Health

There have been 11 days since a COVID-related death was recorded in Greater Lincolnshire, and the government dashboard has removed 85 additional cases in our region due to a new system of measurements.

The government’s COVID-19 dashboard recorded -51 cases in Lincolnshire, -20 in North Lincolnshire and -14 in North East Lincolnshire, as national numbers of newly reported cases have been adjusted and reflect new cases reported.

NHS England reported no new local deaths in hospitals across Greater Lincolnshire.

On Tuesday, national cases increased by 2,412 to 4,450,392, while deaths rose by seven to 127,691.

In local news, cases of the Indian variant in Lincolnshire remain low but health bosses say it will one day become the dominant strain like the Kent variant did.

Authority bosses are trying to temper concerns around the vaccine and reassure people it is safe, in a bid to get as many people to get the jab as possible.

Here are Greater Lincolnshire’s COVID-19 infection rates up to May 17:

Greater Lincolnshire’s infection rates from May 10 to May 17. | Data: Gov UK / Table: James Mayer for The Lincolnite

In national news, it will be a few days before the government can draw any conclusions about whether to deviate from England’s current roadmap out of lockdown, the prime minister has said.

The government plans to end the remaining legal limits on social contact in England from June 21.

A further 106,733 people in the UK had a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine on Monday, taking the total to 36,811,405.

Another 259,049 received their second jab on Monday, meaning 20,546,452 have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the UK.


Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Tuesday, May 18

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

60,252 cases (down 85)

  • 41,834 in Lincolnshire (down 51)
  • 9,693 in North Lincolnshire (down 20)
  • 8,725 in North East Lincolnshire (down 14)

2,192 deaths (no change)

  • 1,617 from Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 307 from North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 268 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)

of which 1,306 hospital deaths (no change)

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

4,450,392 UK cases, 127,691 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.

Cases of the Indian variant in Lincolnshire remain low but health bosses say it will one day become the dominant strain like the Kent variant did.

Authority bosses are trying to temper concerns around the vaccine and reassure people it is safe, in a bid to get as many people to get the jab as possible.

On Tuesday, Sky News published a map which showed where some cases had been confirmed across the county.

The map, which uses figures from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, shows the variant in 127 local authorities – with a rolling average across May 1-8 showing 1 sample processed in West Lindsey and 0.5 in East Lindsey.

Matt Hancock said in the House of Commons on Monday that 2,323 cases had been confirmed across the UK as he opened up vaccines to ages 36-37 and over.

Assistant director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council Andy Fox said his own data did not necessarily fit with the Wellcome Sanger data due to different methodologies.

He said: “We’re aware of just a handful of cases of the variant of concern first detected in India in Lincolnshire, less than five, and in all cases that we’re aware of there’s been no further onward transmission at this point.

“I’m expecting to see more variants of concern in Lincolnshire, and eventually over time, and it will be a slower process in Lincolnshire than elsewhere in the country, this new variant will just become the strain of COVID that is circulating.

“Just as much as flu strains change over time. COVID will probably continually change and new strains will come through but the good news is that as I say the vaccine does seem to be very effective against it.”

As lockdown restrictions relaxed further on Monday, Mr Fox said he was excited, but was always going to urge caution.

“The spread of COVID in some areas in the country is a reminder that we still need to be cautious. Just because we can now do some things that we couldn’t previously doesn’t mean that we should.

“People should still, if they can, prioritise mixing outdoors rather than indoors, that people should still keep safe two metres distance.

“If they can, obviously we do want people to be able to enjoy the new freedoms, but to do so responsibly to try and focus on protecting others through that behaviour and of course, to take up the offer of the vaccine.”

He said there was “no reason not to take” the vaccine, and that it was “clear the vaccine was safe and effective”.

He was happy with how quickly the vaccine had moved through all the age groups originally expecting it to be to be just about on the over 50s at this point rather than the 36-and-overs.

He said numbers in general remain stable as national rate fluctuated with the new variant but he was not concerned about small proportion increases and wouldn’t be until there was an exponential rise.

There have been 31 coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire and no COVID-related deaths on Monday, as restrictions eased further as part of the Prime Minister’s roadmap out of lockdown.

The government’s COVID-19 dashboard recorded 21 new cases in Lincolnshire, seven in North Lincolnshire and three in North East Lincolnshire.

No coronavirus deaths were registered on Monday. These figures include deaths both in and out of hospitals, as well as residents in hospitals outside the county.

However, NHS England reported one new hospital death on Monday at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust for the first day in 10 days, bringing the Greater Lincolnshire total to 1,306 since the pandemic started.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, speaking in the House of Commons on Monday confirmed fewer than 1,000 people are in UK hospitals with coronavirus.

National cases have increased by 1,979 to 4,452,756, while deaths have risen by five to 127,684.

Since Sunday, Greater Lincolnshire and England have seen a drop in their infections with rises in just three of the nine Greater Lincolnshire districts.

South Holland, Lincoln and North East Lincolnshire have all seen increases in their rates with the former now overtaking North Lincolnshire with the highest infection rate in Greater Lincolnshire.

Here’s Greater Lincolnshire’s infection rates up to May 17 according to the government dashboard:

Greater Lincolnshire’s infection rates from May 10 to May 17. | Data: Gov UK / Table: James Mayer for The Lincolnite

In national news, people must continue to play their part in stopping coronavirus, Boris Johnson has said, as lockdown rules ease in England, Wales and most of Scotland.

Millions can now socialise indoors in limited numbers, hug loved ones and visit pubs and restaurants inside.

Thousands of British holidaymakers have started taking advantage of the easing of lockdown rules on overseas travel also.

Travellers from England, Scotland and Wales are jetting off to some countries in what the crisis-hit tourism industry hopes is the start of a recovery.


Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Monday, May 17

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

60,337 cases (up 31)

  • 41,885 in Lincolnshire (up 21)
  • 9,713 in North Lincolnshire (up seven)
  • 8,739 in North East Lincolnshire (up three)

2,192 deaths (no change)

  • 1,617 from Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 307 from North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 268 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)

of which 1,306 hospital deaths (up one)

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

4,452,756 UK cases, 127,684 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.

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