September 28, 2020 10.24 am This story is over 15 months old

96 COVID-19 cases and one death in Greater Lincolnshire this weekend

‘Legal duty’ to self-isolate introduced

Those who fail to self-isolate when told to could face up to £10,000 in fines from Monday, as stats show only 18% of people have done so.

New rules have been brought in by government which mean those who test positive, or have been told they have been in contact with someone who has, now has a legal duty to quarantine.

Announcing the new measures, health secretary Matt Hancock said: “Anyone can catch coronavirus and anyone can spread it. We all have a crucial part to play in keeping the number of new infections down and protecting our loved ones.

“As cases rise it is imperative we take action, and we are introducing a legal duty to self-isolate when told to do so.

“These simple steps can make a huge difference to reduce the spread of the virus, but we will not hesitate to put in place further measures if cases continue to rise.”

This weekend saw 96 new cases of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire this weekend and one hospital death.

Government data showed cases of COVID-19 in Lincolnshire increased by 69, with 13 new cases in North Lincolnshire, and 14 in North East Lincolnshire.

It means there have been 673 cases of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire so far in September.

NHS figures released over the weekend showed one new coronavirus-related death reported at a United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust facility.

However, the government’s own death tally, which also includes deaths outside of hospitals or outside the county, did not report any new deaths.

Nationally, cases increased to 434,969 while deaths increased to 41,988.

Today also sees the start of a new £500 support payment for those on lower income who can’t work from home while they are self-isolating.

The new rules will be backed up by police resources and other methods of identifying those who do not comply.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “These new measures are about saving lives. Everyone must take personal responsibility and self-isolate if they test positive or if told to do so by NHS Test and Trace.

“For those who fail to do so, the police will enforce the law. These new fines are a clear sign that we will not allow those who break the rules to reverse the hard-won progress made by the law-abiding majority.”

Latest coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire

4,445 cases (up 96)

  • 3,205 in Lincolnshire (up 69)
  • 917 in North Lincolnshire (up 13)
  • 323 in North East Lincolnshire (up 14)

393 deaths (no change)

  • 269 from Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 89 from North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 35 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)

of which 271 hospital deaths (up one)

  • 146 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (up one)
  • 4 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 120 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (no change)

434,969 UK cases, 41,988 deaths

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