Covid cases in Bristol’s worst-hit areas five times higher than a year ago

There are currently 14 areas of Bristol that have seen at least 25 new Covid cases in the last week, according to government figures.

The latest figures have revealed that the peak of cases in the city is five times higher than a year ago.

Public Health England publishes a weekly update outlining the number of new cases reported in each seven-day period for every area of the country, as well as an interactive heatmap showing the most affected areas.

The rolling data reports the new cases being confirmed in any seven-day period, with the data published on yesterday (Thursday, September 30) covering the period up to September 25.

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The figures for the intervening five days are not included as they are incomplete and likely to be altered.

Stoke Bishop is currently the hardest hit area of Bristol, having seen 43 new Covid cases in the last seven days.

Southville has seen 41 new infections, with Southmead with 40.

The other areas to have seen at least 25 cases in the last week include Knowle, Lockleaze, Stockwood and Westbury-on-Trym.

The areas to have seen 25 or more new Covid cases in the last seven days are as follows:

  • Bishopston – 29
  • Knowle – 30
  • Knowle Park – 34
  • Knowle West – 29
  • Lockleaze – 29
  • Redland & St Andrew’s – 37
  • Shirehampton & Avonmouth – 27
  • Southmead – 40
  • Southville – 41
  • St Annes – 30
  • Stockwood – 34
  • Stoke Bishop – 43
  • Westbury on Trym – 25
  • Westbury Park – 28

A year ago, in the seven days up to September 26, 2020, no area of Bristol had more than eight Covid cases in a week – meaning cases in the hardest-hit area of the city have jumped over five-fold in a year.

Bishopston was the area to reach that number then, with Horfield and Bristol City Centre the only two to see seven infections in that week.

The number of weekly cases the current hardest-hit areas of Bristol had exactly a year ago are as follows:

  • Bishopston – 8
  • Knowle – 3
  • Knowle Park – less than 3
  • Knowle West – less than 3
  • Lockleaze – less than 3
  • Redland & St Andrew’s – 3
  • Shirehampton & Avonmouth – 6
  • Southmead – less than 3
  • Southville – less than 3
  • St Annes – less than 3
  • Stockwood – less than 3
  • Stoke Bishop – 3
  • Westbury on Trym – less than 3
  • Westbury Park – 4

Where is the data coming from?

The map showing the current level of Covid cases across Bristol
The map showing the current level of Covid cases across Bristol
(Image: Public Health England)

You can see the latest national data on the online Covid cluster map.

The map uses data from Public Health England’s “second generation surveillance system”.

The map highlights which areas of the nation have three or more confirmed cases of the virus and colour co-coordinates the areas by how many cases they have.

The map is divided into sections – officially known as ‘Middle Super Output Areas’ – and each section is coloured a different shade depending on how many positive Covid test results have been recorded in that area.

The darker the colour on the image, the more positive test results have been recorded.

Data for the most recent five days has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

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