SOUTH Somerset has seen a 14.7% increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the last seven-day period.
A total of 2,127 people in the district received a confirmed positive Covid-19 test result between Tuesday January 4 and Monday January 10.
During the previous seven-day period (December 28 to January 3), 1,855 people had a confirmed positive test result in the district.
That figure marked a 76.8% increase in the number of cases compared to the previous seven-day period (December 21 to December 27).
Yesterday, 250 people had a confirmed positive test result in the district.
One person died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid between January 4 and 10 in southern Somerset.
UK Covid Latest
According to the government‘s coronavirus dashboard, 142,224 people tested positive for Covid yesterday across the UK.
Just over 1.2 million people tested positive for Covid in the UK between January 4 and 10 – a 1% increase from the previous seven-day period.
A total of 77 deaths were recorded within 28 days of a positive Covid test yesterday.
1,330 deaths were recorded within 28 days of a positive Covid test between January 4 and 10.
Editing test rules
From today, asymptomatic people who test positive for Covid will no longer need to take a PCR test to confirm their result.
The move was announced by the British Health Security Agency (UKHSA) last week to free up capacity in laboratories for PCR testing of people with symptoms of Covid.
The change means that people who test positive on a lateral flow device (LFD) will have to self-isolate immediately without confirmation by PCR.
The UKHSA said it was a temporary measure as Covid rates remain high across the UK.
UKHSA Managing Director Dr Jenny Harries said: “This is a proven approach.
“With elevated Covid cases, we can confidently say that lateral flow testing can be used to indicate Covid-19 without the need for PCR confirmation.
“If you test positive on an LFD, you should immediately self-isolate and record your result to allow for contact tracing. ”
Exemptions from the new rules apply to people who wish to claim the test and traceability support payment, to people who take research lateral flow tests and to those who test positive for second day after arriving in England.
Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should self-isolate and arrange for a PCR test on the government website or by calling 119.
Police contact Cabinet office over 10 claims over drinks during lockdown
Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are liaising with the Cabinet Office over allegations that the Prime Minister’s Assistant held a ‘bring your own booze’ rally in Downing Street during the first lockdown in May 2020.
Martin Reynolds, Boris Johnson’s chief private secretary, sent an email to more than 100 Downing Street workers in which he said they should ‘make the most of the good weather’ while coronavirus restrictions banned groups to meet socially outside at the time.
It has been alleged in several reports that the Prime Minister and his wife, Carrie Johnson, attended the event.
A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: “The Metropolitan Police Service is aware of numerous reports of alleged violations of the Health Protection Regulations at Downing Street on May 20, 2020 and is in contact with the Cabinet Office.”
This morning, Health Minister Edward Argar told the BBC: “I can fully understand why people who have lost loved ones, or people whose lives have just had their lives extremely disrupted by these restrictions, are angry and upset by these allegations. ”
He said “appropriate disciplinary action” should be taken if the rules were broken, but said the details fell to the Whitehall holiday investigation by senior official Sue Gray.
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