The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Dorset increased by 141 over the last 24 hours, official figures show.

There were 43 new cases in the Dorset Council area and 98 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole (BCP) Council area.

Public Health England figures show that 1,110 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Wednesday (October 14) in the Dorset Council area, up from 1,067 the same time on Tuesday and 2,032 in the BCP area up from 1,934.

The rate of infection in Dorset now stands at 293 cases per 100,000 people and 514 in BCP, far lower than the England average of 989.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 19,724 over the period, to 654,644.

Dorset's cases were among the 25,059 recorded across the South West, a figure which rose by 897 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