Covid-19 infection rates have dropped dramatically in the past few weeks, so much so that Salisbury and Wiltshire are virtually Covid free.

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, all parts of Salisbury recorded fewer than three cases in the latest weekly period.

As data for these areas is suppressed, it is impossible to establish exactly how many infections were picked up in the week to May 7.

However, the number is extremely low - between zero and two.

County-wide, only three areas have seen more than three cases recently, which means the whole of the Wiltshire Council area is also almost rid of Covid cases.

The dramatic fall in numbers, both locally and nationally, coupled with the success of the vaccine programme, is what enabled the Government to confirm the further relaxation of lockdown rules on May 17.

What the figures show  

According to the latest data from Public Health England, only three areas in Wiltshire recorded three or more cases in the week to May 7.

These are:

  • Tidworth & Ludgershall (7 cases; +4 on previous week)
  • Melksham North (3 cases; -2 on previous week)
  • Winsley, Westwood & Holt (12 cases; +10 on previous week)

The rest of the county, including Salisbury, recorded either no cases at all or up to two.

Salisbury Journal: Salisbury and Wiltshire in the week to May 7Salisbury and Wiltshire in the week to May 7

Overall, a total of 75 infections were recorded in the Wiltshire Council area in the seven days to May 7 - that's nine fewer than the previous week.

The rate of new cases for the county is 15 per 100,000.

How the map works

The interactive tool on the Government's coronavirus dashboard breaks up infections in England into Middle Super Output Areas (MSOAs).

For each MSOA, the map shows the number of positive cases recorded there in the latest weekly period, any changes to the week before and the rate of new cases.

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