A FURTHER nine positive Covid-19 tests have been reported in Somerset in the latest 24-hour period.

There were four new confirmed cases of the virus in Somerset West and Taunton, with three in Sedgemoor and two in Mendip.

The figures relate to the period to 5pm yesterday (Monday).

It comes after 13 new cases were recorded the previous day.

No new confirmed cases were reported in South Somerset.

It means there have now been a total of 1,427 positive Covid-19 tests in the county council area.

The steady rise in cases in recent weeks is worrying, but is in line with the national picture, although it should be remembered that with increased testing there are bound to be more cases detected.

The district totals now stand at Mendip 169; Sedgemoor 418; Somerset West & Taunton 471; and South Somerset 369.