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South Kesteven has the highest Covid infection rate in Lincolnshire

South Kesteven has become the worst infected area of Lincolnshire, according to the Government's Covid-19 dashboard.

The district has overtaken Lincoln to become the district with the highest number of cases recorded over the last seven days.

In this period, 508 new cases have been recorded in South Kesteven, with a seven-day rolling infection rate of 356.7 per 100,000 people. This compares to 340 new cases in Lincoln and a rate of 342.4 per 100,000 people.

Infections rates in Lincolnshire, January 4, 2021. (43803535)
Infections rates in Lincolnshire, January 4, 2021. (43803535)

The cases in South Kesteven make up more than a quarter of all cases in Lincolnshire, which has seen 2,011 cases and has an infection rate of 264.2.

The district, however, remains below the national average of 476.9 per 100,000 people in England.

There have been 10 Covid-related deaths in South Kesteven in the last five days. The Government's dashboard shows the total number of deaths in the district now stands at 132, while the total number of cases is 4,193.

Meanwhile, 6,000 of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines are headed for Lincolnshire, while some 7,000 of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines have been administered locally.

Despite this, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that he “does not rule out” another national lockdown due to the high number of cases and deaths each day, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson said regional restrictions in England are "probably about to get tougher".

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