JUST eight new cases of coronavirus have been recorded across Dorset in the last 24 hours despite the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Four positive cases were found in each of the BCP and Dorset Council areas.

A further three cases were recorded in the New Forest.

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The total number of cases in the respective areas since the start of the pandemic now stands at 25,229, 11,810 and 6,152.

Figures released by the government reveal there have be 4,385,938 cases in the UK, including 2,206 in the last 24 hours.