Another rise in Covid cases in all four areas across Bristol region

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All four areas across the Bristol region reported a rise in coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day on Friday.

According to the latest figures by Public Health England, a further 11 patients were diagnosed with the deadly virus in Bristol, which now has 1, 537.

In North Somerset seven more were recorded, taking the district’s total up to 968.

While five patients tested positive for the virus in South Gloucestershire, which now has 857.

Bath and North East Somerset reported three more cases, the total there is 420.

UK-wide there were 1,940 new cases were confirmed in a single day, bringing the nation’s total to 342,351.

Covid deaths

Neither of Bristol’s hospital trusts have recorded a new death over the past 24 hours.

Southmead Hospital reported a coronavirus-related death on Tuesday August 25, which was the first in the city for two months.

Nationally, ten further Covid-related deaths were recorded, bringing the UK’s total to 41,537.

R rate

The figures came on the same day it was revealed that the South West’s R rate is the second highest in the country, peaking at 0.8-1.1.

London is the only region with a higher rate, with 0.9-1.1.

If R is below one, it means the virus is shrinking because each carrier passes it, on average, to less than one other person.

And if it is above one, the virus is spreading exponentially because with each stage, it is carried by more people.

But the South West’s numbers are too low for the R or growth rate to inform policy decisions, the Government says.

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