City leaders issue warning after increase in Bristol coronavirus cases


Bristol city leaders have issued their first joint warning since lockdowns eased, as cases of Covid start to rise. Christina Gray, Bristol’s director of public health, and Deputy Mayor Asher Craig urged people not to participate in mass gatherings – including protests and group marches.

There have been a number of protests in Bristol throughout August, including one organized by NHS staff, Black Lives Matter and people calling for an end to Serco’s ‘test, track and trace’ .

This Friday, up to 1,000 students plan to descend on College Green to campaign against the recent A-level results.

“We understand that for many people, protests and protests provide a powerful platform to raise awareness about an issue / cause and spark conversation and change,” the statement read.

“However, if there is no vaccine and no cure for the virus, we must work together to mitigate the risk of spread.

“Please encourage others not to gather in droves at this time and to follow the current safety guidelines.

“While we want to reassure people that the overall number of cases in Bristol remains low, we need to be vigilant in our fight against COVID-19.”

Over the past week, 35 new cases have been recorded in Bristol, which is “down from 10” the week before.

And on Sunday, nine new patients were diagnosed with coronavirus, which was the biggest daily increase in about six weeks.

Five more patients were added today (Wednesday, August 17), bringing the city’s total to 1,412.

The statement reads: ‘We have seen a slight but noticeable increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Bristol over the past seven days and would like to remind citizens of current government guidelines to help prevent further cases .

“We have been made aware of several mass rallies that have taken place in Bristol in recent weeks and of plans for future gatherings of over 30 people.

“These have led large groups of people to gather and travel together, thus increasing social interactions.

“In accordance with the government’s COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, it is advisable not to hold large gatherings of more than 30 people, even if participants wear face coverings and attempt to maintain social distancing.

“While the risks of disease transmission during mass gatherings are relatively low, an increase in social contact that occurs when people travel to and from these events, as well as when people meet before, during and afterwards poses an additional risk of spread. .

“This can be particularly problematic when crowds of people use public transport to attend rallies. ”

People should socialize in groups of “up to two households” (including your supportive bubble) indoors and outdoors, or up to six people from different households outdoors.

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Sue Mountstevens, Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset, adds: “We are still in the midst of a global health emergency.

“The last thing we want is a localized epidemic which means we have to go back to the restrictions as other parts of the country lift theirs – we’ve seen how difficult it is for people living and working. in Leicester.

“I know navigating coronavirus regulations and advice can seem frustrating and time-consuming and difficult to do when we are grappling with changing rules and advice.

“However, do not feel downcast, let us continue to observe these measures to ensure the safety of our loved ones and to stop the spread of the virus.

“I support the police approach of using law enforcement only as a last resort. So we must continue to take personal responsibility, exercise caution, act with common sense and ensure that the sacrifices of the past four months are not wasted. ”

For more information on how Bristol is responding to COVID-19 and for tips and advice, click here.


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