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Weekly New Forest coronavirus figures – new infections on the rise again

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There have been 143 new cases in the Forest since the last update (Andrew Milligan-PA)
There have been 143 new cases in the Forest since the last update (Andrew Milligan-PA)

THE New Forest’s rate of fresh Covid-19 cases has started to grow again, ending a run of reductions over recent weeks.

One person in the district was reported to have died in hospital with the virus, according to weekly figures released on Tuesday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), bringing the total death toll to 152.

The amount of new weekly cases in the area reported on Tuesday rose to 143, said separate government numbers, just over double the 69 published last week.

It puts the local case rate per 100,000 people at 79.4, compared with the England average of 184. A total of 2,078 people in the New Forest have caught Covid-19 so far.

In the BCP Council area, which includes Christchurch, the ONS reported 18 new deaths, of which 15 were in hospital, two in a care home, and one at home.

Last week the number of fatalities reported was 21. The death toll in the conurbation comes to 304.

The provisional figures from the ONS related to fatalities where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate up to 4th December but which were registered up to 12th December.

On Tuesday the weekly number of fresh coronavirus cases in the BCP area came to 276, up only slightly on the previous 265.

It means the conurbation’s infection rate stands at 69.8 per 100,000 people. The total cases so far amount to 7,826.

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.

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