Latest figures from an interactive map on the government website, have shown that 33 areas of Dorset have now been put into the ‘black zone’ for Covid case rates.
The Covid ‘black zone’ signifies the highest bracket of Covid cases, where rates are now above 1,600 per 1,000 people in the county.
This increase has entered 19 new towns into this category, when Dorset previously occupied only 14 town during the seven days leading up to December 31st.
Towns included in the new ‘black zone’ list include the likes of; Weymouth town, Newtown in Poole and Dorchester West and Poundbury.
Positive COVID-19 cases amongst the public across the whole country have surged in recent weeks, due to the Omicron variant spreading rapidly.
Across Dorset, the latest statistics from yesterday afternoon show that that 1,336 people have caught the virus within the area in the last 24 hours.
Cases are expected to rise within the coming days, despite Boris Johnson revealing that the UK are “making great progress” on the Omicron variant.
This also comes after the Prime Minister revealed today that government ministers are considering reducing the self-isolation period down from seven to five days.
This will only go ahead in a bid to move restrictions further along, if the science justifies the change.