FEWER than ten coronavirus cases were confirmed in Dorset over the last 24 hours, latest figures have revealed.

Data released by the government shows seven cases were recorded across the county in the 24 hours leading up to 4pm on Wednesday.

The BCP Council area recorded five cases, taking its total since the start of the pandemic to 25,193.

In the seven days leading up to April 9, the latest rolling seven-day period, 46 cases were confirmed, giving a rolling infection rate of 11.6 per 100,000 of the population.

Two cases were recorded in the Dorset Council area taking the total to 11,781.

The rolling infection rate stood at 17.2 per 100,000 after 65 cases were confirmed in a week.

Elsewhere, five cases were confirmed in the New Forest, meaning 6,133 people have tested positive there since the start of the pandemic.

The rolling rate was 11.1 per 100,000 after 20 cases were confirmed in the week before April 9.