THERE were 151 positive Covid-19 tests in Somerset West and Taunton in a single day, according to Government figures.

The most recent data released last night shows the county council area had 363 new confirmed cases of the virus over a 24-hour period.

Of those, 64 were in South Somerset; 79 in Sedgemoor; and 69 in Mendip.

Overall, the county has seen 13,441 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic, although many others will have been asymptomatic, adding to the risk of the virus spreading.

The total number of positive tests in each district has risen to 3,546 in South Somerset; 3,982 in SWT; 3,654 in Sedgemoor; and 2,259 in Mendip.

The statistics show that almost three people in every 100 in Sedgemoor has been confirmed to have the virus, with an infection rate of 2,966.4 per 100,000 of population. The figures for the other districts are 2,106.4 per 100,000 in South Somerset; 2,567.1 in SWT; and 1,954.4 in Mendip.

The latest seven-day rolling infection rates are 286.3 per 100,000 in South Somerset (down from the previous day's figure of 284.5 per 100,000); 369.4 in SWT (down from 384.2); 399.4 in Sedgemoor (down from 428.6); and 282.9 in Mendip (up from 279.4).