Somerset latest COVID 19 figures
This week (to 6 January) there have been a further 2,230 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Somerset. This is (for the third week running) the highest number of new infections since the pandemic started. The table below shows tracks the weekly number of infections in recent weeks:
- 2230 to 6 January
- 1475 to 30 December
- 1002 to 23 December
- 672 to 16 December
- 492 to 9 December
- 517 To 2 December
- 507 To 25 November
- 779 To 19 November
- 521 To 11 November
Before we go any further however, 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 6 January for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 25 December). 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.
The latest figures update the number of deaths in our area for the last 2 weeks. There was no update last week. Just to remind you where we were, in the week to 11 December 24 deaths were reported. In the 2 weeks since then, a further 50 deaths have been recorded. 33 in the week to 18 December. 17 in the week to 25 December of which 12 were in care homes and 5 in hospital.
In the first phase of the pandemic Sedgemoor had experienced significantly more deaths than the rest of Somerset. In the last month the situation has changed markedly. South Somerset now has the largest number of deaths as the table below indicates:
- 111 South Somerset
- 101 Sedgemoor
- 78 Mendip
- 66 Somerset west and Taunton
The R number for the South West continues to be reported as between 1.0 to 1.2. We can only reiterate how unhelpful that range is. It is clear from the recent numbers reported for our area, that in Somerset the number is greater than 1.
As ever we attach the full data set so readers can see for themselves and form their own conclusions.