April 1, 2021 5.10 pm This story is over 15 months old

April starts with 121 COVID-19 cases and one death in Greater Lincolnshire

Over 400k received first dose of vaccine in county

There have been 121 new coronavirus cases and one COVID-related death in Greater Lincolnshire on April Fool’s Day, compared to the same number of cases on March 1 but six deaths.

The government’s COVID-19 dashboard recorded 85 new cases in Lincolnshire, 19 in North East Lincolnshire and 17 in North Lincolnshire on the first day of April.

On Thursday, one death was 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.

NHS England reported one new local hospital death at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust.

National cases increased by 4,479 to 4,350,266, while deaths rose by 51 to 126,764.

In local news, health bosses are warning Lincolnshire people to “avoid the temptation to go indoors” over the Easter weekend “because that’s where the COVID-19 risk shoots up”.

Guidance has also been given to stay outdoors in open areas with the few people around, as the risk of catching coronavirus is very low in this context.

More than 400,000 Lincolnshire residents have now received their first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, along with more than 31,430 second doses — meaning nearly 70% of the county’s eligible population have received a jab.

The weekly data released on Thursday shows altogether 436,083 jabs have taken place between December 8 and March 28 — up 49,607, but a drop in administrations from 51,470 the week prior.

Here’s Greater Lincolnshire’s infection rate up to March 31:

Greater Lincolnshire’s infection rates from Mar 26 to Mar 31. | Data: Gov UK / Table: James Mayer for The Lincolnite

In national news, a total of 1.1 million people in the UK have reported having long COVID, latest estimates show.

The data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) defined the condition as symptoms that lasted more than four weeks and are self-reported, rather than clinically diagnosed.

Nearly a third of people who have been in hospital suffering from COVID-19 are readmitted for further treatment within four months of being discharged, and one in eight of patients dies in the same period, doctors have found.

Fewer than one in five people request a COVID-19 test if they have symptoms, while the number who follow full self-isolation rules is low, a large study of the test-and-trace system has found.

The report, published in the British Medical Journal, also found only half of people knew the main COVID symptoms.

Lincolnshire’s COVID cases up to March 31.

Lincolnshire’s COVID deaths up to March 31.

Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Thursday, April 1

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

58,097 cases (up 121)

  • 40,574 in Lincolnshire (up 85)
  • 9,048 in North Lincolnshire (up 17)
  • 8,475 in North East Lincolnshire (up 19)

2,175 deaths (up one)

  • 1,605 from Lincolnshire (up one)
  • 303 from North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 267 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)

of which 1,297 hospital deaths (up one)

  • 806 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (up one)
  • 41 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 449 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (no change)

4,350,266 UK cases, 126,764 deaths