There have been 1,204 new coronavirus cases and 64 COVID-related deaths in Greater Lincolnshire this week – a hefty drop compared to 2,239 cases and 82 deaths in the first full week of January, and a continued decrease from 1,384 cases and 68 deaths last week.
Some 229 new cases and 15 deaths were reported in Greater Lincolnshire on Friday. The government’s COVID-19 dashboard recorded 182 new cases in Lincolnshire, 24 in North East Lincolnshire and 23 in North Lincolnshire.
On Friday, 10 deaths were registered in Lincolnshire, four in North Lincolnshire and one in North East Lincolnshire. These figures include deaths both in and out of hospitals, as well as residents in hospitals outside the county.
NHS England reported five new local hospital deaths at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, two at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals and one at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLAG).
Some 31 hospital deaths have been recorded this week, compared to 36 in the first full week of January.
On Friday, national cases increased by 19,114 to 3,911,573, while deaths rose by 1,014 to 111,264.
Lincolnshire health bosses want a slow re-opening of the country, with schools first, amid hopes of a more positive Easter.
They have been feeding back to central government the need to “make one change” first and wait two weeks in order to test the waters and monitor COVID-19.
This week, nearly 130,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Lincolnshire.
By Wednesday, all Lincolnshire care home residents over the age of 65 were offered the first dose of the coronavirus vaccination.
All over 65s in 202 Lincolnshire care homes that are eligible were offered their first dose and everyone who accepted is believed to have now been vaccinated.
The first patients received their jabs as the county’s second largest coronavirus vaccination centre opened at Lincolnshire Showground on Tuesday morning.
COVID-19 vaccinations are provided from the new EXO Centre at Lincolnshire Showground.
It is now open daily between 8am and 8pm and can deliver around 1,000 doses a day — by invitation only.
The UK’s coronavirus reproduction number (R number) – is now between 0.7 and 1.0, according to the latest estimate, down from 0.7 and 1.1 last week.
The R refers to the number of people an infected person will pass COVID-19 on to and means for every 10 people infected, they will pass the virus on to between seven and 10 others.
There has been a slight decline in the overall infection rate in Greater Lincolnshire, but a mixture of increases and decreases across districts.
However, health bosses this week said small infection rate increases “aren’t too concerning” as they are looking at the bigger picture.
Andy Fox, Consultant in Public Health at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “It’s the trend over time that we’re worried about, and as long as it looks like it’s heading down, the ups and downs along the way aren’t too concerning.”
Here’s Greater Lincolnshire’s infection rate over the last seven days up to February 5 according to the government dashboard:
The government has revealed it wants all over-50s to be reached in the coronavirus vaccine rollout by May.
It is a significant target and the first time a firm date has been put on when all those in the top nine categories on the priority list for a COVID-19 jab will be offered one by.
No contracts have yet been awarded to hotels to take part in England’s new quarantine scheme, No 10 has said.
From February 15, all those arriving from 33 COVID variant hotspots will have to stay in a hotel for 10 nights.
The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine remains effective against the coronavirus variant first detected in Kent and the South East, researchers have found.
The researchers who developed the jab say it has a similar efficacy against the variant compared to the original COVID-19 strain it was tested against.
Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Friday, February 5
49,275 cases (up 229)
- 34,699 in Lincolnshire (up 182)
- 7,494 in North Lincolnshire (up 23)
- 7,082 in North East Lincolnshire (up 24)
1,930 deaths (up 15)
- 1,403 from Lincolnshire (up 10)
- 289 from North Lincolnshire (up four)
- 238 from North East Lincolnshire (up one)
of which 1,140 hospital deaths (up eight)
- 706 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (up five)
- 37 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (up two)
- 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
- 396 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (up one)
3,911,573 UK cases, 111,264 deaths