COVID case rates across Dorset have remained “stable” for the second week running, public health officials have said.

Public Health Dorset figures showed the rate per 100,000 people in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area in the seven days to April 24 was 14.2.

During the same period, the rate in the wider Dorset area was 12.2.

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Both rates are below the south west and England average of 15.2 and 24.5 respectively.

A Public Health Dorset spokesperson said: “Case rates across the Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council areas remain stable again this week.

"The rates for both areas are similar to the South West average and around half of the England average.

“The number of people in Dorset hospitals with COVID-19 has remained in single figures over the past few weeks, and we have seen very low numbers.”

In the BCP area a total of 56 cases were reported with 46 in the Dorset area.

Across the county there are five patients being treated for Covid.

Up to April 25, a total of 647,677 Covid vaccine doses had been administered to people in Dorset.