People still being infected with Covid-19 in North East Lincolnshire

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People still being infected with Covid-19 in North East Lincolnshire

According to the regions public health expert, at least 50 people are still being infected with Covid-19 every week in North East Lincolnshire.

North East Lincolnshire may have escaped the worst of the coronavirus outbreak but a new report reveals there are still a significant number of new local infections every day.

This figure is based on Grimsby, Cleethorpes and the surrounding towns and villages, with best estimates at between four and eight new infections a day.

Data has been gathered from ongoing testing shows that the virus is far from eradicated, and is still being transmitting in the local area.

This is equivalent to roughly 100 to 200 new cases per month.

North East Lincolnshire Council’s battle plan to manage future outbreaks has also revealed that over 30 patients with coronavirus were hospitalised at one point during the pandemic, putting local emergency services under enormous pressure.

Despite infection rates, just two Covid-19 patients now remain in the Princess Diana of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, according to the Council.

The council’s report states:

“Despite the big fall in the number of new cases we continue to see cases being diagnosed in the borough on a regular basis so the disease has not gone away.

“Based on numbers of cases being confirmed through Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 testing since the beginning of June we estimate that between four and eight new cases of Covid-19 are occurring in our population each day.”

“Although our local hospital was under considerable pressure with over 30 Covid-19 positive cases in the hospital at one point in early April, this situation had largely resolved by early May and today there are just two people in Diana Princess of Wales with positive Covid-19 infection.”

North East Lincolnshire has seen one of the lowest rates of coronavirus fatalities in the country.

But, it is feared that this may begin to rise steadily as out of town visitors flock to Cleethorpes.

To date, the death toll at the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust’s Hospitals is 116.

Speaking about the local situation, council leader Philip Jackson said:

“We all want to see restrictions continue to be eased, but should infection rates rise again, we face exactly the opposite with tighter restrictions and a possible return to the lockdown nobody wants to see.

“Doing the right thing will help us keep this virus under control and help us all return to normal life as soon as is safely possible.”

The plan going-forward will be debated by North Lincolnshire Council’s cabinet on Monday.

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