Data shows worrying rise in COVID-19 infection rates across Somerset – Somerset Live

New government data shows a worrying increase in the coronavirus infection rate in all six districts across Somerset.

There were 267 positive COVID-19 tests confirmed across the county between September 28 and October 4 as the total number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic grew from 3,224 to 3,491.

All six council areas of the county have seen sizeable rises in cases, with Public Health England data showing that the number of cases per 100,000 people in each district has risen significantly from last week.

The biggest rise has been seen in Bath and North East Somerset, where the infection rate has risen from 290.8 cases per 100,000 people in the city to 329.1 – equivalent to 82 new cases.

Somerset West and Taunton has also seen a heavy rise, with the infection rate jumping from 330.7 to 366.2, translating to 51 new infections.

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No district in the county has recorded a rise of less than 15, with Sedgemoor having seen the smallest increase from 374.3 to 389.7.

The latest COVID-19 infection rates in each district across Somerset is as follows:

  • North Somerset – 555.2 cases per 100,000 people (up 19.5, equivalent to 53 new cases)
  • Sedgemoor – 389.7 (up 15.4, equivalent to 25 new cases)
  • Somerset West and Taunton – 366.2 (up 35.5, equivalent to 51 new cases)
  • Bath and North East Somerset – 329.1 (up 38.3, equivalent to 82 new cases)
  • South Somerset – 259 (up 17.2, equivalent to 26 new cases)
  • Mendip – 214.6 cases (up 20.8, equivalent to 30 new cases)

The figures were released after it was revealed that 71 positive tests were confirmed across Somerset in the last 24 hours.

The total number of people to have tested positive for the virus in each Somerset district since the beginning of the pandemic, as of 9am yesterday (Monday, October 5) is as follows:

  • North Somerset – 1,194
  • Bath and North East Somerset – 636
  • Somerset West and Taunton – 568
  • Sedgemoor – 480
  • South Somerset – 436
  • Mendip – 248

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Author: The Covid-19 Channel