COVID-19 data: including cases in Bristol and R number for the South West

COVID-19 data: including cases in Bristol and R number for the South West

Rate and number of coronavirus cases, number of community tests, the growth rate of infections, number of deaths, R number for the South West and how many people have been vaccinated in Bristol.

We aim to publish COVID-19 Bristol statistics twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays. This may be delayed until the following day, depending on when data is made available. 

These numbers change daily but were accurate when published on the date stated.

You can also read the latest report from the Director of Public Health (pdf, 131KB) (opens new window) .

Rate of COVID-19 cases in Bristol in past 7 days

12 October 2021: 271 per 100,000 people
8 October 2021: 155 per 100,000 people
5 October 2021: 149 per 100,000 people
1 October 2021: 187 per 100,000 people

Comparison with England and other local authorities for current week

England: 410 cases per 100,000 people

Neighbouring local authorities

Bath and North East Somerset: 544 cases per 100,000 people
North Somerset: 311 cases per 100,000 people
South Gloucestershire: 264 cases per 100,000 people
Somerset: 509 cases per 100,000 people

Local authorities in England with the highest rates of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people

Trafford: 750
Peterborough: 682
Cheshire East: 669
Northamptonshire: 658
Halton: 651

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bristol in past 7 days

12 October 2021: 1,263
8 October 2021: 724
5 October 2021: 692
1 October 2021: 869

Confirmed cases are the number of individuals with a positive test result for COVID-19 who have not had one previously.

Current cases in:

  • hospitals: there are 92 people in local hospitals who have tested positive for COVID-19 as of 15 October
  • schools: 2 schools or early year settings have reported outbreaks of COVID-19 among children or staff, in line with the new guidance from the Department for Education, as of 13 October
  • workplaces: 0 workplaces are managing cases of COVID-19 as of 13 October
  • care homes: 5% of care homes in Bristol had COVID-19 outbreaks or clusters as of 13 October

Age profile of cases in past 7 days

Under 20: 39%
20 to 29: 10%
30 to 59: 40%
Over 60: 11%

COVID-19 cases in your area

You can look up the weekly cases in your area by postcode on GOV.UK.

Total COVID-19 cases in Bristol 

61,708 cases since March 2020.

Graph showing the trend daily number of new covid-19 cases in Bristol.  7 day moving average of cases is also shown.  The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased sharply from September, peaking in November and then falling until mid December before rising sharply again, peaking in early January with an average of 336 cases per day. Case numbers then fell dramatically to early March, and declined more gradually to early May.  Since early May case numbers have started rising again peaking in mid-July with an average of 590 cases per day. Daily case numbers started to fall from 19th July onwards, levelling off since late July at between 250 and 290 average daily new cases.  Case numbers fell again during September to around 100 to 200 cases per day, with some fluctuations week to week.

Growth rate of infections for the South West

15 October 2021: -1% to 2%
8 October 2021: -1% to 3%
1 October 2021: -3% to -1%
24 September 2021: -5% to -1%

Growth rate is an estimate of the change in the number of new cases of COVID-19 from one day to the next, expressed in terms of a percentage change. For example, a growth rate of 2% suggests that 100 cases one day would mean 102 cases the next day.

R number for the South West

15 October 2021: 0.9 to 1.1
8 October 2021: 0.9 to 1.2
1 October 2021: 0.8 to 1.1
24 September 2021: 0.7 to 0.9

The R number is an estimate of the average number of people that one infected person will pass the virus on to. If the R number is 1, that means on average every person infected with COVID-19 will go on to infect 1 more person. If the R number is greater than 1 the epidemic is growing. If the R number is less than 1, the epidemic is shrinking.

We show the R number for the South West because estimates of the R number at a local authority level are not reliable, due to the relatively small number of cases and deaths at this geographical level. A large number of cases is needed to calculate a reliable estimate of R. If the number of cases and deaths is small, the margin of error will be too big, making the figure inaccurate.


335,816 people in Bristol have had 1 or more doses of a vaccine, which is 77% of the population.

From Monday 4 October 2021, we are using an improved data source for daily vaccination totals and coverage, in line with the government’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Deaths from COVID-19 in Bristol

667 people in Bristol have died from COVID-19 since March 2020. This accounts for 12% of all deaths in that time.

Graph showing the trend in weekly deaths in Bristol by week of registration, split by Covid19 deaths and all other deaths.  Graph shows three waves of deaths - April / May 2020, November / December 2020 and January / February 2021.  In each of these waves the COVID-19 deaths pushed the number of deaths in Bristol over the 5 year average. Outside of these periods there have been a small number of COVID-19 deaths in most weeks since late March 2020.

PCR tests taken in Bristol

Past 7 days: 20,893, 3.3% positive
Past 30 days: 86,007
Since March 2020: 1,042,248

Other sources of data

Number of lab-confirmed cases (on Open Data Bristol).

Government COVID-19 data.

Previous reports from the Director of Public Health