Dorset Council Area Reports 12% Fall In New COVID-19 Cases

The number of positive COVID-19 test results recorded in the Dorset Council area is down 12% on the previous week.

There were 1,171 new infections in the 7 days to the 11th January, a fall of 159 cases compared with the data released the previous week. The Dorset Council area has a case rate of 309 cases per 100,000 people, down from 351 per 100,000.

For comparison, across England, the rate is 562 cases per 100,000.

Over the same period, the BCP Council area recorded 3,455 new positive test results, an increase of 481 on the week before. Their case rate is 874, up from 752 cases per 100,000 residents the previous week.

In Shaftesbury, there were 20 new COVID-19 cases reported in the week between the 4th and 11th of January. That’s down one case on the previous week. Our town’s case rate equates to 224 cases per 100,000. Seven days earlier, the figure was 235 cases per 100,000.

The official death rate in Shaftesbury has, thankfully, not changed during the pandemic. The deaths of four residents have been attributed to COVID-19 in Shaftesbury, between March and November last year.

In the rural area that takes in Motcombe, The Stours and Bourton (but excludes Gillingham) there were 21 cases during this reporting period. That’s one more case than a week before. This sector’s rate is 229 cases per 100,000 people, a slight increase from 218 cases per 100,000 the previous week. One death has been recorded since the start of the pandemic.

In the villages and hamlets to the south and west of Shaftesbury, including Melbury Abbas, Compton Abbas, Guys Marsh, Fontmell Magna and Child Okeford, there were 12 positive test results – 8 fewer cases than the previous week. This area’s ‘rolling rate’ is 165 per 100,000 people, down from 276 per 100,000 people in the previous reporting period.

The sector which takes in the Wiltshire villages of Tollard Royal, Berwick St John and Tisbury has recorded 22 cases this week. That’s down 4 cases on the last period, recording 349 cases per 100,000.

Semley, Mere and East Knoyle, have reported 19 cases, an increase of 10 positive test results on the previous data. The rate for these Wiltshire communities is 282 per 100,000 people. It had been 134 cases per 100,000 people seven days earlier.

Across the county of Wiltshire, there were 1,836 cases recorded during the 7 days to 11th January. That’s 45 more cases than reported in the previous week. The county has a rolling rate of 367 cases per 100,000.

In the Dorset Council area, since the pandemic started, 253 people have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. This is the sixth lowest local authority COVID-19 death rate in England.