Four Somerset areas report just a handful of new Covid cases

Just 28 new coronavirus cases have been reported today across Somerset.

New figures from Public Health England show that Mendip had just one new case, and North Somerset and Sedgemoor had just two each.

In addition, Bath and North East Somerset had just three new cases and Somerset West and Taunton reported just four.

South Somerset saw the highest daily increase with 16.

There have been no more Covid-linked deaths today in the county.

It comes as the country prepares to ease lockdown further.

From tomorrow, Monday, March 29 groups of up to six or two separate households will be able to meet outdoors.

Further to that, people will also be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sport and outdoor activities like tennis.

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Area-by-area breakdown

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

  • Bath and North East Somerset: 8,164 (+3)
  • Mendip: 3,404 (+1)

  • North Somerset: 9,948 (+2)
  • Sedgemoor: 5,264 (+2)

  • Somerset West and Taunton : 5,902 (+4)
  • South Somerset: 5,343 (+16)

This is the latest data on deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.

  • Bath and North East Somerset – 218 (no change)

  • Mendip – 161 (no change)

  • North Somerset – 306 (no change)

  • Sedgemoor – 154 (no change)

  • Somerset West and Taunton – 202 (no change)

  • South Somerset – 151 (no change)

Meanwhile, across the UK a further 19 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Sunday, bringing the UK total to 126,592.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 149,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The Government also said that, as of 9am on Sunday, there had been a further 3,862 lab-confirmed cases in the UK.

It brings the total to 4,333,042.

More than 30 million people in the UK have now received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

A total of 30,151,287 people had their first dose between December 8 and March 27 – about 57% of all UK adults, the Department of Health and Social Care said.

In addition, 3,527,481 people have had their second doses, totalling 33,678,768 jabs administered overall.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that more than 30 million people have now had the jab across the UK – including 650,000 vaccinations delivered yesterday.

“The vaccine is saving lives and is our route out of this pandemic. I want to say a massive thanks to the team.

“When you get the call – get the jab.”

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