Two more people die with Covid in Bristol region as ‘Plan B’ restrictions approved

There were nearly 800 new cases of Covid-19 in the Bristol region today (Tuesday, December 14).

A total of 744 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, and North Somerset on the day that Plan B measures were voted through Parliament.

Two Covid deaths were also recorded in the region today, bringing Bristol’s total to 1,348 deaths within 28 days of a positive test since the pandemic began.

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Today has been a blockbuster day on Covid overall, with Parliament approving Plan B Covid restrictions, Bristol running out of PCR tests, and no booster jab appointments available before January.

The wearing of face coverings is now mandatory in most indoor settings, and Parliament also voted to approve the mandatory vaccination of frontline NHS and social care staff, scrapping self-isolation for contacts of people who test positive in favour of daily lateral flow tests, and the implementation of the NHS Covid Pass for large events and nightclubs.

However, Boris Johnson faced an almost unprecedented rebellion from his own MPs against the NHS Covid Pass measure in the House of Commons which have raised serious questions about his future as leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister.

The total number of cases confirmed in each region around Bristol, with the daily rise in brackets:

  • Bristol – 81,200 (+386)

  • North Somerset: 30,977 (+150)

  • South Gloucestershire – 46,843 (+208)

The total number of deaths recorded in each region:

  • Bristol – 591 (-)

  • North Somerset – 360 (+1)

  • South Gloucestershire – 397 (+1)

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