As restrictions have been completely scrapped across the UK, the inevitable rise in Covid cases is being seen across the country. That is no different in Bristol, where cases are falling in just one area.
In the City of Bristol as a whole, there has been a total of 5,246 new cases over the past seven days, and government charts show that case numbers are approaching where they were during the Omicron wave in mid-January.
In good news, there are currently only three people on ventilators in hospital in the Bristol region and a total of 118 people are being treated in hospital with Covid. In sad news, however, one person passed away in the last week within 28 days of a positive test.
Covid cases are rising everywhere in Bristol, apart from just one area. The government provides an interactive heat map showing the case rate per 100,000 people in that area, and although much of the city centre is seeing a rate of between 400 and 799 cases per 100,000 people, areas on the outskirts are showing far more.
The areas in that category (the light purple on the map below) are Stoke Bishop (795 cases per 100k people), Kingsdown & Stokes Croft (791.3 cases per 100k), City Centre (682.9 cases per 100k), Temple Meads (774.2 cases per 100k), Barton Hill (405.9 cases per 100k), Knowle West (751.1 cases per 100k), Hartcliffe (695.9 cases per 100k), Withywood (663.5 cases per 100k), Staple Hill North (786 cases per 100k), and Keynsham East (699.1 cases per 100k).
Four Bristol areas are in the black zone on the map below, which means that there are more than 1,600 cases per 100k people. There are also a few other areas in the southwest that fall into that category.
The first area with more than 1,600 cases is Henleaze, which has seen a 50 per cent increase in new cases over the week ending March 17 with a case rate of 1,718.9 per 100,000 people. The second area is Ashton, which includes the area south and east of Ashton Gate, as well as the Ashton Vale area. The case rate in that region of Bristol is 1,658.1 per 100,000 people.
Portishead South is also struggling with its case rate, with 1,977.5 cases per 100k people, as is Nailsea South, with 1738.2 cases per 100,00 people.
However, there is good news for residents of Upper Easton where case numbers have fallen by 17.6 per cent in the seven days to March 17. The case rate in Upper Easton is lower than anywhere else in Bristol, with 385.3 cases per 100,000 people.
The areas that have not been named above are seeing case rates ranging between 400 and 799 Covid cases per 100,00 (the dark purple colour on the map above). In almost all areas, case numbers have risen week on week, but a couple are seeing case rates that have fallen slightly over the past week.
Earlier this week, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said that there is “no particular cause for concern” about the UK’s rising number of Covid cases, saying that the UK was demonstrating that it is possible to live with Covid. He added that the “wall of defence” from Covid vaccines was keeping the situation stable.
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