A FURTHER 18 people have tested positive for coronavirus across Dorset, according to the latest update from Public Health England.

The latest data on the government’s online statistics site shows there were 13 new cases in the BCP Council area in the 24 hours around 4pm on Monday, September 7.

This means since the beginning of the pandemic, 945 people have tested positive for Covid-19 across the conurbation. The rate per 100,000 of the population is 239.

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In the Dorset Council area, five new cases were reported, meaning 690 people in this area had now tested positive. The rate is 182.3.

In the New Forest, a further seven cases have been confirmed bringing the total to 527 cases overall. The rate stands at 291.

Data released by NHS England on Monday afternoon showed another four patients have died with Covid-19 in hospitals in England.

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The total number of confirmed reported deaths for the United Kingdom has risen to 41,555.

None of the deaths occurred in hospitals in the south west.

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The last death in a Dorset hospital occurred at Poole Hospital on July 30.

A total of 157 people have died with the coronavirus in hospitals in Dorset since the start of the pandemic.