There have been 22 new cases of coronavirus reported in Dorset.

There have been seven new cases in the Dorset Council area and 15 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch, Pooe (BCP) Council area.

Public Health England figures show that 789 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Thursday in Dorset, up from 782 the same time on Wednesday and 1,232 in BCP, up from 1,217.

The rate of infection in Dorset now stands at 209 cases per 100,000 people and 312 in the BCP area, still lower than the England average of 700.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 6,914 over the period, to 460,178.

Dorset's cases were among the 18,053 recorded across the South West, a figure which rose by 169 over the period.

Cumulative case counts include patients who are currently unwell, have recovered and those that have died.

The health body is now including Pillar 2 tests – those carried out by commercial partners – alongside Pillar 1 tests, which are analysed in NHS or PHE laboratories and which made up the first stage of the Government's mass testing programme.