Nearly a third of the areas of Somerset could now be free of coronavirus after recording between zero and two new cases in the last week, according to government data.

Public Health England is publishing a weekly update outlining the number of new cases reported in each seven-day period for every area of the country, as well as an interactive heatmap showing the most affected areas.

The rolling data reports the new cases being confirmed in any seven-day period, with the data published on Thursday (February 25) covering the period up to February 20.

The figures for the intervening five days are not included as they are incomplete and likely to be altered.

Over this seven-day period, there are 39 areas out of 124 across the county that could have recorded zero new cases, with the data only assigning a total to those areas that have recorded three or more.

Those recording between zero and two new cases are left blank on the heatmap and do not have a total assigned to them.

This is a significant rise on the same figures up to February 13, at which point there were 22 areas recording this level of new cases.

These areas include a large number of Bath areas, including Central Bath and Lansdown, Walcot, Lambridge and Fairfield Park and Odd Down.

Three areas of Taunton are also among those that could potentially be Covid-free, thesee being the Halcon and Monkton Heathfield, Galmington and Trull and Wilton areas of the town.

The Central, Redcliffe and South areas of Portishead are all also left blank in the latest figures.

Among the least-affected areas of the county by Covid are also parts of Clevedon, Castle Cary, Crewkerne, Nailsea, Minehead, Langport, Shepton Mallet and Wellington.

The areas that could now be Covid-free, having recorded between zero and two new cases in the most recent seven-day period, are as follows:

  • Castle Cary & Keinton Mandeville
  • Central Bath & Lansdown
  • Clevedon Central
  • Clevedon North
  • Combe Down
  • Crewkerne
  • Draycott, Westbury & Wookey
  • Dunster, Dulverton & Exmoor
  • Ham Hill & Merriott
  • Kingsmead
  • Lambridge & Fairfield Park
  • Langport & Long Sutton
  • Martock
  • Minehead Outer & Porlock
  • Nailsea East
  • Newbridge
  • Oakhill, Horrington & Chewton Mendip
  • Odd Down
  • Oldfield Park East
  • Pensford, Clutton & Temple Cloud
  • Pill & Easton
  • Pilton, Butleigh & Alhampton
  • Portishead Central
  • Portishead Redcliffe
  • Portishead South
  • Ruishton & North Curry
  • Shepton Mallet
  • South Petherton, Seavington & Kingsbury
  • Stoford & the Cokers
  • Stratton, Holcombe & Highbury
  • Tatworth & Combe St Nicholas
  • Taunton Galmington & Trull
  • Taunton Halcon & Monkton Heathfield
  • Taunton Wilton
  • Walcot
  • Wellington South, Rockwell Green & West Buckland
  • Widcombe, Bathwick Hill & Claverton Down
  • Winscombe, Langford & Blagdon
  • Wiveliscombe & Milverton

NB: This data is correct as of the figures published on Thursday, February 25, covering the weekly period up to February 20. The most up-to-date figures can be found on the government’s Covid data portal.

Where is the data coming from?

The map showing the current level of new cases across Bath and Somerset

The map showing the current level of new cases across Bath and Somerset
(Image: Public Health England)

You can see the latest national data on the online COVID-19 cluster map.

The map uses data from Public Health England’s “second generation surveillance system”.

The map highlights which areas of the nation have three or more confirmed cases of the virus and colour co-coordinates the areas by how many cases they have.

The map is divided into sections – officially known as ‘Middle Super Output Areas’ – and each section is coloured a different shade depending on how many positive Covid test results have been recorded in that area.

The darker the colour on the image, the more positive test results have been recorded.

Data for the most recent five days has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

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