NEARLY 40 people tested positive for coronavirus in Dorset over the weekend, latest figures show.

Data released by government shows in the 48 hours from 4pm on Friday to 4pm on Sunday, 32 people tested positive in the BCP Council area, 19 on Saturday and 13 on Sunday.

Over the course of the pandemic, 1,019 people have tested positive in BCP, giving an infection rate of 257.8 per 100,000 people.

In Dorset, six people returned positive tests, four on Saturday and two on Sunday.

It means 713 people have tested positive since the start of the pandemic, giving a rate of 188.4

Elsewhere, in the New Forest, eight people tested positive over the weekend, six on Saturday and two on Sunday, meaning 556 have since the start of the pandemic.

The ‘rule of six’ comes into play as of Monday, meaning people can only socialise in groups of up to six by law.