CORONAVIRUS case numbers across Dorset have more than doubled for the second week running.
In the latest update on Friday, June 18 it was reported that there were 106 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Dorset Council area, compared to 42 the previous week, and 228 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area, more than three times higher than the previous week’s figure of 74.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people stands at 28.0 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 11.1 in the previous update on June 11, and 57.7 in the BCP area, compared to 18.7.
There were three COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Dorset, an increase from one the previous week.
Up to June 13, 959,163 doses of coronavirus vaccinations had been administered to people in Dorset.
A spokesperson for Public Health Dorset said: “Throughout the past few months we have experienced low case rates across Dorset, but the situation has changed in the last couple of weeks and cases have risen quickly.
“This is also happening across the wider South West region and England but case rates in the BCP Council area have more than tripled since last week, and the Dorset Council case rate is almost triple last week’s as well.
“We currently still have a low number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Dorset. We will monitor this closely over the coming weeks, but we expect the link between cases and hospitalisations to be weakened due to the vaccination rollout.
“At the moment our case rates are highest amongst younger, largely unvaccinated age groups.
“Data shows that the Delta (Indian) variant is more transmissable than previous variants, and it is quickly becoming the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the UK. In line with this, we have seen an increase in Delta variant cases locally over the last few weeks.
“Due to the increase in cases and the higher transmissibility of the Delta variant, it’s more important than ever to keep playing your part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
“Get both doses of the vaccine to make sure you get maximum protection against serious illness. Keep doing regular rapid tests to check you’re not infectious, and self-isolate if you get a positive result or develop any symptoms.
“Remember the guidance on hands, face, space and fresh air, to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.”
Coronavirus case numbers in Lyme Regis area
COVID case numbers in the local area continue to remain low but are increasing, with the Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Marshwood Vale area recording three cases in the seven-day period up until June 15 – an increase of one on the previous week.
The area has previously been listed listed as having ‘fewer than three’ cases since early March.
In small areas where there fewer than three cases, full figures are not released as to protect the identity of individuals.
There are still ‘fewer than three’ cases in many surrounding areas, including Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton; Axminster; Seaton; and Burton Bradstock & Chideock.
There were three cases reported in Beaminster, Maiden Newton & Halstock in the seven days up until June 15, the same as the previous week; three in Bridport South & West Bay, an increase of one; and four in Bridport North, an increase of two.
You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/