Bristol coronavirus latest as 21 new cases are reported

Twenty-one new cases of Covid-19 have been reported across the Bristol region, according to the latest daily figures.

Public Health England said today, May 19, that there had been 16 further infections in Bristol, four in South Gloucestershire, and one in North Somerset. There have been no new cases in Bath and North East Somerset.

However, today’s statistics may still have been affected by a change to the way cases are being counted that came into effect yesterday.

Public Health England said this evening: “The introduction of a new system disrupted the removal of cases where a positive rapid lateral flow test (LFD) was followed by all negative laboratory (PCR) tests taken within three days, as reported yesterday. Therefore a further 561 cases have been removed today.

“Regions and local authorities do not show the actual number of new cases reported. UK and England numbers of newly reported cases have been adjusted and correctly reflect new cases reported. This issue will be ongoing over the next few days.”

Broken down by area, the number of cases recorded in the Bristol region since the pandemic began:

  • Bristol: 30,976 (+16)
  • South Gloucestershire: 15,298 (+4)
  • North Somerset: 10,134 (+1)
  • Bath & North East Somerset: 8,292 (no change)

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Hospital cases

There are now just six people in hospital in Bristol with coronavirus. Two of these were admitted on May 7 and 8 to Southmead Hospital, while four more are being cared for at the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston Trust, which run the BRI and Weston General Hospital.

The most recent figures for both trusts are for last Tuesday, May 11, and the UHBW Trust report that two of their four Covid patients are on ventilators.

The national picture

The Government said a further three people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Wednesday, bringing the UK total to 127,694.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have been 152,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The Government also said that, as of 9am on Wednesday, there had been a further 2,696 lab-confirmed cases in the UK,

It brings the total to 4,452,527 after an adjustment in the way case numbers are calculated.

Government data up to May 18 shows that of the 57,855,958 jabs given in the UK so far, 36,985,505 were first doses – a rise of 174,100 on the previous day.

Some 20,870,453 were second doses, an increase of 324,001.

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