FEWER than 20 coronavirus cases have been confirmed across Dorset over the last 24 hours, latest figures show.

Data released by the government shows 15 cases were reported in the county in the 24 hours leading up to 4pm on Thursday, April 22.

The BCP Council area recorded nine new cases, taking the total since the start of the pandemic to 25,263.

In the seven days leading up to April 17, the latest rolling seven-day period, 52 cases were recorded, giving a rolling infection rate of 13.2 per 100,000 people.

The Dorset Council area confirmed six new cases, taking its total to 11,839.

The rolling infection rate was 12.2 per 100,000 with 46 positive cases in the past week.

Elsewhere, one case was recorded in the New Forest, taking the total to 6,162.

The rolling infection rate was 16.7 per 100,000 with 30 cases confirmed in the week preceding April 17.

In the UK, 2,729 people have been found to have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus on April 22, taking the total number of cases recorded in the UK since the start of the pandemic to 4,398,431.