There have been eight more coronavirus-related deaths recorded in Bristol and its neighbouring areas today (Saturday) according to official figures.
The Department of Health’s latest data shows two deaths occurred in Bath and North East Somerset.
Bristol confirmed four deaths today (February 20), while two more people died in North Somerset.
The latest data also shows 149 new infections have been recorded across the West of England.
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Bristol reported the biggest jump of 76. Our city’s Covid rate per 100,000 cases now stands at 140.1 – slightly above the national England average of 131.1.
South Gloucestershire confirmed the second-highest rise of 45 and a rate of 132.9.
The NHS England data shows a total of 2,459,017 jabs were given to people in the South West between December 8 and February 19, including 2,370,975 first doses and 88,042 second doses.
The breakdown of new cases:
The daily rise in cases for each part of the region is recorded below, with the total figure during the pandemic in brackets:
Bath and North East Somerset: +11 (7,891)
Bristol: +76 (29,040)
North Somerset: +17 (9,511)
South Gloucestershire: +45 (14,325)
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The number of new infections could be shrinking by up to seven per cent in the South West, the latest government data shows.
Scientists said the virus reproduction value – known as R – was estimated to be between 0.6 and 0.9 in our region, which is lower than England’s which is 0.7 to 0.9.
It is the first time since May 2020 that the R rate has been as low as 0.6 anywhere.
The R rate means on average in the South West every 10 people who have contracted the virus will only spread it to between six and nine people.