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Paul Russell

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  1. Indian variant of Covid confirmed in Lincolnshire

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A "handful" of Indian variant cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Lincolnshire.

    Woman self-testing

    Professor Derek Ward, Lincolnshire County Council’s director for public health, said it was "very small numbers" and he was "comfortable" the cases had mainly centred around people who had returned from foreign travel or who were connected with people who had.

    Officially called B.1.617.2 - it is one of four mutated versions of coronavirus which have been designated as being "of concern" by UK public health bodies, with others first being identified in Kent, South Africa and Brazil.

    Experts believe the India variant has mutations that may make it more transmissible, but it is not yet known if it causes more severe disease or if it might make current vaccines less effective.

    Professor Ward said: "With this variant, it looks like the vaccines are working perfectly well, it looks like you’ll get the same sorts of disease, no worse no better. It’s just a bit more transmissible."

  2. Trains reintroduced after safety checks prompted by cracks

    Trains taken out of service after cracks were found are to be reintroduced following "rigorous safety checks", the Rail Delivery Group says.

    Hitachi Class 800

    Some of the Hitachi Class 800 trains have cracks on the lifting plate, but as this is used for maintenance and not passenger journeys, regulators have agreed they are safe to return.

    There has been disruption for passengers since Saturday

    The rail minister warned travellers to expect disruption for "some time".

    The Rail Delivery Group said Great Western Railway and London North Eastern Railway (LNER) will ramp up services.

    Travellers are being advised to continue to check with their operator before they travel.

  3. Thursday's Yorkshire and Lincolnshire weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    This morning will be dry with patchy cloud and spells of sunshine.

    In the afternoon, a few scattered showers may push in from the west, however these should clear later on in the day.

    Tonight, thicker cloud will build in from the east through the night and it will turn overcast. It should remain dry, however.

    Weather graphic
  4. Tuesday's Yorkshire and Lincolnshire weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Today will start dry with plenty of sunshine.

    In the afternoon, cloud will develop and heavy showers will move in towards the evening.

    This evening heavy showers will continue and may become thundery.

    It will gradually turn drier overnight with some clear spells developing:

    Weather graphic
  5. UK Covid alert level reduced from four to three

    The UK's coronavirus alert level is being lowered from four to three on the advice of experts.

    Woman in facemask

    The chief medical officers for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales said the decision to downgrade was thanks to the efforts of the UK public in bringing Covid rates down.

    Cases, hospitalisations and deaths have all decreased.

    Although the virus is still in general circulation, transmission is no longer high or rising exponentially.

    And vaccines are having the desired protective effect.

    A statement from the chief medical officers for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales as well as NHS England national medical director Stephen Powys said: "Thanks to the efforts of the UK public in social distancing, and the impact we are starting to see from the vaccination programme, case numbers, deaths and Covid hospital pressures have fallen consistently.

    "However Covid is still circulating, with people catching and spreading the virus every day so we all need to continue to be vigilant. This remains a major pandemic globally.

    "It is very important that we all continue to follow the guidance closely and everyone gets both doses of the vaccine when they are offered it."

  6. Monday's Yorkshire and Lincolnshire weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Widespread showers will develop throughout the day, becoming less frequent towards dusk.

    Winds will be moderate to fresh.

    This evening showers will ease to leave a dry night with clear spells. Winds will also lessen, becoming gentle.

    Weather graphic
  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A1173 Lincolnshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A1173 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, from Stallingborough to Stallingborough.

    A1173 Lincolnshire - A1173 in Stallingborough closed in both directions from the Stallingborough junction to the Stallingborough junction, because of the level crossing isn't working.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe disruption: A16 Lincolnshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A16 Lincolnshire both ways severe disruption, between A1098 Hewitt's Avenue and A46 Weelsby Road.

    A16 Lincolnshire - A16 Peaks Parkway in Grimsby closed in both directions between Low Farm Roundabout and the A46 Weelsby Road junction, because of a police investigation.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time