THE Covid-19 rate of infection has dipped below 100 per 100,000 of population in three of Somerset's four districts.

Somerset West leads the way with a rate of 87 per 100,000 after recording 87 new confirmed case in the latest seven-day figures.

South Somerset, with 158 positive tests over the same timescale, has a rate of 93.9 per 100,000, while Sedgemoor's 108 confirmed cases give it a rate of 99 per 100,000.

The rates have come down during the latest lockdown period, but the Government has placed the county in Tier 2 restrictions from Wednesday.

Mendip saw 137 positive tests, putting its rate at 118.5 per 100,000.

The latest daily figures released yesterday saw an increase of 64 new confirmed cases in the county council area.

Of those, 22 were in South Somerset, which has had an overall total of 1,474 cases since the pandemic began; 20 were in SWT (overall total 1,480); 14 in Sedgemoor (overall 1,527); and eight in Mendip (overall 893).