The COVID cases in the UK continue to rise. Today it was reported that 119,789 new coronavirus cases in the UK were reported, which is the high daily figure since the pandemic began.
In Lincolnshire, the number of new cases in Greater Lincolnshire today stands at 1,321. There are no signs of COVID slowing down in the Greater Lincolnshire area or in the UK.
With 147 more deaths today, some health experts are wondering why Boris Johnson is not doing more to tackle the COVID pandemic. Some MPs have asked if Boris Johnson is sleeping on the job, while some Lincolnshire residents want him to go and for someone else to take over.
Health officials in Greater Lincolnshire are trying to convince those who are not vaccinated of the importance of getting protected.
36% of people admitted to hospital for COVID have not been vaccinated. This shows the importance of getting vaccinated and having the booster jab.
If the cases continue to rise, then there are fears that Boris Johnson could bring in stricter restrictions.
We have spoken to pub landlords in Boston, Skegness, Scunthorpe and Lincoln who have said they are already struggling, and another lockdown could finish them off.
It is hoped the number of COVID cases will start to drop but time will only tell.
Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Thursday, December 23
177,711 (up 1,321)
120,206 in Lincolnshire (up 1,008)
28,054 in North Lincolnshire (up 148)
29,451 in North East Lincolnshire (up 165)
2,553 deaths (up one)
1,868 from Lincolnshire (up one)
342 from North Lincolnshire (no change)
343 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)
of which 1,534 hospital deaths (no change)
945 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (no change)
45 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
540 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (no change)