Positive news for northern Lincolnshire in latest Covid cases – but dire warning nationally – Grimsby Live
There are more people in hospital than any time during the pandemic, the health secretary has warned – but the latest stats bring good news for northern Lincolnshire.
New cases are continuing to stay low across the region.
Only 17 more people in North East Lincolnshire tested positive for coronavirus, in the last 24 hour period, in addition to the 6646 who have previously.
North Lincolnshire had 30 new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours. This takes the total to 6927 since the pandemic began.
However, the national picture is much bleaker, with more than 37,000 people currently being treated in hospital.
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The NHS reports that just 90 people of those are being looked after by the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS trust as of Monday morning.
Just over half of those – 47 patients – are in Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, with three of them in ICU.
43 patients are also being treated in Scunthorpe General Hospital, with five of them in intensive care.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned in a televised address that the NHS is under significant pressure.
Tens of thousands of cases are still being confirmed every day, with someone new being admitted to hospital with the virus every 30 seconds.
However, he said the country is on track with the vaccination programme which will enable it to exit the pandemic.
Over half of all over 80s have been given the jab so far, with the number understood to be higher locally.
GP centres in northern Lincolnshire have begun to set up temporary vaccination centres for elderly people who would struggle to travel long distances.
These can be used on an ad hoc basis whenever new doses of the Oxford vaccine are available, speeding up the overall delivery.