On Wednesday April 1, three more people were reported to have died after testing positive for COVID-19 at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.
The tragic news of new local deaths came as the UK had its deadliest day of the virus epidemic to date, with 563 deaths confirmed in just 24 hours.
Despite life on hold and the country locking in, the coronavirus continues to spread every day.
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Coronavirus – the key facts
In Somerset, the total number of confirmed cases increased by 15 in the April 1 figures.
Meanwhile, it is feared that official figures – which come from tests performed on hospital patients – do not show the true extent of the epidemic.
The government is facing calls for more testing, especially on NHS workers dealing directly with patients with coronavirus.
Thousands of NHS workers are trapped at home, isolated because they have shown symptoms, but do not know if they have or have had the disease.
Somerset coronavirus case
The latest figures for April 1:
- Somerset – 63 (up 9 from 54 in previous figures)
- Bath and North East Somerset – 45 (up 4 from 41 in previous figures)
- North Somerset – 42 (up 2 from 40 in previous figures)
Total number of cases in Somerset – 150 (up to 15)
Coronavirus in Dorset, Devon and Wiltshire
The disease continues to affect people in western Canada.
The total number of cases for Dorset on April 1 was 62 compared to 54.
In Devon, there have been seven new confirmed cases, up to 128 from 121.
In Wiltshire, there have been 10 new cases, up from 93 to 83.
Coronavirus cases in the UK
The UK as a whole saw the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increase by 4,324 between March 31 and April 1, according to figures from Public Health England.
The number of cases in the UK reached 29,474, compared to 25,150 as of March 31.
Coronavirus deaths in the UK
The number of deaths across the UK has increased to date between March 31 and April 1, with 563 confirmed virus-related deaths in just 24 hours.
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A total of 2,352 people died in the United Kingdom after being tested positive for the coronavirus, including 2,166 in England.