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‘Encouraging data’: South Somerset sees drop in Covid cases


South Somerset has seen a 39% drop in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the last seven-day period compared to the previous week.

A total of 1,298 people had a confirmed positive test result in the district between Tuesday January 11 and Monday January 17, according to the government’s coronavirus dashboard.

In the UK, 700,366 people tested positive over the same period, a decrease of 41.7% (501,197) from the previous seven days.

Three deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test were reported in South Somerset between January 11 and 17.

A total of 1,845 deaths have been reported across the UK, an increase of 38.7% from the previous seven days.

With the number of confirmed Covid cases falling nationwide, the government is debating whether it can lift England’s Plan B restrictions on Wednesday January 26, when they are due to expire.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman yesterday said there were ‘encouraging signs’ in the data and said ‘maximum time’ would be given to prepare for any changes to the rules.

“In terms of data, there are encouraging signs that infections are declining across the country,” the spokesperson said.

“Obviously we also want this to be reflected in the latest data from the ONS.

“There are also signs of drops – or at least plateauing – in hospital admissions and occupancy, which is good to see.

“But the fact remains that our NHS is under significant pressure.

“There are over 16,000 Covid patients in hospital in England alone.

“So we’re monitoring the data very closely, but we believe the mitigations we’ve put in place – particularly our recall program – provide massive protection for the public.”

Professor Mike Tildesley of the University of Warwick, who is a member of the Pandemic Influenza Modeling Science Group, said the data indicates the Omicron wave could “turn around”.

He said: ‘Hospital admissions are still relatively high, although there is evidence they may be leveling off or possibly falling in London, which is cautiously good news.

“I would say we probably need about an extra week of data to really see the effect of kids going back to school – we’re still only two weeks away since kids went back to school – but if we still see that over the next week or so, I’d be pretty confident that we see that wave turn around.

This morning Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab slammed as ‘nonsense’ an allegation by Dominic Cummings that Boris Johnson misled the House of Commons at a drinking rally in Downing Street.

DEPUTY: Justice Secretary Dominic Raab responded to Dominic Cummings’ comments on ‘partygate’ (Image: Stefan Rousseau, PA Wire)

Mr Cummings, the PM’s former chief adviser, said he was prepared to ‘swear under oath’ that Mr Johnson lied when he said he had no knowledge of the event – ​​​​to be held on May 20, 2020 – would be an advance ‘drink party’. .

Mr Raab told Times Radio: “The suggestion that he lied is nonsense.

“He made it very clear in the House of Commons that questions about it, that he thought it was a work event.”

When asked what would be expected if Mr Johnson had lied in the House of Commons, Mr Raab said ‘it would normally be, under the ministerial code and the governance around Parliament, a matter of resignation”.

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