THE latest rolling seven-day rate of new cases of coronavirus has increased across the BCP and Dorset areas.

The figures, which are for the seven days to July 10, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The rate is expressed as the new number of new cases per 100,000 population.

In Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, the rate has increased from 0.8 in the seven days to July 3 to 1.5 in the seven days to July 10.

Meanwhile, the rate across the Dorset Council region has increased from 1.3 to 1.8.

Leicester still has the highest rate, with a figure of 114.3 in the seven days to July 10 - although it has dropped from the previous seven day period.

The list is based on latest Public Health England figures updated on July 13 on the Government’s coronavirus online dashboard.

Data for the most recent three days (July 11 to 13) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

Rachel Partridge, assistant director of Public Health for Dorset and BCP Councils, said: "We are keeping an eye on case numbers and other early warning signs daily and we have local outbreak management plans in place so we are ready to respond if we need to.

"In both the Dorset Council and BCP Council areas, positive cases of COVID-19 remain very low in comparison to other areas of the country. However, as lockdown restrictions are eased and local residents are moving around more, it is important that we remain vigilant and remember that the virus has not gone away.

"Communities in Dorset have done an excellent job of following the restrictions so far and keeping the transmission of the COVID-19 low in our area. I would urge everyone to keep up their good work by continuing to follow social distancing measures, keeping apart from other people, washing hands regularly and wearing face coverings where required."

"Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus should self-isolate along with their household and support bubble immediately, and book a test online or by calling 119.”