CORONAVIRUS cases fell by more than a third in the BCP area last week – but the number of infections in the over 60s remains “too high” in Dorset, health officials have said.

Public Health Dorset said around 130 cases per 100,000 people are being recorded in the over 60s and called the figures “concerning”.

In a weekly update published this morning, Public Health Dorset said: “We are seeing the highest infection rates amongst the 16-29 year old age group, but cases are still too high in over 60s – around 130 cases per 100,000 of the population.

“This is concerning because of the increased severity of COVID-19 in this age group and the potential impact on hospitals and care homes.”

Bournemouth Echo:

Between November 15 and 21, 588 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded compared to 947 the previous week.

In the Dorset Council area, 263 cases were confirmed last week compared to 420 the previous seven days.

The case rate per 100,000 people also fell from 239.5 to 148.7 in the BCP Council area and from 111.0 to 69.5 in the Dorset Council area.

There are currently 146 patients with Covid in hospital beds in Dorset compared to 137 the previous week.

The health authority for BCP Council and Dorset Council said the number of cases in the county had started to “fall quickly” as a result of the national restrictions but there was still more work to be done.

Public Health Dorset added: “We know that most infections are spread within and between households, which is why limiting social contact continues to be one of the most important tools we have to reduce infection rates.”

Yesterday it was announced that the whole of Dorset would be moved into Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions when the lockdown is eased on December 2.

Residents must not socialise indoors with anyone who isn’t in their household or support bubble – this includes private homes and indoor venues like pubs and restaurants.

People can socialise in groups of up to six people outdoors while maintaining social distancing.

Pubs and bars can only operate as restaurants and venues must only serve alcohol with “substantial” meals.