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One in 23 people in Bristol had covid in the past week

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One in 23 people in Bristol are estimated to have had covid in the last week, according to the latest data from the council.

Bristol City Council said this means 4.4 per cent of people in the city had coronavirus in the last seven days. The data also covers Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset, with the weekly average being higher than the national average of 2.4 per cent (1 in 41).

In South Gloucestershire, 1 in 20 people are estimated to have the virus while the South West average is 1 in 35. The data also shows that, for people in Bristol over 16 years old, 61 per cent have now had a booster or third dose, while 76 per cent have had a second dose.

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The council also wrote on its weekly report that the number of people in the local hospitals with covid has decreased, adding that 58 people are currently in hospital with the virus and that the number of people who are in intensive care or on oxygen has also decreased. There are two patients in ICU with the virus at the moment.

A total of 19 people have died with the virus in Bristol in the last four weeks, which is 6.7 per cent of all deaths in the period. In her latest report, the Director of Public Health Christina Gray said: “Vaccination against COVID-19 is the best way to protect against serious illness from the virus.

“The data shows that COVID-19 has not gone away; approximately 1 in 23 people in Bristol have had COVID-19 in the past week. It’s never too late to get your vaccine, whether it’s your first, second, booster or spring booster dose.

“If you’re visiting friends and family who are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, please consider taking a lateral flow(rapid) test before visiting and meeting outdoors if possible. Tests can be bought from pharmacies.

“It’s Mental Health Awareness week, and this year’s theme is loneliness. COVID-19 has affected people indifferent ways, not only from physical illness of catching the virus, but also the emotional impact of loneliness and isolation.

“There is a stigma around loneliness that prevents people from admitting how they feel, but by talking about it and recognising that loneliness is a normal part of life, we can play a part in reducing it.”

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