PUBLIC Health England says there are now two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council area.

These are the first confirmed cases of the coronavirus within the authority, and takes the number of confirmed cases in the UK to 273 and in the south west to 35.

No further details have been released about the two local cases.

Latest figures show 23,513 people have been tested for the virus in the UK, with just 273 testing positive – a rate of 1.1per cent.

Two patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK have died.