Almost 200 new cases of Covid in Lincolnshire over the weekend
There were 199 new cases of Covid-19 in Lincolnshire over the weekend, taking the total since the pandemic began to 39,645.
By the end of Sunday, six deaths were registered in the county, according to the Government’s Covid-19 dashboard, taking the total to 1,586.
NHS England reported two new hospital deaths at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust. The total number of deaths at the trust's hospitals – which include Grantham, Lincoln and Boston – is now 799.
The infection rate in South Kesteven is rising, one of four areas across Greater Lincolnshire which are seeing increases. The infection rate per 100,000 people stands at 77.9 up to March 21, compared with 59 up to March 12.
Infection rate increases have occurred in four of the nine Greater Lincolnshire districts, most prominently in North Lincolnshire, which has taken the top spot from North East Lincolnshire. North Lincolnshire has the seventh highest infection rate nationally, shortly followed by North East Lincolnshire in 11th place.
The national average of 57.1 per 100,000 people. The national average continues to fall, despite it now being two weeks since pupils went back to school in England.
The weekend saw national cases increase to 4,296,583, while deaths rose to 126,155.
Over the weekend, the number of daily Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the UK hit a record high for a third consecutive day. A combined total of 844,285 first or second doses were given on Saturday, up from 711,157 on Friday.
Boris Johnson is expected to urge EU leaders this week to dismiss any proposals to block coronavirus vaccine exports to the UK.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen insisted over the weekend that the EU has the power to “forbid” exports of coronavirus doses, adding: “That is the message to AstraZeneca.”