Latest Somerset COVID data
This week (to 28 April) there have been a further 79 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Somerset. Interestingly a jump from last week and the second rise in two weeks. However looking at the trend over the last 8 weeks the trajectory is still clearly downwards. The table below illustrates the point. It tracks the weekly number of infections in recent weeks:
- 79 to 28 April
- 63 to 21 April
- 19 to 16 April
- 103 to 7 April
- 244 to 1 April
- 219 to 24 March
- 216 to 17 March
- 227 to 10 March
- 272 to 3 March
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 21 April for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 16 April). 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.
Thankfully there were no further deaths from COVID 19 in Somerset for the period to 16 April. The total since the pandemic began remains at 796.
The R number (reproduction rate) for the South West this week continues to be above 1. To be quoting a range up to 0.7 to 1.1, feels out of kilter with the new case numbers. However as there have been two successive weeks of rising infection numbers, it does perhaps make sense.
The vaccination programme figures for Somerset to the 18 April show steady if slower progress. A further 2,732 under 50’s have been given a first vaccination. The focus remains on getting second vaccinations to the over 50’s. To the 18 April 90% of the over 8o and 90% of the 75-79 cohorts had received a second vaccination.
However, as always, we have attached the full data set here so you can draw your own conclusions: