Lockdown Week 22: 466 Lincolnshire COVID-19 deaths, 3,626 local cases, 325,642 in the UK, 41,429 deaths

Follow the latest coronavirus lockdown updates from Lincoln and Lincolnshire.

3,626 coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire (up from 3,611)

  • 2,640 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,632)
  • 752 in North Lincolnshire (up from 748)
  • 234 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 231)

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)

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

  • 323 from Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 107 from North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 36 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)

Please note: Since the urgent review into how COVID-19 deaths are counted local figures have been removed from the government dashboard.

325,642 cases, 41,429 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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17th August 2020 2:50pm

17 new COVID-19 cases in Lincolnshire over the weekend

This weekend saw another 17 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire.

The latest government figures, published Sunday, show 13 new COVID-19 positive cases in Lincolnshire and four in North East Lincolnshire.

There have been no additional cases confirmed in North Lincolnshire since Friday.

The current breakdown of the region’s 3,572 cumulative cases is:

  • 2,603 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,590)
  • 742 in North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 227 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 223)

Hospital data also confirmed no further deaths in their latest figures, bringing the latest tally to 18 days.

Nationally, government data shows increases to 318,484 cases and 41,366 deaths.

However, since an urgent review of how deaths were recorded last week cut more than 5,000 from the data, local figures have been removed from the government dashboard.

It means the changes have not been reflected in local figures.

The government’s dashboard continues to say the deaths page is “being re–developed”.

There have been 99 cases in the region so far in August.

17th August 2020 5:04pm

11 new COVID-19 cases in Lincolnshire on Monday

There have been 11 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire on Monday.

The latest government figures show nine new COVID-19 positive cases in Lincolnshire and two in North East Lincolnshire.

There have been no additional cases confirmed in North Lincolnshire since Friday.

The current breakdown of the region’s 3,583 cumulative cases is:

  • 2,612 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,603)
  • 742 in North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 229 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 227)

Hospital data also confirmed no further deaths in their latest figures, meaning 18 days without fatalities.

Nationally, government data shows cases increased by 713 to 319,197 cases and deaths rose by three to 41,369.

Since an urgent review of how deaths were recorded last week cut more than 5,000 from the data, local figures had been removed from the government dashboard.

It meant the changes have not been reflected in local figures.

National death figures had returned to the dashboard Monday at the time of publication, however, regional figures still had not appeared.

There have been 110 cases in the region so far in August.

18th August 2020 10:38am

Four new Lincolnshire COVID-19 cases from Newark factory outbreak

Four new coronavirus cases in Lincolnshire have been linked to an outbreak at a factory in Newark, health bosses have confirmed.

Bakkavor’s Dessert Factory has now voluntarily tested 700 of its 1,600+ staff, and confirmed a total of 72 cases.

Of those, 23 are employees who live in Lincolnshire and commute to work, plus three of their family members.

The majority of the workers have only mild symptoms or did not show any symptoms of the virus when they were tested.

With up to 800 more tests due to be carried out at the site, numbers are expected to rise.

Tony McGinty, assistant director of public health at the county council, said: “In Lincolnshire there’s a concentration of people living in City of Lincoln Council area and then there’s a smattering of people just about all over other places in the county.”

He said health bosses in the county were keeping a close eye to make sure there was no “outward spread” from those affected.

However, Mr McGinty said Lincolnshire’s case numbers – although rising slightly higher than before, but in line with national figures – were not worrying.

A total of 7,680 tests have been carried out in Lincolnshire in the past seven days, of which 30 people were found to be positive.

“That’s giving us a positivity rate which is roughly similar to most of the rest of the country, so it’s still relatively low and we’re nowhere near numbers that will give us cause for concern anywhere, but we are still seeing cases every day in Lincolnshire.”

18th August 2020 11:21am

Revised Lincolnshire COVID-19 death figures elude health bosses

Accurate figures for COVID-19 deaths in Lincolnshire continue to elude local health bosses, who say they still don’t know the impact of changes to how they were recorded.

A recent national review saw more than 5,000 deaths across the UK taken off the record as “coronavirus-related”.

Now deaths will only be recorded on the government’s dashboard if they take place within 28 days of a positive test.

However, the revised deaths data does not yet show the numbers at a local level, or if any changes have occurred at all.

Lincolnshire County Council’s assistant director of public health Tony McGinty said: “I asked Public Health England (PHE), when they will be releasing data to a Lincolnshire or sub-Lincolnshire level again and the short answer was they weren’t sure when that was going to be available — so we still do not have the updated numbers.”

Prior to their disappearance from the dashboard, the government’s death tally for Greater Lincolnshire postcodes was 466, broken down as:

  • 323 from Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 107 from North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 36 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)

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19th August 2020 10:28am

Eight new COVID-19 cases in Lincolnshire on Tuesday

There have been eight confirmed cases of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire on Tuesday.

The latest government figures show five new COVID-19 positive cases in Lincolnshire, one in North East Lincolnshire and two in North Lincolnshire.

Hospital data also confirmed no further deaths in their latest figures, meaning 19 days without fatalities.

The current breakdown of the region’s 3,591 cumulative cases is:

  • 2,617 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,612)
  • 744 in North Lincolnshire (up from 742)
  • 230 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 229)

There have been 118 cases in the region so far in August.

