The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Dorset increased by 155 over the last 24 hours, official figures show.

There were 50 cases reported in the Dorset Council area and 105 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole Council (BCP) area.

Public Health England figures show that 1,067 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Tuesday (October 13) in the Dorset Council region, up from 1,017 the same time on Monday and 1,934 in the BCP area, up from 1,828.

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.

The rate of infection in Dorset now stands at 282 cases per 100,000 people and 489 in the BCP area, far lower than the England average of 960.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 17,232 over the period, to 634,920.

Dorset's cases were among the 24,162 recorded across the South West, a figure which rose by 764 over the period.

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