A further 11 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Bristol and its neighbouring areas.
The Department of Health’s latest data shows fours deaths occurred in South Gloucestershire, and another four in Bath and North East Somerset.
Bristol confirmed two deaths today (February 19), while one more person died in North Somerset. The latest data also shows 160 new infections have been recorded across the West of England.
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Bristol reported the biggest jump of 83. Our city’s Covid rate per 100,000 cases now stands at 151.3 – slightly above the national average of 133.4.
South Gloucestershire confirmed the second-highest rise of 43 and a rate of 139.3.
A total of 14,718,938 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and February 18, according to provisional NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 400,823 on the previous day’s figures.
Of this number, 14,214,176 were the first dose of a vaccine, a rise of 396,262 on the previous day, while 504,762 were a second dose, an increase of 4,561.
The breakdown of new cases:
The daily rise in cases for each part of the region is recorded below, with the total figure during the pandemic in brackets:
Bath and North East Somerset: +13 (7,880)
Bristol: +83 (28,964)
North Somerset: +21 (9,494)
South Gloucestershire: +43 (14, 280)
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The number of new infections could be shrinking by up to seven per cent in the South West, the latest government data shows.
Scientists said the virus reproduction value – known as R – was estimated to be between 0.6 and 0.9 in our region, which is lower than England’s which is 0.7 to 0.9.
It is the first time since May 2020 that the R rate has been as low as 0.6 anywhere.
The R rate means on average in the South West every 10 people who have contracted the virus will only spread it to between six and nine people.