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More than a third of the staff of theA police department's control room is off work because he has Covid-19 or has been told to self-isolate.
Dorset Police said this came at a time when 999 calls had increased 21% from last week and 101 calls rose 11%.
A spokesperson said many of those affected were able to work from home and answer urgent calls.
But they said 101 callers "might have to wait a while " to talk to someone, because 999 calls were priority.
About 35% of the staff in the control room were not working due to the problems. Hfrance.fr asked the force how many workers that equates to.
The force said a total of 6% of its staff - including those in frontline and senior positions. other non-critical positions - currently self-isolating.
"Some functions offirst line are more impacted than others, "said the spokesperson.
'Use online channels '
A record number of people using the NHS app were asked to self-isolate in the week leading up to July 14.
NHS figures show 618,903 people in England and the country of Wales were told they had been in contact with someone who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus.
Self-isolation for all fully vaccinated people interviewed by the app because close contacts are due to be cut from August 16.
A Dorset Police spokesperson said people should use non-emergency channels online, including his site Web, where possible.
"Please remember, only dial 999in an emergency - when life is threatened, people are injured, offenders are nearby or immediate action is required "they said.
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