The number of weekly COVID cases has risen week-on-week in Lincolnshire, as local health bosses hope new measures will help tackle Lincoln’s number one spot in the UK infections charts.
The government’s COVID-19 dashboard over the weekend reported 794 new cases in Lincolnshire, 223 in North East Lincolnshire and 189 in North Lincolnshire. The total weekly 4,149 figure is 12% higher than the 3,708 cases last week.
Government figures also showed two further updates to their deaths data in Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire, bringing the total for the week to nine. NHS figures do not update over the weekend, leaving the weekly tally across Greater Lincolnshire’s hospitals to seven.
Nationally, cases increased to 6,069,362 while deaths rose to a total of 130,320 over the weekend.
Lincoln stayed top of the national rankings for infection rates over the weekend, ending on Sunday with an infection rate of 732.6. The England average is 283.9.
New measures are being brought in by local health bosses to try to tackle the coronavirus issues in the city – including a new mobile testing van which will be on the newly-revamped Cornhill from 10am-3pm Monday to Friday this week.
Elsewhere this weekend there was a national warning from the British Heart Foundation that waiting lists for vital heart care could get longer.
The charity said it could rise by 40% by next Spring and told news outlets that they were already “far too long” pre-pandemic.
A-level students are due to get their results this week, and exams watchdog Ofqual has already said students were treated fairly in their gradings.
Simon Lebus, the head of the organisation, said teacher assessments gave a “much more accurate reflection” of the pupils abilities.
The competitions watchdog has been asked to investigate “excessive” pricing and “exploitative practices” for PCR COVID tests by the health secretary Sajid Javid.
Some reports have suggested tests have been offered for more than £500, test results not being sent out and damaged PCR kits.
Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Sunday, August 8
86,064 cases (up 1,206)
- 56,246 in Lincolnshire (up 794)
- 13,232 in North Lincolnshire (up 189)
- 16,586 in North East Lincolnshire (up 223)
2,227 deaths (up two)
- 1,634 from Lincolnshire (up one)
- 306 from North Lincolnshire (up one)
- 287 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)
of which 1,333 hospital deaths (no change)
- 823 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (no change)
- 43 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
- 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
- 466 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (no change)
6,069,362 UK cases, 130,320 deaths