THE number of new coronavirus cases in the New Forest nearly doubled this week, government figures show.
There were 133 new cases in the district as of Tuesday, compared with 72 the previous week and bringing the total to 866 so far this year. The week before that, the increase was 55.
In the BCP Council area, which includes Christchurch, the number of cases registered so far has hit 2,512 – up by 578 on the week before, compared with a previous weekly rise of 505.
The most recent week of separate fatality figures, compiled by the Office for National Statistics, showed there has been one further Covid-19 death in the conurbation, in a care home, putting the total at 192.
There were no deaths reported in the New Forest, leaving the pandemic death toll in the district at 133.
The provisional figures from the ONS relate to cause of death for fatalities up to 9th October but which were registered up to 17th October.
On Tuesday the regional R-rates – the average number of people infected from someone with the coronavirus – were in the range of 1.3-1.5 for the south-east. In the south-west it was 1.3-1.6. A rate of more than one indicates the pandemic is growing.