CORONAVIRUS case numbers in Dorset have continued to decrease this week, which has been put down to “the hard work of local people following the rules”.
According to the latest data for the seven-day period up until March 5, there were 194 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Dorset Council area – a drop of 100 from the previous week – and 249 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area, a significant drop from 451 in the last update on February 26.
This places the infection rate per 100,000 people at 51.3 for the Dorset Council area, compared to 77.7 the previous week, and 63.0 in the BCP area, again another significant drop from 114.1 last week.
There are currently 68 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Dorset, compared to 147 on February 26, and 308,846 does of COVID vaccinations had been administered to people in Dorset up until February 28.
A spokesperson for Dorset Council said: “We have continued to see a fall in local COVID case rates, hospitalisations and deaths over the past week.
“The situation in Dorset has improved thanks to the hard work of local people following the rules – every action makes a difference.
“We have seen over the past few months how quickly the situation can change so we must carry on working together to drive transmission down even further.
“We are still in a national lockdown and everyone must continue to follow the rules and stay at home except for essential reasons.
“As more pupils return to school from March 8, the government has announced details about rapid lateral flow testing programmes for pupils, staff and families. Find out whether you’re eligible and how to access testing by clicking here.
“We continue to work very closely with schools and local authority partners to manage any confirmed cases.
Coronavirus case numbers in Lyme Regis area
COVID-19 cases numbers in Lyme Regis, Charmouth and the Marshwood Vale have remained low this week, with five reported cases in the whole area recorded in the seven-day period up until February 28, an increase of two on the previous week.
In neighbouring Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton, there were fewer than three cases recorded in the seven-day period up until February 28.
In small areas where there are fewer three cases, full date is not given as to protect the identity of individuals.
Axminster had seven cases, an increase of three; Seaton had fewer than three cases, Burton Bradstock & Chideock had four, a decrease of one; Bridport North had three, the same as the previous week; and Bridport South & West Bay 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/
What’s changing from Monday?
From Monday, March 8, restrictions start to lift and the government’s four-step roadmap offers a route back to a more normal life.
Pupils and students in all schools and further education can return to face-to-face education with testing measures in place
you can spend time in outdoor public spaces for recreation on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
Wraparound childcare can reopen, such as breakfast and after school clubs.
Indoor visits to care homes start again for a single named visitor, although you should check with the care home before you go.
Advice to stay at home and stay local remains – only leave your home where necessary. The stay at home restrictions will be in place until at least March 29.