Bristol Post

Record number of cases confirmed across Bristol area


BRISTOL recorded its highest number of Covid cases throughout the entire pandemic yesterday as Boris Johnson confirmed mass restrictio­ns would be lifted.

Our city reported 474 cases. During January’s peak, cases did not surpass 448, and in November, daily infections did not climb above 400.

Bristol’s Covid rate per 100,00 people now stands at 534.3, which is the highest figure in the South of England.

It ranks our city as 25th out of a possible 380 local authoritie­s across the UK. The national rate is 318.8, while the South West’s is 246.2.

The 474 new positive tests recorded in Bristol were part of a total of 981 confirmed across the city and its surroundin­g areas over the last 24 hours.

There were 245 new cases in South Gloucester­shire, with 147 in Bath and North East Somerset and 115 in North Somerset.

Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a total of 79,013 positive lab tests returned across the region.

Data also shows that Covid hospital admissions across Bristol are starting to creep up.

A total of 12 Southmead Hospital inpatients were battling the virus as of the latest figures, three of them on ventilator­s.

This compares to six Covid patients at the hospital as of the update from June 27, when just one of those was on a ventilator.

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston, which runs the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Weston General Hospital, has also recorded an increase in Covid admissions. The trust’s hospitals have five coronaviru­s patients, two of those on ventilator­s.

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