Coronavirus infection rates in Somerset are among the lowest in the country, according to the latest Government figures.
While Somerset has seen 251 confirmed new cases over the past seven days – an average of around 36 a day – the total figure translates into an infection rate of 42.1 per 100,000 people, ranking it low compared to the rest of the UK.
A Somerset County Council spokesman says: “We are continuing to see a rise in positive Covid-19 cases across the county. The Somerset seven-day rate is still lower (42.1 per 100,000 population) than the England rate (173.6 per 100,000) but the rise over the last few weeks is steadily continuing.”
“We are closely monitoring where our cases are, so that we can be quick to respond to any trends, clusters or outbreaks.”
“We have had positive cases in all parts of the county, therefore we want to stress that we are all in this together, and keeping the virus under control needs all of us to stick to the ‘Hands, Face, Space’ guidance. Anyone can catch Covid-19 regardless of age, gender or geographical location.”
Sedgemoor – which includes Burnham and Highbridge – has the highest rate of infection of Somerset’s districts, followed by Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip, and South Somerset.
The rise in each district over the past seven days, with the rate of infection per 100,000 of population shown in brackets, is:
- Mendip: 50 (43.3 per 100,000);
- Sedgemoor: 74 (60.1);
- SWT: 82 (52.9);
- South Somerset: 45 (26.7).