Over 1 in 5 people in Bristol had Covid in run up to Christmas as positivity rate hits record high

It comes amid reports that government officials are weighing up the return of the ‘rule of six’

More than one in five people in Bristol who took PCR tests in the run up to Christmas turned out to have Covid, putting the city’s positivity rate at its highest level on record.

The latest UK Covid dashboard figures reveal that 23.6% of people in the city who took a PCR test in the week to December 24 got at least one positive result.

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The city beat its previous record of 22% on December 23 2021 and has the 101st highest rate out of 319 areas in England.

Bristol mirrors the trend across the country where on average 22.4% of people who took a PCR test that week tested positive.

England’s figure is the highest rate since May 1 2020 when comparable records began, surpassing the previous peak of 19.5% on December 22.

While the rate was higher before 1 May, Public Health England has said the figures then were not comparable as mass testing for the general public had not been fully rolled out.

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It comes amid reports government officials are weighing up a return to the ‘rule of six’ in the new year for social mixing, as cases continue to soar across the country.

Increasing rate in England

The positivity rate in England has climbed rapidly since the start of December, when it was at 9.6%.

The rate is used to measure the true scale of infection, as an overall increase in cases could be caused by more tests being carried out.

An increase in testing would also return a proportionately higher number of negative results if the virus was not running rampant in communities. A high positivity rate indicates widespread infection.

The London borough of Barking and Dagenham has the worst rate in the country at 34.1%.

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