Somerset COVID 19 latest data
This week to 4 August, there were 1,407 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Somerset. You’ll have heard commentary throughout the week about case numbers declining nationally. Not here. Well not exactly anyway. Having seen a decline last week, this week ‘s figures have bumped up a little. Certainly predictions of new infections doubling each week still seem misplaced. As ever all it really proves is you cannot draw too many conclusions too quickly.
This week the infection hotspot seems to be Taunton with 197 new cases, followed by Bridgwater with 100. Nevertheless case numbers are notably lower across the county than a couple of weeks ago.
The table below tracks the weekly number of infections in recent weeks.
- 1,407 to 4 August
- 1,285 to 28 July
- 2,056 to 21 July
- 989 to 14 July
- 470 to 7 July
- 452 to 1 July
- 257 to 23 June
- 110 to 16 June
- 50 to 9 June
- 31 to 2 June
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 4 August for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 23 July). 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.
This week there were no further deaths from COVID 19 in our area, from 16 July to July 23. This is encouraging, especially given a sustained level of infections of at least 1,000 a week for the last month. We will continue to monitor any changes as soon as new data is published.
The R number (reproduction rate) for the South West this week has been reduced again to a range of 1.2 to 1.5. It is indicative of the recent case numbers. It also recognises the potential for them to grow exponentially.
The vaccination programme remains of paramount importance with a focus now on all cohorts aged under 30. This week least 80% of all those over 18 have now had two jabs. A further 9,000 18-24 year olds had a jab in the last week. But in other age cohorts progress appears to be more sluggish than in recent weeks. Something that the number of new cases suggests is unwise.
This leaves the under 18s. Frustratingly there is still no clarity in policy. Are all under 18s will be vaccinated or not? A further 149 under 18s have had a vaccination in the last week.
However, as always, we have attached the full data set here so you can draw your own conclusions: