Latest Covid updates across Lincolnshire

Professor Derek Ward, director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council, says he’s not overly worried about the bank holiday weekend “as long as people stick to the rules”.

He says: “My key worry is people going round to somebody else’s house and who are in the garden keeping their social distance. Then, it being England and a bank holiday, the heavens open and everybody runs indoors and stays indoors.

“That is not allowed. That is a very high risk thing to do and that is something I would advise very strongly the people of Lincolnshire not to do.”

Professor Ward urges people if that happens to run to their car, wait for it to stop raining and if it doesn’t, “I’m afraid you’ll just have to literally take a rain check on that.

“Avoid the temptation to go indoors with other people who aren’t in your family group because that’s where the risk shoots up.”

“As long as you stick by the rules, the risk of catching Covid is very low.”

More than 400,000 Lincolnshire residents have now received their first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine

A further 31,430 have had second doses, meaning nearly 70% of the county’s eligible population have received a jab.

A total of 31,147,444 people have received their first coronavirus vaccination, government daily figures show. And there has been a further 51 coronavirus-related deaths in the UK.

That brings the total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test to 126,764. There were also 4,479 new infections detected.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he is “very worried” about the impact of long Covid and has said it is one example of how important it is to “tackle this pandemic for good”.

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