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Somerset area among highest active Covid rates in southwest, study finds Bath City News

The Sedgemoor region has the fourth highest rate of active Covid cases in the entire South West, according to a study tracking the virus across the UK.

New data from the COVID Symptom Study, an app that tracks people with symptoms of the virus across the country, suggests that 720,005 Britons are currently infected with ‘Symptomatic Covid’, as of 5 a.m. today (Tuesday August 31).

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 week, reversing a recent trend that has seen cases start to decline across the country after weeks of increasing infections due to the variant. Delta.

However, the region of Sedgemoor in Somerset is particularly affected, with the region now considered to be one of the worst affected areas in the southwest.

The region’s rate of 17,119 cases per million people reported by the study is exceeded by only three regions of Devon – North Devon, Torridge and Torbay.

However, the region has only the second worst cases in the county, Bath and North East Somerset (2,629 active cases) exceeding the total of 2,076 in Sedgemoor.

There are 1,616 estimated active cases in Taunton Deane, North Somerset (1,277 cases) being the other region which currently has over 1,000 infections.

BANES also has the second highest rate of active cases behind Sedgemoor, currently standing at 13,832 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.

Taunton Deane is narrowly third with 13,774 active infections per million people, with Mendip (7,771) and North Somerset (6,043) being the next most affected areas.

Active cases estimated in Somerset The current map showing levels of active cases in Somerset (Image: Covid Symptom Study)

The total number of people currently estimated to have Covid in each district of Somerset is as follows, as of 5 a.m. today (Tuesday, August 31), with the infection rate per million people in brackets, is as follows:

North Somerset – 1,277 (6,043 per 1,000,000) (+311 from August 17) Bath and North East Somerset – 2,629 (13,832 per 1,000,000) (+1 136) South Somerset – 822 (4,960 for 1,000,000) (-252) Sedgemoor – 2,076 (17,119 for 1,000,000) (+984) Taunton Deane – 1,616 (13,774 for 1,000,000) (-14) Mendip – 882 (7,771 for 1 000,000) (+265) West Somerset – no data available (last recorded data was 13 on 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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