Public Health update on COVID-19 cases in DorsetThe Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council case rate has fallen this week, whilst the case rate for the Dorset Council area has risen slightly. We expect to see small fluctuations week-on-week whilst we have relatively low transmission. The number of COVID-related hospitalisations and deaths also remains low.With restrictions easing, it's great that we can all do more of the things we enjoy. Please remember that you should only meet outside where the risk of transmission is much lower, and you still need to keep your distance from anyone who isn't in your household or support bubble. If we all play our part now, we can help make sure that the government's roadmap for easing restrictions can continue as planned.
The following statement was issued by the press secretary at Buckingham Palace earlier today:“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty the Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh."His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will made in due course.”The flag was raised to full-mast earlier today before being lowered to half-mast at County Hall, Dorchester, in honour of Prince Philip, where it will remain until the day of the funeral, which will take place 10 days after his death.People are invited to leave flowers in remembrance of the Duke at the front steps of County Hall in Dorchester. An online book of condolence will shortly be available from Buckingham Palace for people to show their respect and we will share the link for this on our webpage and on social media as soon as we receive it.People without access to the internet wishing to leave a message in the book, can call the customer service team at Dorset Council on 01305 221000 who will record it for them.From Monday our libraries will reopen where people without computer access may use the council's computers to send their own message of condolence. To comply with current COVID rules, we're asking people to phone ahead and book a computer session. The nation will now begin a period of mourning for 10 days before a private funeral takes place at Windsor Castle.Cllr Val Pothecary, Chairman of Dorset Council, said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Queen and the Royal Family as we mourn the loss of His Majesty, the Duke of Edinburgh, and I would like to offer them our heartfelt condolences. We give thanks for his wonderful life and years of devotion to serving the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. He has been an inspiration to us all.” Angus Campbell, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Dorset, said: “‘It is with deep sadness that we heard of the passing of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh this morning. The country, and the county, are now in deep mourning in remembrance of an extraordinary man. He has dedicated 70 years of his long life to support Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Second, our longest ever reigning Monarch. The Duke has been a remarkable pillar of strength to Her Majesty, who herself has been an extraordinarily strong and constant foundation of love, strength and hope for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations.I know that all our hearts go out to Her Majesty and the other members of the Royal Family at this most difficult time. We have lost a man who has been a symbol of extraordinary support and strength for the Crown. A man who will be most terribly missed by us all, and who has given us, and our country, so very much service over so many years.”
Protecting west DorsetA team of contractors, led by Dorset Highways, has successfully completed three months flood protection work in West Bay.