LESS than 100 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Dorset in the last 24 hours.

Government data released this afternoon reveals 62 new cases in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and 31 in the Dorset Council area.

This brings the total in BCP since the start of the pandemic to 24,334 and the area's latest rate per 100,000 population is down to 148.5.

Three more coronavirus deaths recorded in Dorset in the last 24 hours

In Dorset there have been 11,010 cases with a current rate of 78.5.

In the New Forest there were just 16 new cases bringing the total to 5,792 and a rate of 94.4, which is slightly up on yesterday.

Across the UK a further 10,406 positive cases were recorded with a total in excess of four million.