NEARLY 60 cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Dorset over the last 24 hours, latest figures show.

Data released by the government shows 58 cases have been confirmed in the county in the 24 hours leading up to 4pm today.

44 of those cases came in the BCP Council area, meaning there has now been 1,429 cases since the start of the pandemic, an infection rate 361.5 per 100,000 people.

In the Dorset Council area, 14 cases have been recorded, taking the total to 868, a rate of 229.3 per 100,000.

Elsewhere, 14 cases were confirmed in the New Forest.

There has now been 661 cases in the New Forest since the start of the pandemic, a rate of 367 per 100,000 people.

A further 50 people who tested positive have died in hospitals across England, taking the total to 30,226.

Patients were aged between 42 and 96 years old. All but four patients (aged 76,80, 82 and 92) had known underlying health conditions.

None of the deaths came in the south west.