Bristol coronavirus cases as one area records rate above England average

, Bristol coronavirus cases as one area records rate above England average

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in Bristol in the last 24 hours is 17, according to Public Health England.

The figure is up on yesterday’s 11, and Thursday’s nine, but it’s relatively low and stable.

Eight new cases were reported in South Gloucestershire in the past 24 hours, and seven new cases in North Somerset.

No new deaths were recorded – the last person to die within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test in Bristol was at the beginning of May.

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The latest weekly infection rate for Bristol shows the picture of the virus spread in the seven days up to May 17 – last Monday. Bristol’s case rate per 100,000 people is 15.5, which is slightly below the national average of 20.5.

North Somerset’s case rate is just 5.1 cases per 100,000, well below the national average, while the case rate in South Gloucestershire is 8.8.

The Department of Health’s figures shows that, in the seven days to last Monday, 72 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Bristol, and 20 of them live in St Paul’s.

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New case numbers have been fewer than three a week until recently, but the last readings show an uptick in fresh infections.

In the first week of May, just two new positive cases of Covid-19 were recorded in St Paul’s, but last week, the numbers of people testing positive for the virus jumped – putting St Paul’s ‘case rate’ at 148.5, which is well above the national average.

Although that remains lower than areas of localised outbreaks like Blackburn, Bolton and Bedford, health bosses in Bristol will be monitoring the numbers in St Paul’s after such a marked increase.

The breakdown of cases in localised areas of the city are always five days behind the daily total for the whole of Bristol.

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