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

23 July 2021: 581 per 100,000 people
20 July 2021: 859 per 100,000 people
16 July 2021: 845 per 100,000 people
13 July 2021: 624 per 100,000 people

Comparison with England and other local authorities for current week

England: 401 cases per 100,000 people

Neighbouring local authorities

Bath and North East Somerset: 440 cases per 100,000 people
North Somerset: 410 cases per 100,000 people
South Gloucestershire: 631 cases per 100,000 people
Somerset: 264 cases per 100,000 people

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

Redcar and Cleveland: 964
Middlesbrough: 940
Stockton-on-Tees: 831
Hartlepool: 711
North East Lincolnshire: 725

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bristol in past 7 days

23 July 2021: 2690
20 July 2021: 3982
16 July 2021: 3916
13 July 2021: 2891

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 96 people in local hospitals who have tested positive for COVID-19 as of 28 July
  • schools: no data due to school holidays
  • workplaces: 24 workplaces are managing cases of COVID-19 as of 28 July
  • care homes: 7% of care homes in Bristol had COVID-19 outbreaks or clusters as of 28 July

Age profile of cases in past 7 days

Under 20: 26%
20 to 29: 29%
30 to 59: 39%
Over 60: 5%

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 

44,725 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 risen sharply again to an average of more than 500 per day by mid July. Since then, the average daily new case numbers have fallen but it is too early to tell whether this decline will continue.

Growth rate of infections for the South West

23 July 2021: 6% to 8%
16 July 2021: 4% to 8%
9 July 2021: 5% to 8%

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

23 July 2021: 1.3 to 1.5
16 July 2021: 1.2 to 1.5
9 July 2021: 1.3 to 1.6

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.


318,722 people in Bristol have had 1 or more doses of a vaccine, which is 73% of the population.

Deaths from COVID-19 in Bristol

630 people in Bristol have died from COVID-19 since March 2020. This accounts for 13% 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.

Community tests taken in Bristol

Past 7 days: 13,911, 13.7% positive
Past 30 days: 82,440
Since March 2020: 636,096

Community tests are tests that were not carried out in a hospital, such as those taken at a local testing site, a mobile testing unit or at home.

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