FEWER THAN 60 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Dorset over the last 24 hours, latest figures show.

Data released by the government shows 57 cases were confirmed in Dorset in the 24 hours leading up to 4pm on Sunday November 29.

Of these cases, 33 were reported in the BCP Council area, taking the total number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic to 7,143.

In the seven days leading up to November 29, 455 cases were confirmed, giving an infection rate of 115.1 per 100,000 of the population.

Within the Dorset Council area, 24 cases have been confirmed, taking the local authority’s total to 3,188 since the start of the pandemic.

In the week preceding Sunday November 29, 190 cases were reported, giving a rate of 50.2 per 100,000.

Elsewhere in Dorset, 10 cases were recorded in the New Forest, taking the total to 1,816.

In the seven days leading up to today, 95 cases were confirmed, an infection rate of 52.8 per 100,000 people.