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Lincolnshire health officials call on residents to continue to follow social distancing

New data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown how many COVID-19 deaths have been recorded in South Holland.

The data breakdown shows areas in which confirmed deaths stated that COVID-19 was the underlying cause or was mentioned on the death certificate as a contributory factor.

The figures show that there were 72 deaths in our area, which occurred between March 1 andJune 30 and were registered byJuly 11.

Boston's Pilgrim Hospital. (33447631)
Boston's Pilgrim Hospital. (33447631)

The figures show that the highest number of deaths were recorded in Spalding South West and the Long Sutton East and Sutton Bridge area with both seeing 13 deaths during the period (total: 26).

The lowest number of deaths were recorded in both the Crowland and Cowbit area and Spalding East where one death was recorded in each area (total: 2).

From March 6, when COVID-19 cases were first reported in the UK, to early July, 698 cases occurred in the area at a rate of 742.7 per 100,000 people (the district’s population is 93,980).

Earlier this month, South Holland District Council leader, Coun Gary Porter, confirmed that a rise in cases during May was due to increased testing at care homes, after more localised figures, in addition to countywide totals, were made available following his complaint to the Department of Health and Social Care.

Derek Ward, Director of Public Health for Lincolnshire County Council said: “Lincolnshire has so far been an area of relatively low transmission of the disease and we have a robust, well established health protection system. A range of public health measures have helped to reduce the number of cases.

“However, we must remain vigilant and ask residents to help prevent Lincolnshire’s cases increasing by taking care of each other and following social distancing rules.”

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