However, Lincoln Drill Hall, New Theatre Royal and the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre have all decided not return any time soon.

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31st July 2020 3:32pm

July lowest month for Lincolnshire COVID-19 hospital deaths

July was the month with the fewest coronavirus-related deaths in hospitals in Greater Lincolnshire since the pandemic began, as well as for new cases.

NHS figures released on Friday show no new deaths in any region’s hospitals trusts.

It means that this month there has been five COVID-19 related deaths in Greater Lincolnshire in total.

The figure is smaller than the two previous lowest months of March (11) and June (14).

Of those, in both months Lincolnshire’s hospitals alone saw six deaths, and NLAG made up the remainder.

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31st July 2020 5:01pm

Grantham packing factory cutting 19 staff due to COVID

Nineteen staff are at risk of redundancy at a factory in Grantham as part of a restructure of the business caused by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Macfarlane Packaging Design and Manufacture operation on the Alma Park Industrial Estate in Grantham employs 88 staff. It designs and produces protective packaging for high value items for industrial customers.

The packaging site, which is owned by the Macfarlane Group PLC in Scotland, plans to reduce the number of roles down to 69 and a consultation process is underway until the end of August. It will also explore redeploying staff elsewhere in the company.

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