The latest breakdown of coronavirus by the government shows that 212 new cases have been confirmed in Somerset in a single day.
North Somerset recorded the biggest jump in cases today (November 26) with 67, slightly less than yesterday’s fall in total for the area.
South Somerset confirmed the second highest increase of 46 – two and a half times more than the day before.
Meanwhile, the number of Covid patients in hospitals across the South West is still high, but the number of patients admitted to hospitals and to ventilation has decreased.
There were 103 coronavirus patients hospitalized in the last 24 hours in the southwest, which means that the total amount is 938. Of these, 67 are currently on ventilation.
The government said a further 498 people had died within 28 days after testing positive for Covid-19 as of Thursday, bringing the UK to a total of 57,031.
Separate figures published by the UK Deaths Bureau where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, along with additional deaths that have occurred in recent days, show that 72,000 Covid-19 deaths have now occurred in the UK.
As of 9 on Thursday, there had been another 17,555 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.
The total number of cases in the United Kingdom is 1,574,562.
Local breakdown of daily figures
The daily figures are recorded below together with the cumulative sum (in parentheses) since the start of the pandemic:
- Bath and North East Somerset +17 (3,517)
- Mendip +42 (846)
- North Somerset +67 (3920)
- Sedgemoor +25 (1,458)
- Somerset West and Taunton +15 (1,416)
- South Somerset +46 (1390)
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Boris Johnson has said that the tough new level system is enough to avoid a lock in the new year.
He told a news conference that the new limited coronavirus restrictions for England are important to keep the disease under control.
He said: “These dangers have not disappeared.
“If we alleviate it now, we risk losing control of this virus again, throwing away our hard-won gains and forcing ourselves back to a new year national lockdown with all the damage that would entail.”