SEDGEMOOR now has the highest Covid-19 infection rate in the whole of England, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.
Young people account for the majority of positive tests in the district and most have been recorded in Bridgwater with cases doubling in the last week.
The rapid spread of the virus is being put down to increased indoor socialising following the latest easing of restrictions.
Contact with people in indoor locations such as some entertainment and hospitality premises and enclosed spaces such as cars are a factor in the high rate.
Bridgwater is also known to have a relatively young population, with more than half of the latests confirmed cases among people aged under 34.
PHE reported that there were 802 positive Covid tests in Sedgemoor in the week to August 16.
That equates to an infection rate of 649.7 per 100,000 of population.
The rate for the previous seven-day period to August 9 was 397.7 per 100,000.
Somerset County Council public health specialist Stewart Brock said the hike in the infection rate has resulted from people socialising “letting their guard down”.
He added: “It’s mainly in the teens and 20s. More than half the cases that we’re recording are in that age group.
“I think it’s just a reflection that people have been getting back to some sort of normality.”