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Nearly 120 Bristol schools hit with covid

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Nearly 120 schools in Bristol are being hit with coronavirus as cases of the Delta variant continue to rise across the region.

The latest data from Public Health England (PHE) shows that a total of 2,676 cases of the variant have now been identified across the Bristol area, which is a 70 per cent rise in the space of a week.

Bristol is continuing to record the highest number of covid cases involving the variant (1,725) in the South West, followed by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (1,100).

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A total of 600 cases of the Delta variant have been confirmed in South Gloucestershire (up from 357) and 351 in North Somerset (up from 185).

The news comes as the latest data from Bristol City Council shows that 119 schools or early year settings had at least one case of coronavirus among children or staff as of July 7 – compared to 95 a week a week earlier, a rise of 25.2 per cent, and 25 schools four weeks earlier.

Earlier this week, Bristol’s director of public health said the number of covid cases confirmed in Bristol is expected to rise above what we have seen in previous waves.

Christina Gray said that Bristol’s infection rate reached about 500 per 100,000 at the second peak but that, by the end of this week, the city will be above 400 per 100,000.

According to the latest government data, Bristol’s infection rate stood at 446.7 per 100,000 in the seven days to July 3 – at the beginning of June it was 43.6 per 100,000, showing the sharp rise in the past month.

The council data also shows people under the age of 30 continue to account for the majority of covid cases in the city.

Those aged under 30 now account for 74 per cent of cases in the city, according to the latest council data, with those in the 20 to 29 age group accounting for 48 per cent of cases while under 20s account for 26 per cent.

Also during that interview, the director of public health revealed more than 2,500 pupils across the city are currently isolating because of coronavirus.

She said said Bristol has just over 50,000 pupils and about one per cent of those (around 500 students) had tested positive for covid at the moment.

Ms Gray said just over four per cent (2,000) of pupils across the city are isolating because they are contacts – taking the overall number of students isolating in Bristol right now to at least 2,500 pupils.

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