NINETEEN areas of Dorset have reported more than three active coronavirus cases, as new Covid-19 cases appear to be on the rise in the county again. 

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, June 6.

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: The latest active cases in Dorset according to Public Health England.The latest active cases in Dorset according to 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, June 6, Dorset reported 139 cases. The case rate compared to the UK average is below the national average.

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

But nineteen areas of Dorset have reported more than three cases during this time period. This suggests that coronavirus may be spreading again in some areas of Dorset, as the Delta variant was recently confirmed as the new dominant variant in the UK. 

The following areas in Dorset confirmed more than three coronavirus cases over the last week and how much they have increased by:

  • Bearwood - Three cases (up by 1)
  • Bere Regis & Lytchett Matravers - Three cases (up by 1)
  • Gillingham Outer, Bourton & Motcombe - (up by 1)
  • Merley - Three cases (up by 1)
  • Owermoigne, Broadmayne & Winterbourne - Three cases (up by 1)
  • Springbourne & Queen's Park - Three cases (up by 1)
  • Swanage - Three cases (up by 1)
  • Westbourne - Three cases (up by 1)
  • Boscombe East - Four cases (up by 2) 
  • Broadstone - Four cases (up by 2) 
  • Charminster - Four cases (up by 2) 
  • Gillingham - Four cases (up by 2)
  • Milborne, Winterborne & Okeford Fitzpaine - Four cases (up by 1)
  • Boscombe West - Five cases (up by 2)
  • Hamworthy East - Five cases (up by 3)
  • Rossmore - Five cases (up by 3)
  • East Cliff - Six cases (up by 4)
  • Branksome East - Seven cases (up by 5)
  • Blandford Outer & Tarrants - Eight cases (up by 6)