POSITIVE cases of coronavirus recorded in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have topped 20,000 since the start of the pandemic.

Government figures reveal there were a further 341 positive tests in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of 20,274.

In the Dorset Council area there were a further 173 cases with a total of 8,802.

A further 13 deaths recorded in Dorset hospitals in 24 hours

The New Forest has now seen 4,902 cases with 42 more recorded in the last 24 hours.

Government statistics reveal there have been 33,552 more cases with the total UK figure now standing at more than 3.6 million.