Health bosses 'looking into possible causes' behind Covid cases rise in South Kesteven
A further 130 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in South Kesteven today (Monday).
It follows a rise over the weekend which brought the district to the top of the infection table in Lincolnshire.
As of this afternoon (Monday), the Government's Covid dashboard shows the seven-day rolling infection rate in the district to be 384.8 per 100,000 people – up from 356.7 yesterday.
The Lincolnshire infection rate is 271.1 and the England average is 518.5.
BBC Local Democracy reporter James Mayer reports that local health bosses don’t know what has caused South Kesteven’s spike in Covid-19 infections, but say cases are increasing all over the East Midlands.
Tony McGinty, assistant director of public health for Lincolnshire, said: “We are just looking into possible causes of this rise in South Kesteven at the moment and have not yet identified any definitive reason for this rise.
“It is clear that cases are increasing all over the East Midlands again though, and higher figures in South Kesteven may be part of this overall rise.
“We are in close contact with South Kesteven District Council and any additional action needed to support local people will be put in place.”
He added: “In the meantime it is really important that people stay at home as much as possible, only travel for essential needs and maintain space, wear face coverings and regularly wash their hands.”
The total number of cases confirmed in South Kesteven now stands at 4,323. There have been no further deaths reported today, leaving the total at 132.
As infections rocket across the country, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to address the nation tonight at 8pm.
South Kesteven District Council and Stamford and Bourne MP Gareth Davies have been approached for comment on the rise of infections, but so far a response has not been received.