A TOTAL of 20 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Hampshire in the last 24 hours.

In Southampton, three people have been confirmed as having the virus in the past day, at an infection rate of 406.7 per 100,000 people.

The latest data on the government website shows 20 new cases in the Hampshire area up to just before 4pm on September 6 (yesterday).

This means that since the start of the pandemic, 5,456 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Hampshire.

All infection rates are 100,000 of the resident population in each area.

In Winchester, two new cases have been confirmed in the last 24 hours, with a total of 518. Its rate is 414.9.

In the New Forest, a further five cases have been confirmed, bringing the total to 517 cases overall. The rate stands at 287.1.

The rate in Eastleigh is 348.8, which has gone up by two cases since yesterday.

Cases in Test Valley have risen by three, with a rate of 428.8.

Whereas in Fareham, the infection rate is currently 280.5, with a rise of one positive result since yesterday.

In Gosport, there have been no new cases in the last 24 hours, with a rate of 287.6, and in Portsmouth, one new case has been recorded. It has a rate of 262.4.

Data released by NHS England on Sunday afternoon showed another three patients have died with Covid-19 in hospitals in England.

The total number of confirmed reported deaths has risen to 29,607.

NHS England said the patients were aged between 69 and 89-years-old and all had known underlying health conditions.