Two Bristol neighbourhoods have coronavirus case rates higher than 200 per 100,000 people.
The Government’s latest Covid cluster map shows Bristol city centre had a rate of 205.8 and Cotham 211.7 in the week to June 11.
Those two areas are the only places in the city with rates of more than 200, putting them in the third most severe category in the new UK cluster map, published on Wednesday (June 16).
But inner-city Bristol and the surrounding suburbs are dominated by neighbourhoods just one category below — those with rates between 100 and 199.
This represents a surge in cases since May 21, when only one Bristol area, St Pauls, had a rate higher than 100.
The area with the highest infection rate in the Bristol region is in North Somerset. The Pill and Easton neighbourhood has a rate of 429.3, putting it in the UK’s second most severe category.
But other than Pill and Easton, neighbourhoods across North Somerset mostly have lower rates of infection than those in the city of Bristol. South Gloucestershire’s rates are also generally lower.
Here is a list of the neighbourhoods with the highest rates in each part of the Bristol region:
City of Bristol
Areas in third most severe category:
- Bristol city centre: 39 cases, rolling rate of 205.8 (per 100,000 people)
- Cotham: 19 cases, rolling rate of 211.7
Areas in fourth most severe category:
- Ashton: 9 cases, rolling rate of 131.5
- Bedminster: 11 cases, rolling rate of 110.6
- Southville: 15 cases, rolling rate of 135.1
- Totterdown: 8 cases, rolling rate of 112.6
- Temple Meads: 10 cases, rolling rate of 103.0
- Hotwells: 8 cases, rolling rate of 107.7
- Clifton Village: 8 cases, rolling rate of 130.0
- Clifton East: 12 cases, rolling rate of 133.1
- St Anne’s: 11 cases, rolling rate of 101.6
- Kingsdown and Stokes Croft: 20 cases, rolling rate of 194.1
- St Pauls: 14 cases, rolling rate of 104.0
- Lower Easton: 11 cases, rolling rate of 124.2
- Redland and St Andrew’s: 20 cases, rolling rate of 187.8
- Bishopston: 17 cases, rolling rate of 133.4
- Horfield: 12 cases, rolling rate of 158.9
- Fishponds South: 7 cases, rolling rate of 109.8
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Areas in fourth most severe category:
- Two Mile Hill: 8 cases, rolling rate of 122.9
- Staple Hill South and Kingswood North West: 13 cases, rolling rate of 130.5
- Kingswood North East: 9 cases, rolling rate of 115.6
- Frenchay and Great Stoke: 21 cases, rolling rate of 131.8
- Bradley Stoke Central: 14 cases, rolling rate of 124.0
Areas in second most severe category:
- Pill and Easton: 27 cases, rolling rate of 429.3
Areas in fourth most severe category (none in third):
- Clevedon South and Yeo: 8 cases, rolling rate of 103.5
What the director of public health says
Bristol’s public health boss Christina Gray said in an update on June 14: “We are currently seeing a sharp increase in infections, both in Bristol and across the country. Bristol’s rate of infection is now 63 cases per 100,000 population. The England rate stands at 64 new cases per 100,000. To see more detailed data please scroll down on the web page.
“In Bristol we’re seeing a high level of Covid-19 cases in our younger age groups and among people who are not vaccinated. Many of the current cases have no symptoms, and rapid testing has been extremely helpful in identifying cases. Regular rapid testing is available to everyone in Bristol. For information visit the local authority website.
“Vaccination is vital in protecting yourself and others, and we encourage everyone to take this up as soon as it is offered.
“As of June 11, there are 158 cases of the B.1617 Delta variant in Bristol. Reports can be found on GOV.UK, and are updated every Friday. This Delta variant is more infectious than previous strains. This combined with unlocking is driving the increase in infections we are now seeing.”
You can explore the Government’s cluster map here.