Bristol now has 559 confirmed cases of coronavirus as the number of deaths recorded in UK hospitals exceeds 20,000

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New figures show that Bristol now has 559 confirmed cases of coronavirus after an increase of 16 positive tests in the past 24 hours.

This is lower than yesterday’s increases of 29, but it’s likely the city’s actual figure is much higher, perhaps by the thousands, as the government has only tested the most severe patients.

In south Gloucestershire, only one more person has tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the district total to 312, according to government figures released today (Saturday 25 April).

In Bath and northeast Somerset, six more positive Covid-19 tests were returned, bringing the total to 198.



Interior Minister Priti Patel at a press briefing in Downing Street, London, on the coronavirus

North Somerset now has 200 cases after an increase of 10.

The total number of laboratory-confirmed cases in the UK reached 148,377 while the number of deaths recorded in hospitals exceeded 20,000, with a total of 20,319 marking a daily increase of 813.

Nearly six weeks, chief scientific advisor, Sir Patrick Vallance said that keeping the toll below 20,000 would be “a good result in terms of destination.”

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Interior Minister Priti Patel said today (April 25) that it would be “irresponsible” to raise people’s hopes because it is still a dangerous time for the country.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock previously announced a dramatic extension of the criteria for screening for coronavirus.

The government hopes to test 100,000 a day by the end of the month.

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