Bristol records more than 200 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours

Bristol has seen another huge number of coronavirus cases confirmed within the last 24 hours, according to Public Health England.

The city has recorded another 222 cases as of 5.30 pm Monday (October 26).

This is actually down on yesterday’s number (Sunday, October 25) which saw the biggest number of new cases ever recorded in a single day with 355 new infections.

Record-breaking numbers have been recorded for the previous three days with 265 new cases reported on Saturday and 255 recorded on Friday which was at the time the highest number of fresh cases.

In comparison, the city was recording around 20 to 30 cases per day in September.

Cases in Bristol have sharply risen since students returned to university last month.

As of today (October 26) the University of Bristol has recorded 1296 positive coronavirus cases within the last 14 days with a total of 36 staff members infected.

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The spread is not limited to university students, though. More than 70 schools in and around Bristol have seen cases since term started in September.

South Gloucestershire had 94 new cases today, an increase on yesterday’s 84. On Saturday the area reported 106 new cases – a record for the region.

Bath & North East Somerset’s (B&NES) total has increased by 47 today and North Somerset’s by 49 – both down from the day before.

It leaves Bristol with a total of 5,296 cases since the pandemic started, South Gloucestershire with 2,238, North Somerset with 1,746 and B&NES with 1,445.

The UK recorded another 20,890 cases and 102 death.

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Public Health England data from yesterday showed Bristol city centre had 1,353 cases in the last seven days.

Infections of coronavirus are spreading faster in the South West than anywhere else in the country, according to the Government’s latest data.

The region’s growth rate, which reflects how quickly the number of infections are changing day by day, was between plus five and plus nine per cent, as of Friday.

The rate for England as a whole was at plus three to plus five per cent.

The South West’s R has remained between 1.3 and 1.6.

This means, on average, every 10 people who contract the virus will go on to infect between 13 and 16 other people. R nationally is between 1.2 and 1.4.

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