THERE have been four new Covid-19 deaths in the New Forest, according to the latest weekly update released today (Wednesday).
The figures were released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Two were in a care home and two in hospital.
It puts the death toll in the district since the start of the pandemic at 160.
There were also four deaths reported in the BCP Council area, which includes Christchurch – again, two in care homes and two in hospital. The total fatalities for the area is 328.
The provisional figures from the ONS related to instances where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate up to 25th December, but which were registered up to 2nd January this year.
As reported, new coronavirus cases in the New Forest and Christchurch more than doubled over a week. The seven-day number of new positive tests in the New Forest District Council area rose to 547 on Tuesday – up from 264 a week before. It means the district has a case rate of 303.7 per 100,000 people. Last Tuesday the number was 146.6.
The number of weekly new cases in the BCP Council conurbation more than doubled from 865 to 1,986. That increased the case rate from 218 to 502.4.
By comparison, the worst affected area nationally on Tuesday for new weekly cases was Birmingham, with 6,009. The worst rate per 100,000 was the London borough of Barking and Dagenham on 1,496.4.
The infection figures are for the numbers of people with at least one lab-confirmed positive Covid-19 test result in the preceding seven-day period.
On the same day across the UK, the number of daily new Covid-19 cases totalled 60,916, according to Public Health England.