There have been 470 new positive coronavirus test results confirmed in Somerset according to the latest figures from the Government today (January 10).
The new cases mean there has now been a total of 25,221 positive test results recorded in the county since the pandemic began.
The biggest rise was in Bath and North East Somerset (95).
There were also large rises in North Somerset (94), and Sedgemoor and Somerset West and Taunton (78 each).
Breakdown of positive test results
The daily rise is recorded below, with the accumulative figure since the pandemic began in brackets:
Somerset West and Taunton: +78 (3,634)
Bath and North East Somerset: +95 (5,790)
North Somerset: +94 (6,974)
Sedgemoor: +78 (3,416)
South Somerset: +69 (3,306)
Mendip: +56 (2,091)
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The Government said that, as of 9am on Sunday, there had been a further 54,940 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.
It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 3,072,349.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he would not speculate on whether the lockdown rules could be strengthened.
Asked about the prospect of tighter restrictions, he told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show: “I don’t want to speculate because the most important message is not whether the Government will further strengthen the rules.
“The most important thing is that people stay at home and follow the rules that we have got.
“And that, in terms of the scale of the impact on the cases, that is the most important thing we can do collectively as a society.”
Mr Hancock, who gave the interview from his own home via video link, added: “It is hard, it is not easy. But if you can do something from home and you don’t need to go outside of home to do it, then you should.
“People need to not just follow the letter of the rules but follow the spirit as well and play their part.”