COVID-19 cases in Dorset have significantly dropped over the past week, in line with the national trend.
The latest figures released on January 21 showed that there were 2,524 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Dorset Council area, down from 4,403 the previous week, and 3,049 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area, down from 5,362.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 664.6 in the Dorset council area, compared to 1,159.1 the previous week, and 769.0 in the BCP area, compared to 1,350.7.
Both figures are now below the national average, which is currently 943 per 100,000 people.
As of January 21, there were 68 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Dorset, compared to 94 in the last update on January 14.
A spokesperson for Public Health Dorset said: “Infection rates in Dorset Council and BCP Council have fallen steeply from a peak in early January.
“This is a similar picture to the national trend and the case rates for both council areas are now below the average rates for England and the South West.
“Infection rates remain high and there are still thousands of people catching COVID-19 across Dorset each week.
“We’ve also seen a reduction in the number of people in hospital in Dorset with COVID-19 and the number of deaths related to the virus remains relatively stable.
“These trends are positive, but we are still living with COVID-19. The government has announced the removal of Plan B coronavirus measures, but it’s important to continue to exercise caution.
“Health and care services are still extremely busy so we need to do all we can to protect essential frontline services, as well as our friends and loved ones.”
Keep following these steps to reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19:
- Take lateral flow tests regularly, especially before meeting others
- Wear a face covering in indoor crowded spaces
- Get plenty of fresh air by meeting outdoors or opening doors and windows inside
- Self-isolate and get a PCR test if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19
- Get your COVID vaccinations – it’s never too late to get yours
Coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area
In line with the regional and national picture, COVID-19 cases in the Lyme Regis area have also continued to drop.
In the seven-day period up until January 19, there were 30 recorded cases of COVID-19 in the Lyme Regis, Charmouth & Marshwood Vale area, a decrease of 11 on the previous week.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 413.6 – below the Dorset Council area figure of 664.6 and national average of 943.
Case numbers have also decreased in most surrounding areas.
Figures for neighbouring areas as of January 19 were as follows: Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton – 35 (decrease of 5); Seaton – 26 (decrease of 13); Axminster – 63 (increase of 7); Burton Bradstock & Chideock – 48 (increase of 3); Bridport South & West Bay – 18 (decrease of 13); Bridport North – 43 (increase of 16); Beaminster, Maiden Newton & Halstock – 43 (decrease of 15).
You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/