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Gillingham-based North Dorset rugby club and Gillingham School have both had cases of people testing positive for Covid-19.

In all, the latest figures show that there were five positive tests in the Gillingham area between 17 and 23 September.

Last week Public Health Dorset confirmed that it was ‘working closely’ with Gillingham School and that all close contacts of the person concerned had been contacted and advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

Meanwhile Greg Pearce, chairman of North Dorset RFC, wrote to club members at the weekend about the Coronavirus case there.

He wrote: ‘We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the club. This correspondence is to inform you of the current situation and to provide advice. Please be reassured that for most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness.

‘The person with symptoms was last in the club on Thursday 17 September.

‘Our review of the situation has concluded that the person with symptoms did not come into close contact with members or staff. The club therefore did not need to take any action relating to any other individual members or staff. The club will remain open.’

He added: ‘We continue to ensure high standards of hygiene and maintain plans and guidance to support safe rugby activity and social distancing.’

No details have been given about the age of the people who have tested positive in the town.

In a statement last week Public Health Dorset said: ‘In line with the national trend, our data shows that cases have been rising in both the Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council areas.

‘On top of an overall gradual increase BCP has seen a shorter more rapid increase, which latest case numbers suggest is showing signs of dropping back down. We continue to monitor all our data to confirm if this is a temporary change.’

Its latest figures showed 18 positive tests in the Dorset Council area from 16 to 22 September, and 48 in BCP.

The national data shows that in the period 17 to 23 September there were five positive tests in the Gillingham area.

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