New cases of coronavirus in Dorset have risen again during the last seven days.
The Dorset Council area is recording 159 cases per 100,000 people. There were 106 cases per 100,000 residents before Christmas. 603 positive test results were recorded in the Dorset Council area during the seven days to the 28th of December – an increase of 203 cases.
Official government figures reveal a sizeable increase in new cases in the BCP council area – 1,237 new cases. That is a rise of 504 positive tests over the same period. The Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council now has a similar case rate to Leicester, the first city to experience a localised lockdown following the easing of the national restrictions in the summer. BCP has recorded 313 cases per 100,000 residents. But both Dorset local authority areas remain below the UK average of 398 cases per 100,000 people.
In Shaftesbury, the rate equates to 101 cases per 100,000. There have been nine cases over this seven-day reporting period, up one on last time.
The number of new cases in the rural area which includes Motcombe, The Stours and Bourton is ten. That is down two cases compared with the figures released before Christmas. The infection rate in this district equals 109 people per 100,000
The sector that includes Melbury Abbas, Compton Abbas and Guys Marsh has reported six cases – no change since before Christmas. The local infection rate is 83 per 100,000.
The area of Wiltshire that includes The Donheads and Tollard Royal has reported 11 new cases in the past week, down 2. Their case rate is 174 per 100,000 people.
The Semley, East Knoyle and Mere sector stands at 223 per 100,000 people. There have been 15 cases during the reporting period, an increase of two on last time.
Thankfully, few Shaftesbury area residents have died from the virus, according to government statistics. Four deaths have been attributed to coronavirus in Shaftesbury since March.
There has been one death recorded in the largely rural area which includes Motcombe and The Stours. One person has died from COVID-19 in the area including Guys Marsh, Hartgrove, Melbury Abbas, Fontmell and Child Okeford.
No coronavirus deaths were recorded in the Donheads, Berwick, Tollard Royal and Tisbury area. One person has died from the virus in the Semley, East Knoyle and Mere district.