Somerset Covid-19 Engagement Board has issued the following information this week.
Somerset’s seven-day infection rate is now 123.1 new cases per 100,000, this is a sharp rise on last week’s rate of 86.8. Between 7 December and 13 December, 18,871 tests were carried out across the county and there have been 692 new confirmed cases in the county – an increase on the last reported case numbers.
The rise we are seeing undoubtably coincides with the end of the second ‘lockdown’ so it is vital that the continued Tier 2 restrictions and guidelines are adhered to and followed to help us bring these numbers back down.
Over-arching message: After the Prime Minister’s latest announcement, we know that Somerset currently remains in Tier 2; it’s vital we all follow these rules in the run up to Christmas as mistakes now, could prove very costly in the future. With Christmas fast approaching we would like to remind you all that whilst you can bubble with two other households – making a maximum of three families between 23 and 27 December, you should think really carefully about the risks involved in this. The latest guidance from Government is to keep Christmas ‘Short, Small and Local’. We would urge you to really heed this advice as our actions now will inevitably impact our case numbers in the weeks to come.
Of course, we want everyone to have a very Happy Christmas, but when you do spend time with people outside your household, try to remember that this virus is very resilient – it sticks to objects making it easy to spread. When passing items whilst celebrating with family, whether that be presents, playing board games or passing the gravy boat on Christmas Day; please remember to wash hands frequently and keep hand sanitiser close by – it really will help.
‘Remember, everyone can catch it, anyone can spread it’