TWENTY-FOUR Hampshire people have tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, according to the latest figures this afternoon. Two were in the Winchester City Council area.

There were 5,499 lab-confirmed cases of the virus in the Hampshire County Council area as of 4pm today, up from 5,475, reported on Monday.

There have been no new deaths reported since the one from the Portsmouth area recorded on Friday.

Today there have now been 352,520 cases of the virus across the UK – an increase of 2,948 in the last 24 hours.

The number of deaths in Hampshire hospitals remains at 608.

The figure for fatal cases at the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, is 161, the same since June 29.

The figures for the other local county trusts are Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust, 230; Solent NHS Trust, 2; Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, 17; University Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, 198.

Last week the Office for National Statistics, which has been collating numbers for all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community, confirmed there had been no increase in the overall total.

Nationally, a further 30 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in England to 41,584, according to the ONS website this afternoon.

The rate of infection in Hampshire stands at 397.7 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average, shown this afternoon, as 536.8.

The number of confirmed cases in Winchester remains at 520, up two on yesterday, with a rate of 416.5 per 100,000 people.

In today's coronavirus news:

Residents in Winchester attempting to book a coronavirus test through the Government's online portal face a 182-mile round trip to the nearest centre with availability in the next week.

People across the country have had problems in recent days trying to book antigen tests, which tell you whether you have Covid-19 at the time of the test.

A search on the Government's testing portal for the postcode of the Chronicle’s office in Upper Brook Street, carried out on Tuesday lunchtime reveals that the nearest place to get a test should you have symptoms in the next five days is the Lee Valley Athletics Park in north London.

Read more on that HERE