Lockdown Week 24: 390 Lincolnshire COVID-19 deaths, 3,769 local cases, 347,152 in the UK, 41,551 deaths

Follow the latest coronavirus lockdown updates from Lincoln and Lincolnshire.

3,769 coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire (up from 3,719)

  • 2,743 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,705)
  • 778 in North Lincolnshire (up from 770)
  • 248 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 244)

268 COVID-19 deaths in Greater Lincolnshire hospitals (up from 267)

  • 144 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (no change)
  • 4 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 119 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (up from 118)

390 COVID-19 deaths from Greater Lincolnshire postcodes (up from 389)

  • 267 from Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 89 from North Lincolnshire (up from 88)
  • 34 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)

347,152 cases, 41,551 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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1st September 2020 11:00am

Government review cuts COVID-19 deaths from Lincolnshire tally

The local impact of a government review on COVID-19 death figures has been revealed — with more than 70 deaths struck off the statistics.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock ordered an urgent review into how deaths were recorded in July.

The method of recording was changed to only include those who died within 28 days of a positive test, a move which saw more than 5,000 deaths removed from the national dashboard at the beginning of August.

Local figures at that point dropped off the official UK dashboard, but have now reappeared and show that deaths of Greater Lincolnshire residents decreased from 466 to 390 – a drop of 76 (16%).

Lincolnshire saw the biggest fall, cutting 56 deaths from its figures from 323 to 267.  North Lincolnshire dropped from 107 to 89 – a decrease of 18. North East Lincolnshire, which had already seen the least number of deaths lost only two from its figures, from 36 to 34.

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3rd September 2020 4:52pm

Seven new coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire on Thursday

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

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

North East Lincolnshire saw no additional cases reported today.

The current breakdown of the region’s 3,705 cumulative cases is:

  • 2,693 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,688)
  • 769 in North Lincolnshire (up from 767)
  • 243 in North East Lincolnshire (no change)

Hospital data also confirmed no further deaths in their latest figures, meaning 34 days without fatalities.

The government’s own dashboard, which includes deaths of Greater Lincolnshire residents which take place outside of hospital or in facilities outside the county, also showed no new fatalities.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that 76 previously reported COVID-19 deaths across the region had been wiped from the statistics following a government review last month.

Nationally, government data showed cases increased Thursday by 1,735 to 340,411 and deaths rose by 13 to 41,514.

4th September 2020 11:20am

Four Lincolnshire COVID-19 infections from Norfolk poultry factory outbreak

Four Lincolnshire residents have been confirmed COVID-19 positive in a Norfolk poultry factory outbreak.

Banham Poultry, in Attleborough, has been testing all of its staff and carrying out a deep clean following the outbreak revealed earlier this week.

Almost 500 of the business’ 800 staff had been tested, and more than 100 have been confirmed positive, according to the Eastern Daily Press.

Tony McGinty, Lincolnshire County Council’s director of public health, confirmed that there were about 22 people working at the poultry factory who lived in Lincolnshire, of which four had tested positive so far.

“We’ve seen to it that they’ve had all the usual advice about self-isolating and taking care of themselves,” he confirmed.

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4th September 2020 2:58pm

COVID-19 testing capacity cut in Lincolnshire

COVID-19 testing capacity in Lincolnshire has been limited by government, who is prioritising other “high-risk” outbreak areas at the moment.

The move has affected people in Lincolnshire, which has seen low infection rates, unable to get in at the Lincolnshire Showground and asked to travel to Newark, Nottingham or Sheffield

Prior to the move, 7,000 tests a week were being carried out across the county, with 39 positives confirmed in health bosses’ last seven-day figures.

Lincolnshire County Council’s director of public health Tony McGinty explained that people could now only book the evening before, and that the morning slots are not being reopened if they were initially filled.

He urged people not to give up on getting a test as bosses fear cases could slip through the net.

“The biggest worry for us from a local public health team point of view is that people either won’t be able to get a test because they just don’t have transport and they’ve got no mechanism to for doing that, or they just try once or twice, can’t get results and give up.

“That will then mean that there may be people who have become infected, and they’ve got symptoms and they are actually carrying COVID virusm or they have been in contact with someone who tested positive but we will never find out.”

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4th September 2020 5:04pm

47 cases of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire this week

There have been 47 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Greater Lincolnshire this week.

Government figures released on Friday reported 14 new cases across the region, with 12 in Lincolnshire and one each in North and North East Lincolnshire.

The breakdown of the 3,719 cumulative coronavirus cases is as follows:

  • 2,705 in Lincolnshire (up from 2,693)
  • 770 in North Lincolnshire (up from 769)
  • 244 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 243)

NHS Figures today revealed one further death in Lincolnshire’s hospitals – the first in 34 days and taking hospital deaths to 267.

But government figures, which also include deaths outside of hospitals or in facilities outside the county, do not yet reflect that, instead showing one fewer death in North Lincolnshire – revising down the death toll to 88.

Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire figures remained unchanged on the government dashboard.

The total number of deaths in Greater Lincolnshire according to government figures is now 389.

Nationally, the number of cases increased by 1,940 to 342,351, while deaths rose by 10 to 41,537.