Only three areas in north Hampshire have seen more than three confirmed coronavirus cases in the last seven days.

There were seven confirmed cases in Popley and five in South Ham & West Ham while in Whitchurch and Ashmansworth there were four confirmed cases.

In Andover, Tadley, Oakley and Overton, no recorded cases were reported in the last seven days, though for smaller areas with fewer than 3 cases, no data is shown to protect individual identities.

Regarding vaccinations, over half of the entire population of the South East has received at least one dose of a vaccine, some 4.7 million people and over a fifth of people in the South East are fully vaccinated.

People aged 40 and over can now book a Covid jab using this link.

In the whole of Basingstoke and Deane, the number of coronavirus cases was 13.3 per 100,000 people, down by 11%.

East Hampshire saw 15.5 cases, Test Valley 24.6 and Winchester 12.

The figure for the whole of England is 23.8 per 100,000 people based off the most recent data.

Test Valley and Southampton are the only areas in Hampshire with a current infection rate higher than the national average.

In the 28 days up to 16th April, there were 323 coronavirus related deaths.

The data comes as England’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathon Van-Tam said that a meeting indoors of two people who have been fully vaccinated would be ‘incredibly safe’.

However, such a meeting would still currently be breaking the law.

Professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia urged caution: “The issue is variants with escape mutations that are less affected by the vaccine, and we haven't come to clear understanding of what those risks are," he said.

The next phase of restrictions being lifted is on course to be 17 May.

Providing the governments tests are met this would mean:

  • People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors
  • Domestic overnight stays allowed with people not in your household or bubble
  • Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings or other life events, like christenings
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open
  • Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children's play areas can open
  • Performances and large events can restart, but with limits on audience numbers
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen
  • International leisure travel may resume
  • Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart

In other Covid news, South Ham Library ceased to become a test centre from Friday following the rollout of the pharmacy test and collect scheme.

Meanwhile a Basingstoke test centre has won an award for administering 100,000 jabs since December.

As of today, coronavirus levels have receded to the same level they were at the end of last summer.