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Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset

Published: 9 April 2021

This week's overview

The Dorset Council case rate has fallen this week, whilst the case rate for the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council area has risen slightly. 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.

From today, anyone in England who does not have symptoms can get regular rapid lateral flow tests to check for coronavirus. By testing more people, we can identify and isolate more asymptomatic cases, meaning the virus has fewer chances to spread. Find out more about rapid testing and where you can get tests. Lateral flow tests are for people without symptoms. If you develop coronavirus symptoms, you need to book a PCR test.

The government has announced that on Monday, England will move to stage 2 of the roadmap for easing restrictions. This means more businesses can reopen, including non-essential retail, gyms, hairdressers, outdoor attractions and outdoor hospitality. 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. 

Latest data

The visualisation below shows the seven-day case rate, people in hospital beds and deaths for the latest data periods available. There can be a time lag to allow us to report the most complete data. We provide this local update weekly, but you can find information daily on the Public Health England data page.

Note: Due to technical problems, NHS Digital were unable to undertake the usual validation checks on the hospitalisation data submitted on 23 February. Please bear this in mind when interpreting hospital bed figures for that day.


Summary of the most recent data:

  • 7 day case rates per 100,000
    • BCP: 21.5 (compared to 17.2 in last update on 1 April)
    • Dorset: 12.4 (compared to 28.5 in last update on 1 April)
  • Confirmed cases in last 7 days
    • BCP: 85 (compared to 68 in last update on 1 April)
    • Dorset: 47 (compared to 108 in last update on 1 April)
  • Current COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset: 7 (compared to 4 in last update on 1 April)




NHS England publish weekly data on the number of COVID-19 vaccinations given by local area. Up to 4 April, 515,078 doses had been administered to people in Dorset. 

You can find more information about the vaccination programme in Dorset on NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group's website

Data for specific local areas

The government data website has lots of national, regional and local information. You can search by postcode or use the interactive map to find out more about the situation in your local area.

Additional data

You can find further information about COVID-19 hospital admissions and bed occupancy by trust on the NHS England website. This is usually updated on a weekly basis.

Further data on deaths, including the total number with COVID-19 recorded on the death certificate, is available from the Office for National Statistics and Public Health England for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and Dorset. This is usually updated on a weekly basis.

Key settings

Care homes

Where care homes have identified outbreaks, we are working closely with them and key partners to monitor the situation and provide advice and support wherever it’s needed. 

Please see the latest government guidance on care home visiting. From Monday, care home residents will be able to have a second regular visitor indoors. Visitors will be tested before entry and will be required to wear PPE. Families are advised to check details with the home.


See the latest updates about schools in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council area and schools in the Dorset Council area that have confirmed cases of COVID-19 and any necessary action taken.

We have well-established processes in place to work closely with affected schools to respond to cases, ensure all necessary measures are implemented and identify and advise any close contacts to self-isolate. Schools with confirmed positive cases communicate directly with parents and carers regarding any actions that need to be taken and any changes to school provision. 


Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth publish weekly figures on their website and are currently reporting very low numbers of confirmed cases.

Many university courses are currently being taught remotely and we continue to work closely with the universities to ensure all measures are in place to support students, staff and the wider community.