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Monday starts with 199 COVID-19 cases and two deaths in Greater Lincolnshire

No hospital deaths across county

There have been 199 new coronavirus cases and two COVID-related deaths in Greater Lincolnshire on Monday — a drop from this time last week that saw 213 cases and six deaths.

The government’s COVID-19 dashboard recorded 153 new cases in Lincolnshire, 31 in North Lincolnshire and 15 in North East Lincolnshire.

Some two deaths were registered in Lincolnshire and none in Northern Lincolnshire. These figures include deaths both in and out of hospitals, as well as residents in hospitals outside the county.

National cases increased by 14,104 to 3,959,784, while deaths rose by 333 to 112,798.

In local news, Greater Lincolnshire has seen no new reported deaths in any of its hospitals for the first time in more than three months.

According to the latest NHS data, no new deaths were reported on Monday, the first time across all trusts in Lincolnshire along with North and North East Lincolnshire since October 24.

The coronavirus vaccination hub at Lincoln County Hospital has been temporarily paused due to good progress being made at the site.

The hub has been used solely to immunise NHS staff and other healthcare workers with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

South Holland’s council leader is unsure of what has caused the district’s high infection rate and ranking in the UK, but has a “number of possibilities”.

Cllr Lord Gary Porter has offered some explanation into the potential causes, such as a high manual workforce in food production in the district, high school attendance, greater testing capacity and large care home outbreaks.

Greater Lincolnshire has seen another steady fall on Monday with four districts seeing a small spike in infection rates.

Here’s Greater Lincolnshire’s infection rate over the last seven days up to February 8 according to the government dashboard:

Greater Lincolnshire’s infection rates from Feb 1 to Feb 8. | Data: Gov UK / Table: James Mayer for The Lincolnite

In national news, there are over 140 confirmed cases of the South African coronavirus variant in the UK – but there are fears it could be higher, a minister has said.

Health minister Edward Argar said there have been 147 confirmed cases of the South African coronavirus variant but acknowledged his figures may be “a day or so out”.

The government is “very concerned” about low uptake of the coronavirus jab among black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, the vaccines minister has told Sky News.

Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Nadhim Zahawi said overall COVID-19 vaccine acceptance was “very high”, with data from the Office for National Statistics showing 85% of adults were very likely to take up the offer of a jab.

Boris Johnson says he is “very confident” in the coronavirus vaccines being used in the UK amid concerns about the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab’s effectiveness against the South African variant.

The vaccines were effective in delivering a high degree of protection against serious illness, the PM said.

Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Monday, February 8

Greater Lincolnshire includes Lincolnshire and the unitary authorities of North and North East (Northern) Lincolnshire.

49,884 cases (up 199)

  • 35,151 in Lincolnshire (up 153)
  • 7,585 in North Lincolnshire (up 31)
  • 7,148 in North East Lincolnshire (up 15)

1,943 deaths (up two)

  • 1,414 from Lincolnshire (up two)
  • 290 from North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 239 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)

of which 1,146 hospital deaths (no change)

  • 711 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (no change)
  • 37 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 397  in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (no change)

3,959,784 UK cases, 112,798 deaths

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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