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  1. 'Shift focus from infection rates' - Public health boss

    Lincolnshire's most senior health expert says in the coming months there should be less focus on how high rates of coronavirus infection are due to the impact of the vaccines.

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    Professor Derek Ward, Lincolnshire's director of public health, says: "We need to start to shift our gaze a little bit and move away from looking all the time at our rates of infection to looking at how many people who do catch Covid actually then need treatment and support."

    Professor Ward adds that infection rates will rise as the economy opens up again, but that's not as important if those people aren't as seriously affected by the virus.

    He told BBC Radio Lincolnshire: "I think we will see more infection, especially when we open up schools and the economy".

    However, he added that "as long as it's just a mild infection in people" people shouldn't be as concerned "if vaccination goes to plan".

    Quote Message: We are moving into a situation where we will keep vaccinating and protecting our most vulnerable, but we also need to open up our economy and therefore I think the figures will go up." from Professord Derek Ward Director of public health, Lincolnshire
    Professord Derek WardDirector of public health, Lincolnshire
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    Video caption: Sentinel spy plane lands at RAF Waddington for the final time.

    Raytheon Sentinel spy plane lands at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire for the final time.

  3. Lincolnshire's Friday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Today, it will be dry and bright with the odd patch of cloud but plenty of sunshine throughout.

    Remaining mild for the time of year.

    Tonight, it will remain dry with clear spells and the odd cloudy patch.

    Feeling chilly, with temperatures dropping under mainly clear skies.

    There is the chance of mist or fog patches:

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  4. Big fall in number of Lincolnshire's rough sleepers

    The number of rough sleepers in Lincolnshire has more than halved in the last year, according to latest figures.

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    New statistics for the county show a dramatic reduction from 75 people sleeping rough daily in 2019 to 34 in 2020. Lincoln saw the biggest fall - from 27 in 2019 to eight last year.

    The figures for Lincolnshire follow the national trend, which has seen a drop of 37% in rough sleepers across England.

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, which compiled the figures, says the sharp reduction is likely to have been affected by measures taken by government to tackle Covid-19, including the Everyone In scheme, which put up 33,000 people during the pandemic.

    Experts say that scheme, and lockdown restrictions, makes comparison with previous years difficult.

  5. US Late Late Show success for Lincolnshire musician

    A Grantham musician who got her start on BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire is to be featured on one of America's biggest talk shows tonight.

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    Holly Humberstone will have a performance, filmed in Lincolnshire, featured on the Late Late Show with James Corden.

    The show, which is famous for introducing Carpool Karaoke to the world, has over 1.5 million regular viewers in the US and is broadcast on Friday Nights on Sky Comedy in the UK.

    Holly began by uploading her music to BBC Introducing, which has kickstarted the careers of many global artists including George Ezra, Florence and the Machine, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Blossoms.

  6. A-Level students pleased with teacher assessment plans

    A-Level students in Lincolnshire have welcomed plans for teacher-assessed grades this summer, rather than exams.

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    Today it's been confirmed schools, not exams or algorithms, will decide A-Level and GCSE grades.

    At Haven High Academy in Boston one student says its "definitely a good idea".

    Sophie, who's studying in the Sixth Form, says "it takes a lot of anxiety off the situation" which she says has already been difficult.

    "Stress of the exams is a lot, and to miss a lot of education time... we have had online schooling, but it's still different from being in a classroom."

    Classmate Mark, who's also taking his A-Levels, says the idea of using teacher assessment is a "fairer" system than exams.

    He says "If we had to go to tests, grades wouldn't be as high as it would normally be. Having our teachers assessing our grades is definitely a beneficial thing."

    Last year the government had to perform a U-turn after students had their grades reduced because of an algorithm used.

  7. Over a third of Lincolnshire adults have had Covid jabs

    More than a third of people aged over 16 in Lincolnshire have now had a coronavirus vaccine, it's been confirmed.

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    An additional 34,000 injections were given in the seven days up to Sunday, new figures from NHS England show.

    The vast majority were first jabs, with two being given 12 weeks apart to give maximum immunity from Covid-19.

    A total of 237,000 have now been given in Lincolnshire, that's 37% of the population aged over 16.

  8. Rural Lincolnshire 4G 'not-spots' to get upgrade

    A total of 15 areas of Lincolnshire with poor mobile phone coverage are to get a 4G upgrade by the end of the year, it's been confirmed.

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    The areas due an upgrade include parts of East Lindsey, South Holland, South Kesteven and West Lindsey.

    On average, 4G is three times faster than 3G connections.

    The upgrade, by phone network EE and subsidised by the government, is to help tackle so called "not-spots".

    Boston and Skegness MP, and Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman, says he's "delighted" at the upgrade.

