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Somerset coronavirus cases fall following change in way positive tests are recorded Bath City News

Coronavirus case revisions have led to a drop of 67 cases in Somerset, according to the latest figures reported on Tuesday (May 18).

In today’s announcement, Public Health England revealed a change to the way cases are being counted.

They say the introduction of a new system disrupted the figures, as it required a removal of cases where a positive rapid lateral flow test was followed by all negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests taken within three days.

As a result, across the UK, 4,776 cases have now been removed.

They add: “Newly-reported cases for the UK and England were unaffected. Historical published date totals have not been changed.

“Newly-reported cases at regional and local authority level within England are calculated as the daily change in the total number of cases.

“This means that for 18 May 2021, these show significantly lower numbers or zero, and do not reflect the actual number of new cases reported on that date.”

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The Government said a further seven people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday, bringing the UK total to 127,691.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have been 152,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The Government also said that, as of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 2,412 lab-confirmed cases in the UK.

It brings the total to 4,450,392 after an adjustment in the way case numbers are calculated.

Area-by-area breakdown of new positive test results

The number of positive test results in each area since the pandemic began is recorded below, with new positive test results recorded in the past 24 hours in brackets:

Bath and North East Somerset: 8,292 (down 17) Mendip: 3,484 (down six) North Somerset: 10,133 (down 16) Sedgemoor: 5,456 (down five) Somerset West and Taunton: 6,002 (down 10) South Somerset: 5,477 (down 13) Deaths within 28 days of a positive test result

The statistics show the number of deaths from people who died within 28 days of a positive test result.

Bath and North East Somerset: 218 Mendip: 162 North Somerset: 315 Sedgemoor: 161 Somerset West and Taunton: 203 South Somerset: 153

Government data up to May 17 shows that of the 57,357,857 jabs given in the UK so far, 36,811,405 were first doses – a rise of 106,733 on the previous day.

Some 20,546,452 were second doses, an increase of 259,049.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-18 19:48:10