OVER the last 24 hours, more than 180 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Dorset, latest figures show.

Data released by the government shows 185 people tested positive in Dorset in the 24 hours leading up to 4pm on October 21.

138 of those cases came in the BCP Council area, meaning 2,650 have tested positive since the start of the pandemic.

In the seven days leading up to October 15, the rolling rate of infections in the BCP Council area was 128.8 per 100,000 people.

In the Dorset Council area, 47 people tested positive in the last 24 hours, meaning there has been 1,392 cases since the start of the pandemic.

The rolling rate stood at 62.4 per 100,000 of the population.

Elsewhere, in the New Forest, 23 people tested positive, 889 since the start of the pandemic, a rolling rate of 65.5 per 100,000.