THE Dorset Council area has seen a slight rise in coronavirus case numbers this week, although authorities say week-on-week fluctuations are expected.
As of April 16, there were 58 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Dorset Council area, compared to 47 on April 9, and 48 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) Council area, a drop from 85 the previous week.
This means current infection rates per 100,000 people are 15.3 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 12.4 last week, and 12.1 in the BCP area, compared to 21.5.
There are currently seven COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset, the same as the previous week.
Up to April 11, 556,127 doses had been administered to people in Dorset. West Dorset has been ranked the number one area in the country for its vaccination rate.
A spokesperson for Dorset Public Health said: “The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council case rate has fallen this week, whilst the case rate for the Dorset Council area has risen slightly.
“We expect to see small fluctuations week-on-week whilst we have relatively low transmission. The number of COVID-related hospitalisations and deaths also remains low.
“With restrictions easing, it’s great that we can all do more of the things we enjoy. Please remember that you should only meet outside where the risk of transmission is much lower, and you still need to keep your distance from anyone who isn’t in your household or support bubble.
“If we all play our part now, we can help make sure that the government’s roadmap for easing restrictions can continue as planned.
“Regular testing is another key part of living safely with COVID-19. Rapid testing is now available to all adults in England who don’t have any symptoms. It’s really important that as many people as possible take part to help break chains of transmission.
“Even if you think you don’t need it, you could have COVID-19 without knowing. Regular testing helps minimise the risk of you spreading the virus to others.
“You should take part even if you’ve been vaccinated, as there’s a chance you could still catch and spread COVID-19.
“Collect your test kits from a participating test site or pharmacy, or order online. Remember if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you must self-isolate and book a PCR test.”
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 April 11.
In small areas where there are fewer three cases, full data is not given as to protect the identity of individuals.
There were also fewer than three cases in every surrounding area, including Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton; Axminster; Seaton; Burton Bradstock & Chideock; Bridport North; and Bridport South & West Bay.
You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/