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Some Shaftesbury Area Villages Record England’s Fourth Highest COVID-19 Rate

Some of Shaftesbury’s neighbouring communities are now reporting the fourth highest COVID-19 rolling rate in the country.

Across England, the average new case rate is 330 cases per 100,000 people. In the Dorset Council area that figure is now 247. But the rate has shot up to 1,061 cases per 100,000 across the area covering Melbury Abbas, Compton Abbas, Child Okeford and Guys Marsh.

Only three districts – in Nottinghamshire, Shropshire and the West Midlands – have recorded higher rates during the seven-day period to 25th January.

There have been 77 new cases in the Melbury, Compton, Fontmell and Guys Marsh areas recorded in this latest data. That’s the largest number of cases anywhere in the Shaftesbury area since the pandemic began. And it’s another increase on the previous week’s data, which identified 42 new cases for these villages south and west of Shaftesbury.

Government data doesn’t identify the precise location of cases. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Justice issued a statement to Alfred confirming ‘a number of positive cases’ at Guys Marsh Prison, but they would not tell us how many cases there had been.

The data is more promising in Shaftesbury and most of our local communities. In terms of new case numbers over the seven-day period, Shaftesbury has reported 14 positive tests. That’s down 9 on last time. Shaftesbury’s rolling rate now stands at 157 cases per 100,000, down from 257 during the previous week.

The rural area of Motcombe, Bourton and The Stours, which excludes Gillingham, has recorded 11 new cases. There were 14 cases reported in the 18th January data. The rolling rate is at 120 per 100,000 down from 153.

In, Wiltshire, the East Knoyle, Mere and Semley area had 12 positive test results in these recent figures, up 3. The rolling rate has risen to 178 per 100,000, a climb from 134 one week before.

The Tollard Royal, Berwick St John and The Donheads area has seen 11 new cases, 5 fewer than the week before. The rolling rate for these villages is currently at 174, down from 253 per 100,000.

There have been 936 positive test results in the Dorset Council area, down 250 cases on the last figures. The Dorset Council area case rate is 330 per 100,000.

2,087 positive tests were recorded in the BCP Council area, down 787. The BCP rolling rate is 528 cases per 100,000.

Wiltshire has reported 1,051 new cases, down 437 on the previous week. Wiltshire’s rolling rate is 210 cases per 100,000.

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