One Somerset area is among the five regions seeing the biggest spikes in Covid rates across England.
The latest government figures tracking the case rates of coronavirus across England show that the Sedgemoor region has seen the fourth-biggest jump week-on-week in the country, with rates jumping by 130.7 cases per 100,000 people.
The figures, for the seven days to August 8, are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.
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The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.
Data for the most recent four days (August 9-12) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.
Of the 315 local areas in England, 225 (71%) have seen a week-on-week rise in rates, 87 (28%) have seen a fall and three are unchanged.
Lincoln continues to have the highest rate, with 588 new cases in the seven days to August 8 – the equivalent of 592.2 per 100,000 people.
This is down from 757.3 in the seven days to August 1.
Hull has the second-highest rate, up from 543.2 to 587.8, with 1,527 new cases.
Exeter has the third-highest rate, up slightly from 575.3 to 579.1, with 761 new cases.
Sedgemoor came in fourth among the biggest week-on-week rises.
The five areas with the biggest week-on-week rises are:
- North Devon (up from 241.9 to 392.2)
- Oadby and Wigston (257.8 to 403.4)
- Peterborough (329.8 to 469.7)
- Sedgemoor (207.0 to 337.7)
- Hinckley and Bosworth (284.6 to 403.9)
Data published by Public Health England also showed two further Somerset deaths today.
The new deaths were reported in South Somerset and Mendip, according to new Public Health England data released on Thursday (August 12).
Meanwhile there were another 462 positive tests for Covid-19 across Somerset in the last 24 hour period – down slightly on the 508 reported yesterday.
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