Somerset COVID 19 – latest figures
The latest COVID 19 figures for the Somerset county Council area were posted yesterday. In the week to 2 December the total number of confirmed COVID 19 cases has risen to 5,428. That is the total since the pandemic began.
The last four sets of weekly data showed the following:
- 517 To 2 December
- 507 To 25 November
- 779 To 19 November
- 521 To 11 November
As you can see, the number of new cases is not subsiding. In fact as we have mentioned before, it is significantly higher than previously. The total number of confirmed cases from the start of the pandemic to 9 September was 1,427. Since then in just 3 months we have seen 4,001 new cases.
There is certainly nothing to be complacent about. But before going further, our usual health warning about the figures. Unlike NHS data these numbers include care homes and incidences of COVID 19 “at home”. The data is prepared to 2 December for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 20 November). The reason for this delay is to keep the numbers accurate – or should we say as accurate as possible. The daily totals published by the NHS are subject to constant revision, as not unreasonably, the data is constantly being updated to improve accuracy. It is also worth noting that the SCC area does not include North Somerset (so Weston hospital) or BANES (So the RUH in Bath) both of which are separate administrative areas.
We are sad to have to report 13 deaths were recorded in the latest figures for our area. That was for the week to 20 September. 10 of those were in hospital, a further 3 in a care home setting. This is not surprising. Given the rate of cases being reported over the past 3 months, we would expect increasing numbers of deaths to follow. This is the highest weekly total since the 22 May.
The key messages are, in our opinion largely unchanged. The Leveller® objects to the new tier system. Largely because it has restrictions that are illogical and not based on any sort of science.
Nevertheless that is not to say we should not be careful. We completely support the wearing of masks, social distancing and self isolation policies. And we ask for public support in being sensible and courteous to each other to start to bring the numbers back down.
As ever, we have included the figures below so you can draw your own conclusion: