CORONAVIRUS case rates have fallen across Dorset over the past week.
As of Thursday, April 1, there were 108 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Dorset Council area, compared to 113 the previous week, and 68 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area, compared to 99.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 28.5 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 29.9 in the last update on March 26, and 17.2 in the BCP area, a drop from 25.0 the previous week.
There are currently 4 COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset, compared to 16 in last update on March 26.
Up to March 28, 479,858 doses had been administered to people in Dorset.
A spokesperson from Public Health Dorset said: “Both Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council areas have seen a slight fall in case rates this week.
“Both areas are now below the average rate for the South West and significantly lower than the England average.
“Whilst it is good news that our case rates have fallen over recent weeks, as restrictions start to ease it’s more important than ever to remain vigilant. In the last few months we have seen how quickly things can change.
“This week saw restrictions on social contact start to be eased, with people now able to meet outdoors in groups of up to six people, or two households.
“Please remember that you still need to maintain social distancing when meeting others, and only meet in outside spaces where the risk of transmission is much lower than indoors.
“Whilst many of us are looking forward to doing more of the things we enjoy and seeing the people we love over the coming months, it’s important to remember that we need to take each step safely as we continue to live with COVID-19.
“The key public health measures remain critically important – keep your distance, wear a face covering and wash your hands frequently.
“If you have any COVID symptoms, even if they are mild, you must book a test and self-isolate with your household.”
Coronavirus case numbers in Lyme Regis area
Current COVID case numbers in the local area remain low, with fewer than three cases recorded across Lyme Regis, Charmouth and the Marshwood Vale in the seven-day period up until March 28.
In small areas where there are fewer three cases, full data is not given as to protect the identity of individuals.
In neighbouring Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton there were three cases, an increase of one on the previous week.
Axminster had fewer than three cases; Seaton had nine cases, an increase of four; Burton Bradstock & Chideock had five, an increase of three; and Bridport North and and Bridport South & West Bay both had fewer than three cases.
You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/