Bristol Covid cases rise sharply as Omicron variant spreads across the UK

More than 800 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded across the Bristol region today (Monday, December 13) as the Omicron variant takes hold rapidly across the country.

A total of 820 new Covid cases were recorded in the last 24 hours in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, and North Somerset on the day that Sajid Javid announced further restrictions to combat the new variant.

No further deaths were confirmed in the region within 28 days of a positive Covid test, meaning the total number of deaths from Covid in the region stands at 1,346.

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These case numbers represent a very big jump in the Bristol region, which is consistent with the rest of the country where a total of 54,661 were recorded today.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid told MPs today that 20 per cent of cases in England are now of the Omicron variant, and one person has died after testing positive for it. He also confirmed new Covid rules and restrictions around the use of the NHS Covid Pass, self-isolation rules, and measures to protect care homes.

Yesterday in an address to the nation, Boris Johnson announced that all adults would be eligible for a booster jab by the end of the year in an “Omicron Emergency Boost” campaign that will involve the army.

However, the government vaccination program is facing a series of problems, including the NHS booking website collapsing, lateral flow tests becoming unavailable, walk-in centres turning people away, a Tory backbench rebellion over the implementation of the NHS Covid pass.

The total number of cases confirmed in each region around Bristol, with the daily rise in brackets:

  • Bristol – 80,814 (+444)

  • North Somerset: 30,827 (+149)

  • South Gloucestershire – 46,408 (+227)

The total number of deaths recorded in each region:

  • Bristol – 591 (-)

  • North Somerset – 359 (-)

  • South Gloucestershire – 396 (-)

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