MORE than 860 new cases of Covid have been confirmed in Dorset in the past day, according to the latest figures.
A total of 865 new infections were recorded in the BCP and Dorset Council areas within 24 hours until 4 p.m. on Friday 17 December.
Of these, 520 were across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and 345 in the wider Dorset Council area.
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This means that since the start of the pandemic 68,738 cases have been reported in the BCP Council area with 48,554 in Dorset.
In the past seven days, 2,479 positive results were returned to the BCP Council area, a rate of 624.5 per 100,000 people.
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Meanwhile, 2,086 people tested positive for the coronavirus at Dorset Council last week at a rate of 549.2.
In the New Forest, 213 cases have been recorded in the past 24 hours with 1,078 cases in the past seven days at a rate of 600.1.
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The total number of positive results in the district since the start of the pandemic stands at 22,544.
The government said a further 93,045 laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases had been recorded in the UK as of 9 a.m. on Friday, the highest daily total recorded since the start of the pandemic and an increase of 4,669 by compared to the previous record set Thursday.
The government said 111 more people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19. Separate figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that there are now 172,000 registered deaths in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.