Gloucestershire Covid-19 cases nudge 16,000 as virus continues to spread across the county

Nearly 16,000 people have now tested positive for coronavirus in Gloucestershire as the number of cases continues to grow across the county.

The latest figures show the number of recorded cases rose by 265 on Sunday to make a total of 15,950 people who have tested positive.

Although the number of deaths reported within 28 days of a Covid-19 diagnosis fell from 14 on Saturday to three on Sunday , all but one of the six districts reported a bigger increase in diagnosed cases than they did Saturday.

The Cotswold caseload was slightly less but the statistics echo the national findings where the surge in cases has led to calls for tighter lockdowns to stop the virus spreading any further.

Many fear unless the number of cases is pegged, the NHS will be overwhelmed.

Meanwhile the UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll has increased by 573 – the highest number on a Sunday for seven months.

However officials say daily fluctuations, particularly at weekends, should be treated with caution.

The daily rise is recorded below, with the total figure since the pandemic began in the first brackets.

  • Gloucester : +82 (4,508)
  • Cheltenham: +53 (2,729 )
  • Forest of Dean: +43 (2,121 )
  • Tewkesbury : +40 (2,062 )
  • Stroud : +37 (2,573)
  • Cotswold: +27 (1,855 )

In Gloucestershire three more people in the county lost their lives after testing positive for Covid 19, bringing the total of number of deaths to 702

Sadly there was one death in the Forest of Dean, bringing the total to 76.

One more death in Gloucester made the total 149 and one recorded in Tewkesbury brought the total number of people in the town to lose their lives within 28 days of a test to 93.

Nobody lost their lives in Stroud which has reported 128 deaths, or the Cotswolds where there have been 108 people lose their lives to coronavirus.

In Cheltenham where there have been 148 deaths within 28 days of a Covid-19 diagnosis but nobody else lost their lives during the 24 hour previus reporting window..

The R Rate in the south west is 1.1 an 1.5 which is the higest in the country.

Almost everywhere else is 1.1 to 1.4, except for the East of England which is 1;1 to 1.3.

The UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll has increased by 573 – the highest number on a Sunday for seven months.

It is the highest Sunday increase since May 3, when 358 deaths were recorded and compares badly to the 448 recorded on January 3 and 301 reported on December 27.

England reported 508 fatalities, Scotland had three, Wales recorded 45 and Northern Ireland had 17 to bring Britain’s hospital toll to 573.

Meanwhile community testing will be rolled out to all of the nation’s 317 local authorities to regularly check people without symptoms on Monday.

And health secretary Matt Hancock promised every adult in the UK will be offered a Covid-19 vaccine by the autumn.

He said the country is on course to deliver 2 million vaccines a week and told the BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday: “The good news is that over the last week we’ve vaccinated more people than in the whole of December.”