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Lockdown easing delay as COVID numbers double in a week in Lincolnshire

PM delay announcement expect at 6pm

Senior ministers have agreed to delay the last stage of lockdown by four weeks as coronavirus numbers continue to rise across the UK.

The latest figures show there have been 387 new COVID-19 cases in Greater Lincolnshire last week and two deaths — compared to just 197 cases (96% week on week increase) and one death the previous week.

The government’s COVID-19 dashboard over the weekend recorded 66 new cases in Lincolnshire, 38 in North East Lincolnshire and eight in North Lincolnshire.

No further deaths were added on to the government’s public health figures. NHS England does not update its figures over weekends currently.

Nationally COVID cases increased to 4,565,813 with 7,490 of those on Sunday while deaths rose to 127,904.

Lincolnshire’s coronavirus case date up to June 14.

Sources in the government have told the BBC that senior members of the government have agreed to the delay of easing current restrictions until July 19, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson expected to hold a press conference at 6pm.

It means the legal limits on social contact would remain, while nightclubs will stay closed and capacity limits at sports, pubs and cinemas will stay in place.

A number of health experts have called for the delay so that more people can be vaccinated and receive their second doses as cases of the Delta (Indian) variant increase.

Boris Johnson will speak later on Monday.

Health minister Edward Agar said there had been a “concerning increase” and that hospitalisation numbers were “beginning to creep up”.

Sky News has reported that the PM will plead for “one last heave” from the public when he announces the delay later.

It is understood extra support for businesses could be included in the announcement.

Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Sunday, June 13

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

61,183 cases (up 112)

  • 42,414 in Lincolnshire (up 66)
  • 9,823 in North Lincolnshire (up eight)
  • 8,946 in North East Lincolnshire (up 38)

2,197 deaths (no change)

  • 1,622 from Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 307 from North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 268 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)

of which 1,311 hospital deaths (no change)

  • 816 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (no change)
  • 41 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 453 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (no change)

4,565,813 UK cases, 127,904 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.