Two areas in Somerset have reported nearly 1,000 active coronavirus cases each as infections double to more than 3,400 across the county, one study says.
New data from the COVID Symptom Study, an app that tracks people with symptoms of the virus across the country, suggests that 370,769 Britons are currently infected with ‘Symptomatic Covid’, as of 5 a.m. yesterday (Sunday, July 4 ).
The study relies on user submissions documenting their symptoms, so it is able to track active cases in which symptoms are displayed.
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This is an increase of nearly 100,000 cases over the past seven days, continuing a recent trend that has seen cases rise sharply across the country after months of declining infections.
Recent spikes in active infections have brought the currently estimated total in Somerset to 3,489 – this total having more than doubled in the past week (since June 27).
Two areas of the county – Sedgemoor and Bath and North East Somerset – are estimated to have nearly 1,000 active cases each, with 977 and 948 active infections reported, respectively.
The areas have seen cases increase to 921 and 589 respectively over the past seven days as the Delta variant of the virus continues to spread across the UK.
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North Somerset has seen cases jump to 299 over the past week to a current total of 611 currently active, and South Somerset has seen 164 new infections to bring the total to 327.
However, Taunton Deane (276 cases) and Mendip (350) saw active cases drop to 76 and 114 respectively.
Sedgemoor’s dramatic spike in cases has also earned it the highest rate of active cases, currently at 8,054 per million people.
The rate is calculated in each area by taking the number of active symptomatic cases as a proportion of the number of people contributing to the study, and extrapolating it to find the number of cases that would be ongoing in an area of one million. people.
Bath and North East Somerset have the second highest rate with 4,990 per million population, with Mendip (3,089 per million) being the only other region with a rate above 3,000.
Estimated active cases in Somerset Map showing the current estimated level of active Covid infections (Image: Covid Symptom Study)
The total number of people currently estimated to have Covid in each district of Somerset is as follows, at 5 a.m. yesterday (Sunday July 4), with the infection rate per million people in brackets, is as follows:
North Somerset – 611 (2,890 per 1,000,000) (+299 from June 27) Bath and North East Somerset – 948 (4,990 per 1,000,000) (+589) South Somerset – 327 (1,971 per 1,000 000) (+164) Sedgemoor – 977 (8,054 per 1,000,000) (+921) Taunton Deane – 276 (2,353 per 1,000,000) (-76) Mendip – 350 (3,089 per 1,000,000) (- 114) West Somerset – no data available (last recorded data was 13 March 21)
These figures take into account estimated cases involving patients who have not been tested for the coronavirus, which is why in some cases they differ from the actual number of cases confirmed by Public Health England.
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This notice was published: 2021-07-05 11:07:12