There has been a huge spike in coronavirus cases across Somerset over the past 24 hours.
Today (October 23) 184 infections have been recorded across all six areas in the county,
Today’s figures are 18 times than those being recorded at the end of September, which were around 10 per day.
For the second consecutive day, North Somerset saw the biggest rise, with 62 new cases.
Bath and North East Somerset also reported a significant increase, with 55 positive lab tests overnight.
Meanwhile, Sedgemoor saw a rise of 25, with 24 new confirmed infections in Somerset West and Taunton.
The UK’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 224, with 20,530 new cases confirmed.
The tragic figure – a sharp rise on the 189 fatalities announced yesterday – was released by the Department of Health and Social Care.
It is nearly three times higher than two weeks ago, and six times more than it was a month ago, on September 23.
Local breakdown of positive test results
- Bath and North East Somerset – 1,240 (+55)
- Mendip – 378 (+8)
- North Somerset – 1,615 (+62)
- Sedgemoor – 639 (+25)
- Somerset West and Taunton – 795 (+24)
- South Somerset – 569 (+10)
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Infections of coronavirus are spreading faster in the South West than anywhere else in the UK, the latest figures show.
The growth rate, which reflects how quickly the number of infections are changing day by day, fell slightly to between +5 to +9 per cent. This compares to last week’s +6 and +10 per cent.
And it’s almost double the rate for England, which has dipped this week to +3 to +5 per cent.
While our region’s R has remained between 1.3 and 1.6.
This means that on average, every 10 people who contract the virus will go on to infect between 13 and 16 other people.
R nationally has dropped to between 1.2 to 1.4, this compares to last week’s 1.3 and 1.5.