The eight positive tests, including five for people living in Bristol, have been added to the Government statistics in the last 24 hours, to 4pm on Sunday, July 26, although the tests themselves may have taken place in the last few days.
For Bristol, the five new cases recorded on Sunday brings the total number of cases to 1,318.
Two new cases in Bath and North East Somerset brings the total there to 347.
There were no new cases in North Somerset, so the total there is still 909.
While the daily average number of new cases remains low, and much lower than in other parts of the country, the numbers of positive tests each day is slightly higher than it has been for the last few weeks.
On Thursday, there were just three new cases – all in Bristol – among the 1.1 million people living in the four local authority areas that make up the West of England.
Yesterday, Bristol Live reported that the average number of new cases had been running at between just three and five a day in the West of England in recent weeks. In the last three days, a total of 22 new cases have been reported.
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There have been no deaths in any of the hospitals in Bristol and Weston-super-Mare that are run by the city’s two hospital trusts since July 10.
How does these case numbers compare with other places?
But the numbers are still relatively small compared to other parts of the country.
In Leicester, which is the subject of a local lockdown, some 40 new cases were found on Friday, while in Bradford, there were 35 new cases among a total of 107 in the whole of Yorkshire.
Yorkshire has a population five times larger than the West of England, but in the past few days has seen around 14 times more new cases of coronavirus each day.
Nationally, there were another 747 new cases of coronavirus recorded in the last 24 hours. That daily new cases figure has remained stubbornly level at between 700 and 800 for around a week now, and shows no signs of falling.
The number of people whose deaths from coronavirus were recorded in the past 24 hours was just 14 – although the way deaths are recorded and registered during the pandemic means there is always a large drop at the weekends which is reflected in Sunday’s and Monday’s daily figure.
What does Bristol’s Director of Public Health say?
On Friday, Bristol Live reported the city’s director of public health warn against complacency among the population about the low case numbers.
Christina Gray said: “The R number (the number of other people each infected person goes on to infect) is a really important number, but you’ve got to understand it in relation to base numbers.
“If you have three cases and those double, you’d have a high R rate. If you have 300 cases and say 50 more, you’d have a lower R rate but more cases.”
She pointed to the “very low numbers and rates” in and around Bristol, but warned against complacency.
Ms Gray added: “A lot of the work we do is around individual cases, or two or three cases in one particular setting.
“There is a national alert system if we’re getting beyond that. What we’re seeing in Leicester [where there has been a local lockdown] is community tramismission.
“That’s when the outbreak is not contained enough in a setting, and it’s spreading widely throughout a community. That’s why Leicester has continued its wider economic lockdown and hasn’t opened for business.”