There have now been more than 20,000 cases of Covid-19 across the whole of Dorset since the start of the pandemic.

It comes after the latest government data on cases was announced.

In total, 675 people tested positive across the county in the 24-hours up to 4pm today, Saturday.

Of those, 480 positive results were recorded in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) Council area, bringing the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic to 13,998.

In the last seven days, there have been 2,960 new cases giving a rate of 748.7 per 100,000 people.

In the Dorset Council area there have been 195 cases, with 1,332 recorded in the past week, giving a rate of 351.9.

The total number of infections recorded in the Dorset Council area during the pandemic stands at 6,396.

This means there has been 20,394 cases in total in the whole of Dorset since the start of the pandemic.

As of 9am today, there had been a further 59,937 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

It brings the total number of cases in the UK to beyond 3 million - to 3,017,409.

The two million mark was passed on December 19.