THE Covid case rate across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole has risen slightly – but has more than halved in the wider Dorset area, latest weekly figures show.

Data released by health authority Public Health Dorset on Friday, April 9, showed the rate across the BCP area had increased from 17.2 per 100,000 people to 21.5.

Meanwhile, the rate in the rest of Dorset fell from 28.5 to 12.4 during the same period.

Public Health Dorset said: “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.”

Bournemouth Echo:

In the last seven days a total of 85 cases were recorded across the conurbation, up from 68 the previous week.

In Dorset area, the number of infections has fallen from 108 to 47.

Currently there are seven patients being treated in Dorset hospitals with Covid compared to four previously.

In terms of vaccinations, up to 4 April, 515,078 doses had been administered to people in Dorset up to April 4.

The coronavirus restrictions are due to be eased from Monday, April 12, when non-essential retailers, shops, gyms and hairdressers are due to open their doors for the first time this year.

A Public Health Dorset spokesperson said: “You should continue to minimise the amount that you travel where possible, and stick to the rule of six or two households when meeting others outdoors.”

On Friday, April 9, anyone is able to access free twice-weekly rapid lateral flow tests which can be sent to people’s home, collected at one of the selected pharmacies or delivered at a number of sites across Dorset.