Nationally, government data showed cases increased Tuesday by 1,089 to 320,286 and deaths rose by 12 to 41,381.

Since an urgent review of how deaths were recorded last week cut more than 5,000 from the data, local figures have been removed from the government dashboard.

It means the changes have not been reflected in local figures.

National death figures had returned to the dashboard at the time of publication, however, regional figures still had not appeared.

19th August 2020 4:22pm

Six new COVID-19 cases in Lincolnshire on Wednesday

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

The latest government figures show four new COVID-19 positive cases in Lincolnshire, and one each in both North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire.

Hospital data also confirmed no further deaths in their latest figures, meaning 20 days without fatalities.

The current breakdown of the region’s 3,597 cumulative cases is:

  • 2,621 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,617)
  • 745 in North Lincolnshire (up from 744)
  • 231 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 230)

There have been 124 cases in the region so far in August.

Nationally, government data showed cases increased Wednesday by 812 to 321,098 and deaths rose by 16 to 41,397.

Since an urgent review of how deaths were recorded last week cut more than 5,000 from the data, local figures have been removed from the government dashboard.

It means the changes have not been reflected in local figures.

National death figures had returned to the dashboard at the time of publication, however, regional figures still had not appeared.

21st August 2020 8:06am

Three weeks without COVID-19 hospital deaths in Lincolnshire

Greater Lincolnshire’s hospitals have gone three weeks without any new coronavirus-related deaths.

NHS data on Thursday showed no further deaths in any of the trusts covering Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire or North East Lincolnshire for 21 days.

However, in the same period, government figures have confirmed 12 deaths of people living in Greater Lincolnshire postcodes, rising from 454 to 466.

This would include care homes, community deaths, or hospitals outside Lincolnshire.

However, an urgent review of how deaths were recorded last week cut more than 5,000 from the national database.

Since then local figures have been removed from the government dashboard which means the changes, or any further increases, have not been reflected in local figures.

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

The latest government figures show five new COVID-19 positive cases in Lincolnshire, and one in North Lincolnshire.

North East Lincolnshire did not have any new cases.

The current breakdown of the region’s 3,603 cumulative cases is:

  • 2,626 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,621)
  • 746 in North Lincolnshire (up from 745)
  • 231 in North East Lincolnshire (no change)

There have been 130 cases in the region so far in August.

Nationally, government data showed cases increased Wednesday by 1,182 to 322,280 and deaths rose by six to 41,403.

21st August 2020 10:27am

Lincoln on COVID-19 “red list” due to Newark outbreak

Lincoln has been on a COVID-19 “red list” for a week due to an outbreak of the virus at a factory in Newark which spilled over the border in Lincolnshire, but health bosses are not concerned yet.

So far 24 employees and three family members who live in Lincolnshire tested positive for coronavirus from the outbreak at the Bakkavor Deserts factory..

The sudden increase in cases means Lincoln has been on the “red list” for a week — the longest an authority in Lincolnshire has been.

South Kesteven also appeared in the danger zone for a few days for the same reason but has since dropped off.

Council bosses are adamant, however, that there are no other major concerns in the county apart from the factory outbreak.

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21st August 2020 11:20am

“Don’t panic” over holiday quarantines, says Lincolnshire health boss

County health bosses are urging people not to panic over foreign travel restrictions which could mean they have to quarantine on their return from abroad.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that Croatia, Austria and Trinidad and Tobago were being added to the list of countries travellers will need to self-isolate for 14 days after visiting.

However, Portugal will be taken off.

Tony McGinty, assistant director for public health at Lincolnshire County Council said travellers should take the time to consider factors including how safe they feel in the area they are staying and their ability to work from home before rushing back home.

“We’re just encouraging people really to think about consumer protections if they are booking foreign holidays and to make sure that wherever they can they’re booking holidays in ways which gives them protection if they do suddenly have to repatriate quickly.

He also urged employers to support their employees in line with government desires but also to have clear policies around holiday travel.

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21st August 2020 4:57pm

Lincolnshire COVID-19 cases up 38% in August already

The month of August so far has seen 38% more COVID-19 cases than the whole of July in Lincolnshire.

According to government figures there have been 39 new cases this week, taking the total to 138 for the month so far.

At the end of July there had been 100 cases confirmed for the month, the lowest month since the pandemic began.

Local health bosses said we are so far in line with the national average and that there is no cause for concern, despite Lincoln being on a “red list” for a week due to an outbreak at a factory in neighbouring Newark.

Friday’s data showed six cases in Lincolnshire and two in North Lincolnshire. There were no new cases in North East Lincolnshire.

NHS data for Friday showed no new deaths in any of the hospital trusts covering Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire or North East Lincolnshire for 22 days.

Friday’s figures also recorded no further deaths of Greater Lincolnshire residents in other places such as care homes, community, or hospitals outside Lincolnshire.

However, an urgent review of how deaths were recorded last week cut more than 5,000 from the national database.

Since then local figures have been removed from the government dashboard which means the changes, or any further increases, have not been reflected in local figures.

Nationally, government data showed cases increased Friday by 1,033 to 323,313 and deaths rose by two to 41,405.