North East Lincolnshire

North East Lincolnshire’s infection rate has tripled over the last week and has been put down to a number of cases being the COVID-19 Delta variant, previously known as the Indian mutation.

From tests taken in the last 10 days, three cases of the Delta variant have been confirmed in North East Lincolnshire with a further 25 cases likely to be the Delta variant. Some 22 cases were in people 40 years old or under.

On June 2, North East Lincolnshire’s infection rate was 11.9, this has more than tripled to 37 per 100,000 of the population on Wednesday, a week later.

North East Lincolnshire a week ago had the second lowest infection rate in Greater Lincolnshire – that has now climbed to the top, followed by South Holland.

However, infection rates still remain low compared to national figures as North East Lincolnshire ranks 138th highest, compared to areas such as Blackburn with Darwen and Bolton that have infection rates above 300 – ranking first and second in the UK.

Greater Lincolnshire’s infection rates from June 2 to June 9. | Data: Gov UK / Table: James Mayer for The Lincolnite

North East Lincolnshire’s epidemiology report said: “The rise in cases is in part associated with the emergence of the Delta variant in North East Lincolnshire.”

There is one confirmed COVID-19 case in Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, but no cases currently reported in care homes for the fourth week in a row.

Cases are more prevalent in younger age groups with more in women than men, with increases in the over 60s in the last week.

Humberston & New Waltham and Waltham wards recorded the highest number of cases in the last week.

North East Lincolnshire heat map from over the last month.

Steve Pintus, Northern Lincolnshire’s Director of Public Health, said: “We know from our modelling and the lessons learned in previous outbreaks that the virus takes time to spread from areas of high infection.

“This time we have access to the vaccine and already most people aged over 30 have had at least one dose. For those that haven’t it is vital they book a jab as soon as possible.”

He added: “Vaccines are now also available to people aged between 25 and 29 and I would urge people in this age group to book as soon as possible. Everyone over the age of 18 will be offered the vaccine over the next few days and weeks.”

Preparatory works have begun on the RNLI’s new £3 million lifeboat station in Cleethorpes, which is scheduled to open in 2023.

The new lifeboat station has been planned in the North East Lincolnshire town for some time. Planning and other permissions are now in place and land ownership issues have been resolved, meaning physical works can now begin.

Negotiations are currently ongoing to agree a start date for the main build of the boathouse, which the RNLI hopes will be complete by mid-2023.

Artist’s impressions have now been revealed to show the new building. The charity has also installed steps onto the beach, which will be required to maintain public access when the building is in place.

New steps have been installed, which will be required to maintain public access. | Photo: RNLI

The new station will be built on the beach in front of the current station and will provide the capability to position a second lifeboat at Cleethorpes, a more powerful B Class Atlantic 85. This will join the existing D Class lifeboat already on station.

The new station will have its own slipway for launch and recovery of boats. Currently, the lifeboat has to cross a public road near a blind bend.

The new station will be built on the beach in front of the current station. | Photo: RNLI

Changing and training facilities will also be improved and the RNLI shop will move on site too. This will give shop volunteers access to running water and a toilet, neither of which are available in the current shop.

The next phase of building works will be the most disruptive, with discussion regarding the required construction licences still ongoing, alongside tendering and detailed planning.

Changing and training facilities will also be improved and the RNLI shop will move on site too. | Photo: RNLI

Mick Fowler, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Cleethorpes, said: “The confirmation of the build of our new station is an exciting moment for all our volunteers in Cleethorpes, both operational and fundraising, as it marks one step closer to being able to move into the new facility.”

The project is being funded by the RNLI and £120,000 has already been raised towards the first £200,000 target – donations can be made to the RNLI here.

Community Manager Nikki Wrench said: “We have set a target to raise £200,000 towards the cost of the station rebuild and have so far raised £120,000 of this through the amazing fundraising that has been done by all of our life saving volunteers and community supporters.

“We need your help to raise the remaining £80,000 so that our volunteer crew can continue to save lives, train safely and provide the local community with this critical service.”

The Wildhearts and Big Country will co-headline Cleethorpes Rocks for NHS, a one-day live music festival this summer, with free tickets available for all NHS staff.

The big thank you concert event will take place at Meridian Park between 2pm and 10.30pm on Saturday, July 31.

Other acts performing over the day include Dr Feelgood and Grimsby-based rock band The Brew.

Free admission will be available for all NHS staff and tickets can be collected in person from Solid Entertainments at 46 Wellowgate in Grimsby from Tuesday, June 1.

NHS employees must be present to produce their own NHS photo ID to obtain the free ticket.

For others attending the concert, early bird tickets are available priced at £19. Family tickets are also available priced at £25 (one adult with 1, 2 or 3 children under 16) or £45 (two adults with 1, 2, or 3 children under 16) – book tickets here.

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