Caution is needed as Lincolnshire region hits fourth highest coronavirus infection rate in England

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Lincolnshire health bosses insist people “should be worried but not alarmed” after an increase in cases saw East Lindsey skyrocket to have the fourth highest infection rate in England. The district, which includes Skegness and much of the Lincolnshire coast, has recorded 787 new cases in the latest government figures over seven days through November 14.

This saw East Lindsey’s infection rate per 100,000 population rise to 555.3.

Only Hull (760.6), Swale (589.7) and Oldham (568.9) currently have a higher rate.

The English average is 274.3 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Professor Derek Ward, director of public health for Lincolnshire County Council, has warned that if the numbers do not decline nationally, the government may consider further tightening the lockdown rules.



Holidaymakers enjoying the sun on Skegness Pier in 2009

Professor Ward told BBC Radio Lincolnshire: “I think we should be worried but not alarmed.

“What we’ve seen from the start is definitely an increase across the county, but more particularly in East Lindsey.”

However, he added: “In recent days [our own figures] saw a change, in that they flattened out and started to drop, but these are the early days.

He said there was particular concern for those over 60 in the district and repeated travel warnings when possible.



Professor Derek Ward, Director of Public Health at Lincolnshire County Council

It comes as people continue to travel to North East Lincolnshire for work and shopping.

“The challenge will be in the next week, if we don’t see the numbers go down, there will definitely be an aspect of delay,” Professor Ward said.

“The government will consider tightening the lockdown if we don’t see the numbers drop.”



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Here are the latest government figures for the seven-day period through November 14, including the number of cases and infection rates per 100,000 population, from highest to lowest:

  • East Lindsey, 787 cas, 555,3
  • Boston, 330 cas, 470,3
  • Lincoln, 448, 451,2
  • North Kesteven, 362, 309.6
  • West Lindsey, 264, 276
  • South Kesteven, 331, 232.4
  • South Holland, 215, 226.3

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