Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, provided an update to the House of Commons following the first formal review of the Tier system.
Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and the rest of Dorset will remain in Tier 2 of coronavirus restrictions.
During the update, Mr Hancock said that case rates in the south of England are up 46 per cent in the last week while hospital admissions are up by more than a third. Meanwhile, the east of England cases have gone up by two thirds and hospital admissions increased by nearly half in the last week.
It is therefore necessary to apply Tier 3 measures across a much wider area of the east and south east of England, including Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Peterborough, the whole of Hertfordshire, Surrey with the exception of Waverley, Hastings and Rother on the Kent border of East Sussex, and Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant in Hampshire.
Any new changes are taking place at midnight on Saturday.
For information about cases, see Dorset’s weekly COVID-19 rates.
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