Somerset COVId 19 latest data
This week (to 13 May) there have been a further 92 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Somerset. Interestingly another tiny rise from last week but a rise for the last four weeks. Looking at the trend over the last 8 weeks the trajectory is still clearly downwards. We have had 5 weeks where the number of new infections has been below 100. However by the same token, each week we are still seeing new infections. There is no sign as yet, that the pandemic has “gone away.”
The table below illustrates the point. It tracks the weekly number of infections in recent weeks:
- 92 to 13 May
- 81 to 5 May
- 79 to 28 April
- 63 to 21 April
- 19 to 16 April
- 103 to 7 April
- 244 to 1 April
- 219 to 24 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 13 May for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 30 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 was a positive update on deaths from COVID 19 in Somerset. The last set of data was to 16 April. For the 2 weeks since then to 30 April, there have been two further deaths from COVID 19 in Somerset. One was in a care home and one at a hospital. That brings the total number of deaths since the pandemic began in Somerset to 798. which we reported last week.
The R number (reproduction rate) for the South West this week continues to be in a range either side of 1. The fact that it is quoted as 0.8 to 1.1 illustrates the risk that numbers could rise as easily as fall. It also suggests that the south west has the highest reproduction rate in the country.
The vaccination programme figures for Somerset have now been updated. Progress continues to be made, albeit at a slower pace. Nearly all those over 70 have had both jabs. Another 4,500 residents aged 45-49 have had a first jab. A further 3,500 under 45’s have also had a first jab. That is 20% of the population in that age group.
However, as always, we have attached the full data set here so you can draw your own conclusions: