DORSET still has one of the lowest rates of new coronavirus cases in the UK.

New data from Public Health England shows that there were 1.1 new cases per 100,000 people in Dorset in the seven days leading up to July 24. This shows no change from the week before.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole has a new infection rate of 1.8 cases, down from 2.3 per 100,000 people the previous week.

The overall infection rate for Dorset is 163.1 per 100,000 while Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is 210.7.

The average for England is 464.

The current death toll in Dorset hospitals is 156, with the last death coming on July 13.

Blackburn with Darwin had the worst rate in the country, with 75.2 new infections, but that was down from 83.9 the previous week.

Oldham saw a jump from 11.0 per 100,000 to 48.4 in the days leading up to July 24.

The figures are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).