THE rate of Covid-19 infection in the Somerset County Council area is among the lowest in the country, according to Government figures.

The county has seen 251 new cases over the past seven days - an average of around 36 a day.

The rate of infection in the districts is highest in Sedgemoor, followed by Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and South Somerset.

The rise in each district over the past seven days, with the rate of infection per 100,000 of population in brackets, is as follows:

  • Mendip 50 (43.3 per 100,000);
  • Sedgemoor 74 (60.1);
  • SWT 82 (52.9);
  • South Somerset 45 (26.7).

The overall rate of infection for Somerset is 44 per 100,000.