DORSET Council has warned of a significant increase in positive COVID-19 cases across the county over the past week, and has urged residents to follow the current lockdown rules.
In line with the situation across the wider South West region and England as a whole, Dorset has seen a significant increase in case numbers and rates over the last couple of weeks, as well as a rise in hospital admissions.
The latest figures
The most recent data released yesterday (Friday) revealed that there were now 1,171 cases in the Dorset Council area, compared to 744 in the last update on January 4, and 2,400 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area, compared to 1,540 in the last update on January 4.
The seven day case rates per 100,000 people are 309.4 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 196.6 on January 4, and 607.1 in the BCP area, compared to 389.5 on January 4.
There are currently 272 COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset, an increase from 135 on January 4.
Locally, the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show there were 21 coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Marshwood Vale area recorded in the seven-day period up until January 5. This is an increase of 12 on the previous week, although still well below the national average case rate.
In the Kilmington, Colyton and Uplyme area, there were 12 cases for the same period, an increase of seven on the previous week.
In Axminster there were 13 cases – an increase of seven; in the Chideock and Burton Bradstock area there were 18 – an increase of five; and in Bridport there were five – the same as the previous week.
Sam Crowe, director of Public Health for Dorset and BCP Councils said: “What we are seeing in the county, particularly in the BCP Council area, is not like anything we’ve seen before.
“The situation over the next couple of weeks is the most serious our local NHS services has faced. The growth in cases is doubling and our hospitals are already overstretched.
“The new variant of COVID-19 is known to be much more easily spread. Mixing with other households is mainly how this virus is spreading locally, putting people at risk. Above all else we must stay home so that we can protect the NHS and save lives.”
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