Almost 100 positive coronavirus tests recorded in Somerset in past 24 hours – Somerset Live

A total of 98 positive coronavirus test results have been recorded across Somerset in the past 24 hours, according to Government data released today (Saturday, October 17).

The county has now seen 4,547 positive coronavirus test results recorded since the pandemic began.

Nationwide, 705,428 people have tested positive for Covid-19.

Local breakdown of positive test results

  • Bath and North East Somerset – 1,010 (+42)
  • Mendip – 327 (+9)
  • North Somerset – 1,404 (+15)
  • Sedgemoor – 565 (+12)
  • Somerset West and Taunton – 711 (+11)
  • South Somerset – 530 (+9)

‘Circuit breaker’ lockdown proposed for every half term

Two-week ‘circuit breaker’ lockdowns should be held every school holiday to tackle coronavirus, a scientist has suggested.

Professor Graham Medley, who sits on the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) committee, said it would make sense to shut down businesses and schools to coincide with half term breaks and the Christmas holidays.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday (Friday, October 16), he said this would help to reduce the amount of school time children would miss.

While most half-term breaks are only one week, he said this would not be enough to be effective in stopping the spread of the virus, as infected people can be contagious for longer.

He said: “It’s a proposal, it’s a way of reducing prevalence of having some control over the virus without having to go into severe restrictions before you have to.

“Potentially you could say if we do it at half term, we could do it again over the Christmas holidays.

“It [the timing] is advertised so businesses and people know it’s going to happen, that potentially helps a lot.”