TWO new cases of coronavirus have been reported in Winchester district in the last 24 hours

The number of new infections in Hampshire has increased by 12 in the last day, the second smallest increase in more than a week.

There were 5,627 lab-confirmed cases of the virus in the Hampshire County Council area as of 4pm today, up from 5,615, reported on Sunday.

No new deaths have been reported locally.

The number of confirmed cases in Winchester area is at 530, up two on Sunday, with a rate of 424.5 per 100,000 people.

The rate of infection in Hampshire stands at 407.0 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average, shown this evening as 569.2.

Today there have now been 371,125 cases of the virus across the UK – an increase of 2,621 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.

Nationally, a further nine people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in England to 41,637, according to the ONS website updated late at 6.30pm this evening.

In today's coronavirus news:

The number of people that can attend social gatherings has been cut to six in England following a sharp rise in coronavirus cases across the UK.

The new law, which came into effect today (Monday, September 14), means that gatherings of more than six people will be illegal.

Until Sunday, September 13, the lawful limit on gatherings across England has been 30 people.

Read more on that here

As new rules on social gatherings come into force across England, fresh concerns have been raised as to whether shoppers will need to queue outside supermarkets.

Today, a new law came into effect, meaning people will only be allowed to gather in groups of six, rather than 30.

Read more on that here