Almost 500 new coronavirus cases and 23 deaths have been recorded across Somerset in just one day.
The government’s latest daily breakdown published today (Wednesday, November 30) shows hundreds of fresh cases across the county, with Somerset West and Taunton alone recording 120.
It comes just hours after Matt Hancock announced that Somerset – excluding North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset – would be plunged into the top Tier 4 restrictions from tomorrow (December 31).
Bath will be upgraded from Tier 2 to Tier 3, meaning restaurants, pubs, bars and other businesses will be forced to close come New Year’s Eve tomorrow.
Almost 1,000 deaths were recorded in the UK today, which is the highest daily rise since April.
Six of those people who died were in South Somerset, six in Somerset West and Taunton, six in Mendip, three in Sedgemoor, one in North Somerset, and one in Bath and North East Somerset.
Breakdown of cases
The daily rise is recorded below, with the accumulative figure since the pandemic began in brackets:
North Somerset: +115 (5,703)
Bath and North East Somerset: +98 (4,679)
South Somerset: +58 (2,574)
Somerset West and Taunton : +120 (2,628)
Sedgemoor: +81 (2,555)
Mendip : +27 (1,598)
In all local authorities combined, the figure stands at 499 new cases.
Across the UK, a further 50,023 cases were confirmed today, bringing the total number since the outbreak began to 2,432,888.
Another 981 people have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test, bringing the overall toll to 72,548.
Speaking in a press conference tonight, Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to spend New Year’s Eve responsibly and avoid seeing friends and family.
He said: “We are still in the tunnel of this pandemic.
“Let’s make 2021 a year in which we leave this tunnel behind us.”