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Covid infections continue to grow in New Forest but no deaths reported

THE number of Covid infections continues to grow in the New Forest but without any new deaths being registered.

On Tuesday there were 573 weekly cases reported by the government – up from 341 a week earlier and 188 before that.

The numbers mean a rate of 318.2 per 100,000 people in the district, below the UK rate of 440.2.

Many continue to wear masks
Many continue to wear masks

In the BCP Council area, which includes Christchurch, the number of cases more than doubled from 892 to 1,741, giving a rate of 440.4 per 100,000.

There were no new coronavirus deaths recorded by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for either area. The provisional figures related to Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate up to 9th July but registered up to 17th July.

Second-dose vaccinations in the New Forest jumped on Tuesday from 73.6% of adults (113,348)to 75.7% (116,606). First doses went from 88.2% (135,880) to 88.6% (136,499).

In the BCP area, second jabs have been administered to 63.2% (224,931). and first doses to 78.3% of adults (278,348).

In England the first-dose vaccination rate was 77.8% and for second doses 60.8%.

The ONS said there were 9,752 coronavirus deaths in England and Wales registered in the week ending 9th July – 944 more deaths than the previous week and 6.2% above the five-year average.

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