The number of people testing positive for coronavirus across the Bristol area continues to fall, despite a huge increase in the number of people being tested for the virus.
The latest figures for the 24 hours to 4pm today, Sunday, show that a total of 210 people across the area formerly known as Avon had positive test results for Covid-19 registered.
And that’s despite almost 20,000 people taking tests this week as ‘surge testing’ to trace the new Bristol variant took place across large parts of Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
A total of three deaths were recorded in the same 24 hour period, one each in South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset, but none in Bristol. Yesterday, Saturday, the deaths of ten people from coronavirus Covid-19 were recorded in one day.
It’s the first time no deaths in Bristol have been registered in a 24-hour period since December 30.
The number of new cases are falling, but still slowly. Statistics for Sundays are always lower in terms of deaths and new cases recorded in that 24 hour period, but still show a slight decline compared to last Sunday.
In Bristol, the positive test results of 103 people were added to the totals today. That’s down from 126 yesterday – Saturday – and exactly the same number as last Sunday. In South Gloucestershire, the positive test results of 67 people were recorded on Sunday, down slightly from the 71 recorded yesterday, but up from last Sunday’s total of 54.
In both Bristol and South Gloucestershire, there around 20,000 test results are being or have been processed in the past week, as a mass testing programme got underway last weekend.
In North Somerset, a total of 25 people tested positive for covid on Sunday, down from 36 the previous Sunday, but up from 21 yesterday.
And in Bath and north East Somerset, 15 people got positive test results on Sunday, down from 18 last Sunday and 24 yesterday.
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