New COVID-19 Cases Rise In Shaftesbury And Areas Of Rural North Dorset

There’s been a slight increase in the number of positive coronavirus test results in the Dorset Council area and Shaftesbury. 

And the latest figures reveal a rise in the area that covers the villages and hamlets to the south and west of our town.

The data, published by the Office for National Statistics yesterday, Saturday 23rd January, covers the seven-day period running to 18th January. The rolling rate compares areas of the UK by calculating the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

In England as a whole the number is 454 per 100,000. In the Dorset Council area, the rate is below the national average. There are 312 cases per 100,000. It was 311 during the previous seven-day period. The BCP council area has fallen to 723 from 876 cases per 100,000 seven days ago. Wiltshire’s rolling rate is down to 296 from 369 per 100,000.

In our local area, Shaftesbury’s rolling rate is 357, up from 224 cases per 100,000 last time. The rural area of Motcombe, Bourton and The Stour’s, which excludes Gillingham, is now 153 cases per 100,000, down from 229.

But there’s been quite an increase in the Melbury Abbas, Compton Abbas, Guys Marsh and Child Okeford sector. The rate has risen to 482 cases per 100,000. A week ago, the number was 165.

In, Wiltshire the rolling rate is down in the East Knoyle, Mere and Semley area. It stands at 134 per 100,000. It had been 282 one week ago. And there is another fall for the Tollard Royal, Berwick St John and The Donheads area. It’s currently 253 and was 349 cases per 100,000 previously.

In terms of new cases over the seven-day period, there have been 1,180 positive test results in the Dorset Council area, up 4 cases on the last figures. There have been 606 fewer cases this week in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. 2,857 positive tests were recorded in the recent data. Wiltshire has reported 1,478 new cases, down 368 on the previous week.

Locally, Shaftesbury has reported 23 cases, up 3 on last time. There have been 14 positive tests in the Motcombe, Bourton and The Stour’s area. That’s down seven on last time. In Melbury Abbas, Compton Abbas, Guy’s Marsh and Child Okeford there have been 35 cases. That’s the biggest climb in our area – 23 more cases than last time.

New infections have fallen in the East Knoyle, Mere and Semley area. There were 9 recorded cases in these recent figures, down from 19. The Tollard Royal, Berwick St John and The Donheads area has seen 16 new cases during the seven days to 18th January. In the previous week there were 22 cases.