TWO more coronavirus deaths have been reported across BCP and Dorset in one day, official figures show. 

This means a total of eight people have been reported to have died with Covid-19 across the county in the last seven days to December 16. 

Four people died in the BCP Council area and four people died in Dorset during the same period - this compares to 15 across the county in the previous week.

The figures include anyone who died within 28 days of a positive test result for Covid-19, and whose usual residence was in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole or Dorset.

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A total of 865 new infections have been recorded across the BCP and Dorset council areas in the 24-hours up to 4pm on Friday, December 17.

Of these, 520 were across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and 345 were in the wider Dorset Council area.

This means since the start of the pandemic, 68,738 cases have been reported in the BCP Council area with 48,554 in Dorset.

In the past seven days, 2,479 positive results have been returned in the BCP Council area giving a rate of 624.5 per 100,000 people.

Meanwhile, 2,086 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the Dorset Council in the past week at a rate of 549.2.

In the New Forest, 213 cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours with 1,078 cases in the past seven days at a rate of 600.1.

The total number of positive results in the district since the start of the pandemic stands at 22,544.