    Areas due an upgrade in Lincolnshire are:

    • A153, Haltham, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire
    • Addlethorpe, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire
    • Mareham le Fen, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire
    • Roughton, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire
    • Wragby, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire
    • Broughton, North Lincolnshire
    • Moulton Seas End, South Holland, Spalding, Lincolnshire
    • Bitchfield and Bassingthorpe, South Kesteven, Lincolnshire
    • B1176, Little Bytham, South Kesteven, Lincolnshire
    • Careby Aunby and Holywell, South Kesteven, Lincolnshire
    • Stoke Rochford, South Kesteven, Lincolnshire
    • Swayfield, South Kesteven, Lincolnshire
    • Witham on the Hill, South Kesteven, Lincolnshire
    • Bullington, West Lindsey, Lincolnshire
    • Market Rasen, West Lindsey, Lincolnshire
  9. Lincolnshire call for 'Dame Jo Whiley'

    BBC radio presenter Jo Whiley should be made a Dame after her campaign to get people with learning disabilities the Covid vaccine, a Lincolnshire woman has said.

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    Video caption: Jo Whiley welcomes vaccine prioritisation for people with learning disabilities

    Lynn Bannister, from Market Rasen, who has learning disabilities herself, says she is "really pleased" at news people on the learning disability register should be bumped up the vaccine queue.

    People with a "severe or profound" learning disability in England and Wales were already in priority groups for the jab.

    But now everyone on their GP's learning disability register will be invited for vaccination regardless of how severe their disability is, Public Health England has confirmed.

    Ms Bannister described this as "the cherry on the cake" following a campaign by Jo Whiley, whose sister has a learning disability and diabetes.

    Ms Bannister has been self-isolating with her father in Market Rasen for the last year, but the increased chance of a vaccine means she may soon be able to return to living independently.

    She says she's going to call BBC Radio 2 about Jo Whiley's campaign and "get her made a Dame" and is calling for people across Lincolnshire to support the idea.

  10. Lincolnshire's Thursday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Any light rain around initially this morning will soon clear.

    Cloud will then gradually clear to the southeast this afternoon, to give some brightness before sunset.

    Still mild for the time of year.

    Dry and mostly clear tonight, allowing temperatures to drop away, making it much less mild compared to recent nights.

    Staying dry and clear through till morning:

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  11. Lincolnshire's Wednesday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    It'll be dry and fine in Lincolnshire today, with patchy cloud and spells of hazy sunshine.

    Exceptionally mild, with temperatures reaching into the mid-teens. A moderate southerly breeze.

    This evening will be dry and mild.

    Overnight, cloud will build in, bringing a few spots of light rain or drizzle. Winds easing:

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  12. Lincolnshire's weather tonight

    It's going to be a dry and mild night in Lincolnshire.

    Here's the latest forecast:

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  13. Jobs still hang 'by a thread' in Lincolnshire due to Covid

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    Business bosses in Lincolnshire say jobs still hang “by a thread” in the county due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns, however they say there is “some light at the end of a very dark tunnel”.

    Lincoln High Street

    In December, research suggested 218 businesses in Lincoln were at immediate risk of failing as they run out of cash.

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak is due to announce details of his spring budget next week, where he is expected to extend the furlough scheme until at least May.

    That follows the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday focusing on the way out of the coronavirus lockdown.

    Simon Beardsley, chief executive of Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Even with the new roadmap, the future of thousands of firms and millions of jobs still hangs by a thread.

    "Many hard-hit businesses simply don’t have the cash reserves needed to hold out several more months before they are allowed to reopen.

    “We will continue to lobby to see that all the key support schemes for business should be extended – through the summer and wherever possible throughout 2021 – to ensure that as many viable organisations as possible can make it to the end of this pandemic and on the road to recovery," he added.

  14. Health bosses 'optimistic' over end to Covid lockdown

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    Lincolnshire health bosses say they're "very optimistic" coronavirus lockdown restrictions will be eased on time, as outlined by the prime minister on Monday - but they warn “this isn’t over yet”.

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    Boris Johnson announced his roadmap out of the third lockdown yesterday, which will start with schools opening on 8 March and non-essential shops open by 12 April.

    Lincolnshire County Council’s assistant director of public health Andy Fox praised the government’s planned five-week gap between each eased restriction as "intelligent".

    However, Mr Fox added: “This isn’t over yet. It’s great we’ve got a roadmap for getting out of lockdown, but we still have to make sure that at every stage we are following the lockdown restrictions.”

    East Lindsey currently has the lowest Covid-19 infection rate in Greater Lincolnshire, with 49.4 cases per 100,000 people.

    Over 7,000 Covid tests were carried out in the district in the last seven days, the second highest number of tests in Lincolnshire before North Kesteven, which carried out 8,000 in the last week.

    Mr Fox put this down to a “couple of factors”.

    He said: "One is that they have an ageing population, compared to other areas in Lincolnshire. We think those people are often very willing to just stay at home and to follow the lockdown measures.

    "But more importantly, you might just be starting to see the impact of vaccination coverage."

  15. Lincolnshire's Tuesday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Staying dry throughout the day today, with mostly cloudy skies, although there may be some sunny spells this morning.

    The winds will also be quite breezy at times.

    It will continue to remain dry through this evening and tonight, with cloudy skies.

    The winds will also remain blustery, but it will be a mild night:

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