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The two areas of Somerset where the coronavirus is still rampant Bath City News

High coronavirus rates in Ilminster & Horton and Wellington North have caused the average case rate there to reach more than 750 cases per 100,000 population, nearly triple the national average.

Ilminster & Horton recorded a 40% increase in infections, resulting in a case rate of 783.6 per 100,000 people, while Wellington North recorded 763 cases over the same seven-day period.

The numbers shown on the government’s interactive heat map are now likely to underestimate the true reality of the number of covid cases, as they rely on people testing and recording their test results. The map breaks down areas into “middle layer super outflow areas,” which are smaller than local authorities displaying data at the most local level.

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Every district in Somerset has actually seen a decline in case rates, with Somerset West and Taunton being the only area to have a case rate that remains above 400. The figures are from the seven days ending April 17.

Other areas that currently have a high case rate include Wiveliscombe & Milverton (572.6), South Petherton, Seavington & Kingsbury (562.9) and Minehead Town (527.1).

There are currently no ‘black areas’ in Somerset – areas where the number of cases per 100,000 population exceeds 1,600, or 1.6% of the raw population.

The drop in the county’s case rate coincides with a drop in the region’s recorded death toll, which was recorded at 23.7 over seven days, from 33.4 earlier this month.

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