Over 1,800 covid cases recorded in the region in 24 hours

More than 1,800 people across the region have tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

A total of 1,877 cases have been confirmed in the past day according to the latest figures from the government. On average that works out at just over 75 new cases every hour.

That is a decrease of 18.9 per cent in the space of 24 hours, with 2,317 cases being recorded the previous day.

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This comes after a 2,833 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the Bristol region on New Year’s Day, when four coronavirus-related deaths were also recorded in the region.

No deaths linked to coronavirus have been recorded in the region in the past 24 hours.

In Bristol, 770 cases have been confirmed in the past day, the biggest rise in the region, followed by South Gloucestershire (506).

The news comes as the UK’s Covid rate has soared above the rest of the world – with the country facing “crucial days” to see if hospitalisations surge.

The number of people admitted with the virus has climbed in the past week, and staff absences across the NHS have stretched services to breaking point.

Face masks are also returning to classrooms as the highly contagious Omicron variant continues to spread across the country.

The total number of cases confirmed in each region around Bristol since the pandemic began, with the daily rise in brackets, are as follows:

City of Bristol: 99,223 (+770)

North Somerset: 36,873 (+268)

South Gloucestershire: 55,771 (+506)

Bath and North East Somerset: 35,770 (+333)

Total daily increase: 1,877

The total number of deaths (within 28 days of a positive Covid test) recorded in each region are as follows:

City of Bristol: 606 (-)

North Somerset: 365 (-)

South Gloucestershire: 409 (-)

Bath and North East Somerset: 265 (-)

Total daily increase: (-)

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