Weekly Covid deaths in New Forest fall to two in latest update
THERE were two new weekly coronavirus deaths in the New Forest, according in the latest update which showed a continuing fall in fatalities.
In the seven-day report for the district published on Tuesday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), figures showed that one person died in a care home and another in hospital.
The death toll continues the downward trend – last week the reported number was six and the week before that was 10.
There have been 162 Covid-19 deaths this year in the New Forest.
In the BCP Council area, which includes Christchurch, there were seven fatalities – half the 14 reported last week. The previous week was 23.
Of the latest death toll across the conurbation, two were in hospital, two in care homes and three at home. It brings the total number of deaths in the area this year to 607.
The provisional figures from the ONS related to instances where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate up to 12th March but were registered up to 20th March. Previously reported numbers can change after being updated by the ONS.
According to separate government figures, the number of new weekly cases of Covid-19 in the New Forest on Tuesday was 43 – barely changed from last week’s 42. The total so far in the pandemic comes to 6,054.
It gave an infection rate in the district of 23.9 per 100,000 people – less than half the UK rate of 57.1. The highest rate was in Barnsley with 196.1.
In the BCP conurbation the number of new weekly cases on Tuesday was 98 – down from last week’s 137. The rate per 100,000 people was 24.8.
The infection figures are for the numbers of people with at least one lab-confirmed positive Covid-19 test result in the preceding seven days.