An interactive map using official statistics from Public Health England has revealed coronavirus 'hotspots in Dorset.

The map, which forms part of the government’s coronavirus dashboard, gives weekly data for the most recent time period available.

It also includes seven day case rates and direction of change.

The figures in this article gives the seven-day rolling rate of new cases by specimen date, ending October 11.

In the map, you can search via postcode to see the situation in your area.

The country is split up by Middle Super Output Area (MSOA), which are small areas with an average population of 7,200.

In the Dorset Council area for the week leading up to October 11, the area with the most cases was Dorchester East with 22.

Dorchester West had 17 lab-confirmed cases in the seven-day timeframe with a seven-day rolling rate of 136.4.

The next most-affected area in the Dorset Council area was Wyke Regis, with six cases.

While there are some low-level spikes in the Dorset Council region, the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole region has been much more affected.

There were 75 cases in central Bournemouth during the same seven-day period, with a seven-day rolling rate of 577.4.

Other areas with high numbers of cases in east Dorset included East Cliff with 51 and Talbot and Branksome Woods with 24.

This week, Public Health Dorset said an AMBER alert had been issued following a sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 cases across Dorset.

The alert has been issued through the Dorset Covid-19 Health Protection Board after 635 positive tests across the county in just seven days.

Sam Crowe, director of public health for BCP and Dorset councils, said over the summer, Dorset was recording 10 to 15 cases per day across both council areas.

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