ONLY eight areas of Dorset have reported more than three active coronavirus cases as the spread of Covid-19 continues to fall across the county.

An interactive map, which uses Public Health England data, shows how many people have tested positive for the virus in each area of the county over the seven-day period up to Sunday, April 25.

Public Health England breaks down the numbers of coronavirus cases into neighbourhoods called 'Middle Super Output Areas' (MSOAs), which are smaller than council wards and based on population rather than geographical area.

The interactive map, which can be found through this link, allows users to type in their postcode and see how many cases were reported in their area and if it has increased or decreased from the week before. The darker the colour on the image, the more positive test results have been recorded.

Dorset Echo: There are varying levels of coronavirus cases in Dorset. Picture: Public Health EnglandThere are varying levels of coronavirus cases in Dorset. Picture: Public Health England

The map highlights which areas of the county have three or more confirmed cases of the virus and colour co-coordinates the areas by how many cases they have.

In the seven days up to Sunday, April 25, Dorset reported 90 cases. The case rate compared to the UK average is below the national average.

A majority of areas in Dorset are now reporting fewer than three cases, meaning they appear as 'suppressed' and colour coded as white on the map. 

The following areas in Dorset confirmed coronavirus cases over the last week. The areas where cases have increased are marked in bold. 

  • Charminster - Three cases
  • Child Okeford and Iwerne Minster - Three cases (up by one)
  • Creekmoor - Three cases
  • Poole Town - Three cases 
  • Wareham, Sandford & Holton Heath - Three cases (up by one)
  • West Cliff - Three cases (up by one)
  • Talbot & Branksome Woods - Four cases (up by two)
  • Penn Hill - Six cases (up by four)