The number of coronavirus patients being cared for in Bristol’s hospitals has dropped to below 100.
Figures released from the Department of Health show there are 97 people in our local hospitals who have tested positive for Covid-19, and 18 battling on ventilators.
This compares to 450 Covid inpatients being treated in Bristol hospitals during the peak of our last wave, in mid-January.
Data released today also shows one more person has died after contracting the virus in North Somerset.
Across all four local authorities in the West of England, a further 79 new infections were confirmed on Friday – similar to yesterday’s 71.
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Bristol’s coronavirus rate per 100,000 people has fallen to 72.9 after 338 cases were reported over a seven day period (between February 21 to 28).
Our rate is slightly below the national average of 81.4.
Breakdown of positive test results
The number of positive test results in each area since the pandemic began is recorded below, with new positive test results in brackets.
Bath and North East Somerset – 8,030 (+five)
Bristol – 29,665 (+40)
North Somerset – 9,713 (+12)
South Gloucestershire – 14,639 (+22)
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Coronavirus infections are falling faster in the South West than any other region in England, the latest figures show.
Our growth rate is now -8 to -5, which means the virus is dropping between eight to five per cent every day in our area.
The virus is falling the slowest in North East and Yorkshire which has a growth rate of -5 to -2 per cent.
Our growth rate is also significantly below the national rate of -5 and -3 per cent.
Meanwhile, the South West’s R rate – reproductive number – is also the joint-lowest in the country.
Our R is now 0.6 to 0.8 – the same as last Friday. It means every ten infected people will spread the virus to between six to eight others.