The latest figures released by the government show that there have been over 25,000 positive coronavirus cases in Gloucestershire.
The county hit the 25,000 milestone on Thursday, April 29, 2021 – and after 11 cases confirmed on Friday, April 30 and two positive cases confirmed yesterday (May 1, 2021) – the total now stands at 22,513.
Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Forest of Dean and the Cotswold area recorded no positive cases yesterday.
Cheltenham and Stroud however, saw one positive case recorded each.
Broken down by area, the number of cases recorded, since the pandemic begun across the six districts in the county are as follows:
- Gloucester – 6,392
- Cheltenham – 3,760
- Tewkesbury – 2,926
- Stroud – 3,766
- Forest of Dean – 3,095
- Cotswolds – 2,574
In South Gloucestershire there have been 15,229 recorded positive cases.
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So far nationally there have been over 40 million doses of the vaccination given.
Gov.uk shows that there have been 28,895,159 first doses given, and a further 12,835,358 of the second dose supplied.
To date there has been 151,243 deaths recorded in the United Kingdom with Covid-19 on the death certificate. Of these, 127,538 were within 28 days of a positive test.
In Gloucestershire there have been 1,138 deaths recorded with Covid on the death certificate. Of these, 952 were within 28 days of a positive test.
However, the county has now gone over a fortnight without a recorded death related to the virus.
Figures show that there have been no Covid-related deaths in Gloucestershire since Saturday, April 17.
In South Gloucestershire there have been 416 deaths recorded with coronavirus on the death certificate. Of these, 355 of these were within 28 days of a positive test.
South Gloucestershire has seen no coronavirus related deaths since April 3, 2021.
Transmission rates in South West highest in country
Despite the lack of coronavirus related deaths in Gloucestershire over the past two weeks, we must still be extra vigilant and follow Government guidance to reduce risk of transmission.
This comes after it was revealed that the South West’s R rate range is now the highest in the UK as infections are growing faster in our region than anywhere else.
Figures released yesterday (April 30) show our transmission rate is now 0.8 to 1.2 – up from last week’s 0.7 and 1.1.
It means that on average every 10 people with Covid will infect between 8 and 12 others.
The national rate has also increased and now stands at 0.8 to 1.1.
Both the East of England and London regions’ R remained at 0.8 to 1.1.
The South West’s growth rate has also increased this week and now stands at -4 to 1 per cent – this compares to -6 and 0 per cent last Friday.
This means the virus is now shrinking between four per cent to growing by one per cent per day.
The national growth rate shows the virus is still shrinking across England, as it is below one: -4 to -1 per cent.
This estimate is provided by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC).
Sage has said that R estimates now span 1 for England and some NHS England regions.
But it added these estimates do not necessarily mean R is definitively above 1 and that the epidemic is increasing, just that the uncertainty means it cannot be ruled out.