MORE than 60 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Dorset as lockdown ends tomorrow (Wednesday, December 2).

Data released by the Government show 61 cases were reported in the 24 hours leading up to 4pm on Tuesday, December 1.

In the Dorset Council area, 14 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed. Since the start of the pandemic, 3,336 people have tested positive.

The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council area has recorded 47 fresh cases, taking the total since the start of the pandemic to 7,224.

The newly confirmed coronavirus cases are a slight increase from Monday, November 30 after 58 positive tests of coronavirus were reported in Dorset.

The Dorset Council area currently has a rolling infection rate of 165 per 100,000 people while the BCP Council area has a rate of 379.

The news comes after five new coronavirus deaths have been recorded at the newly-formed University Hospitals Dorset Trust according to fresh information from NHS England.

Data released by NHS England show three more people have died at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, one on November 30 and two on November 28, and two at Poole Hospital, both on November 28.