More than 50 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Somerset in the past 24 hours.
All six local authority areas within the county have recorded another rise in covid-19 cases, according to the daily figures released by the government today (Saturday, October 3).
There were 57 more cases in total, with Bath and North East Somerset alone confirming 19 new cases in the past day.
This is more than double from Friday, when 26 more cases were registered in the area.
The Government is warning that due to a technical issue, which has now been resolved, there has been a delay in publishing a number of COVID-19 cases to the dashboard in England.
This means the total reported over the coming days will include some additional cases from the period between September 24 and October 1, increasing the number of cases reported.
Local authority breakdown
- Bath and North East Somerset : 584 (+19)
- Mendip : 234 (+11)
- North Somerset: 1,162 (+11)
- Sedgemoor : 465 (+4)
- Somerset West and Taunton : 538 (+11)
- South Somerset : 410 (+1)
Nationally there were 12,872 cases reported today, bringing the total to 480,017 since the pandemic first began.
Separate figures from Friday suggest that the R rate in the South West – the rate of infection – is now 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 people.
An area of Bath continues to have the highest number of recent positive coronavirus test results in Somerset, according to Public Health England.