More than 500 cases of coronavirus in past week in South Gloucestershire
MORE than 500 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in South Gloucestershire in the past week.
The 516 laboratory-confirmed cases reported as of 4pm today represents more than a fifth of the 2,340 total since the start of the pandemic and an increase of more than 70% on the previous week's figures.
The seven-day infection rate of 181 per 100,000 population is below the national average of 217.1. Figures at a local level, which are recorded by the Office for National Statistics and lag five days behind the district-wide total, showed that 21 COVID-19 cases had been confirmed in Thornbury during the week to October 22.
A further 7 had been confirmed in the ONS's Alveston, Olveston and Oldbury area, with 11 new cases in Almondsbury, Pilning and Severn Beach.
In the ONS's Charfield, Wickwar and Iron Acton area, which includes Falfield and Leyhill, 8 new cases had been confirmed during the same week.
By contrast, a month earlier ONS local-level information showed no cases in the same areas over the week to September 18.
However, infection rates in all of these areas are significantly below the Average for England.
The overall infection rate for South Gloucestershire since the start of the pandemic stands at 820.8 per 100,000 people.
The total number of confirmed cases has more than doubled in the past month – on September 23 there had been just 970 confirmed cases in the district since the start of the year.
However as of October 16 there had been no deaths of South Gloucestershire residents from COVID-19 for seven weeks, with the total number of deaths reported with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic remaining at 171.