Several new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed across Dorset, according to the latest figures.

The latest figures from Public Health England state there have been seven positive tests across the county as of 9am on Wednesday, September 16.

Three new cases have been confirmed within the Dorset Council area, which brings the area's total up to 726. 

The infection rate in the Dorset Council area now stands at 191.8 per 100,000.

In the neighboring Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area, four people tested positive in the 24 hours leading up to 4pm yesterday. 

1,040 people have tested positive in this district since the start of the pandemic, giving an infection rate of 263.1 per 100,000.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Dorset now stands at 1,766.

According to NHS England figures, no deaths have been reported in the county's hospitals.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths within the Dorset County Hospital NHS Trust remains at 24 while 16 people have died within Dorset Healthcare University NHS Trust.

The 'R' number, which measures the average number of people an infected person can infect, for the South West of England is estimated to be in the region of 0.9-1.2. 

The latest 'R' number range for the UK and England is 1.0-1.2.