THERE were 45 positive Covid-19 tests in Somerset in the latest 24-hour period.

Of those, 22 were in South Somerset, which has now had a total of 5,012 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.

There were six new confirmed cases in Somerset West and Taunton, for an overall total of 5,798.

Sedgemoor saw nine positive tests (overall total 5,055).

And Mendip had eight new confirmed cases (overall 3,285).

That means there have been 19,150 across the whole county council area since the start of the pandemic.

The infection rates, based on the latest rolling seven-day figures, continue to fall.

The rates are:

  • South Somerset 40.4 cases per 100,000 (previous day 46.3).
  • Somerset West and Taunton 38.7 (42.5).
  • Sedgemoor 72.3 (79.6).
  • Mendip 52.8 (58.8).

No new Covid-19 related deaths were recorded in the latest daily figures.

The overall death toll in each district since the start of the pandemic remains at 148 in South Somerset; 199 in SWT; 152 in Sedgemoor; and 158 in Mendip.