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The Bristol Briefing: 2,500 pupils in Bristol self-isolating

Infections continue to rise rapidly in Bristol, causing disruption to waste services and schools.

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?10% of Bristol Waste’s front-line workers are self-isolating, with mayor Marvin Rees asking residents for patience as “the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is set to hit Bristol’s bin collections.” With 28 Bristol Waste collection staff self-isolating, garden waste collections have been suspended for 10 weeks to “maintain essential waste and recycling services”.

Ashton Gate Stadium will stop being a mass vaccination centre from 4 August, with existing bookings being moved to a new mass vaccination centre at UWE’s Bristol Frenchay campus. The 2,000-vaccination-a-day site at UWE will make use of the decommissioned Bristol NHS Nightingale Hospital facilities. Existing appointments for Ashton Gate from 4 August will be transferred automatically to the new site for the same dates and times, and everyone affected will be contacted by the National Booking Service.

Walk-in vaccination clinics are popping up across Bristol for first and second doses, though second doses are only available if your first dose was at least 8 weeks ago. You can find upcoming walk-in clinics in Bristol here.

? Bristol’s asymptomatic walk-in testing site at Bristol Harbour, Hanover Quay, has closed due to low uptake, after being open for three weeks. Lateral flow tests are available for pick-up at sites across Bristol or ordered online.

119 schools or early years settings in Bristol have at least 1 case of Covid among children or staff. Currently 2,500 pupils across the city are self-isolating – approximately 5% of students – with 500 testing positive, and 2,000 contacts.

There have been 2,191 new Covid cases in Bristol in the last week, a 77% increase on the previous week.

The rate of Covid in Bristol is 473 per 100,000 people, 72% higher than England’s average of 275 per 100,000. The highest rate in the UK is 936 in South Tyneside.

?1st Covid jabs given in Bristol: 307,070 (+7,495) – 72.3% of adults (+2.5%pts)
?? 2nd Covid jabs given in Bristol: 196,924 (+7,465) – 46.4% of adults (+4%pts)

There are 17 Covid patients being treated across Bristol’s two NHS trusts, as of 4 July, up from 12 last week.

➡️ There have been 0 deaths with Covid in Bristol in the last week (up to 8 July 2021, within 28 days of a positive test).

The Bristol Round-up

⚽ More than 200 people gathered on Gloucester Road to celebrate England’s semi-final win on Wednesday, with a nearby house blaring loud music issued with a £10,000 fine for breaking Covid rules. Supt Mark Runacres, of Avon and Somerset Police, said the music encouraged a situation that posed a risk to the public and football fans leaving pubs and venues at the time.

✂️ A well-known local barber who arrived in the UK as a young child is facing deportation to Jamaica, despite having not been there since 2001 or having strong family connections. Over 35,000 people have signed a petition in support of Anthonell Peccoo, who turned his life around after a spell in prison and set up a barber shop and social enterprise in Stokes Croft called ‘The Second Combing’. 

?️ Upfest – Europe’s biggest street art festival – has been postponed. The festival, scheduled for August, usually sees parts of south Bristol transformed with incredible street art. Organisers have now decided to reschedule the event to take place in May or June next year.

Bristol Bridge will be permanently closed to cars, following a successful 18 month trial. Though the closure attracted resistance from some businesses and drivers, the bridge will only be open to buses, taxis, cyclists, e-scooters and pedestrians as of 17 July. Bristol mayor Marvin Rees said that the closure of Bristol Bridge “is part of our bold vision to deliver clean air and transform travel in the city”.

?️ The controversial redevelopment plan to turn Cumberland Basin into the “Western Harbour” is having a rethink. London-based company Turner Works have been awarded £150k by the council to conduct six months of ‘Bristol-wide conversation’ on the future of the area. The aim is to produce a masterplan for the Western Harbour by 2022. 

Local currency Bristol Pound is ending in September after running for eight years, but a new scheme called Bristol Pay is being developed by the same organisation. Bristol Pay would be a not-for-profit payment platform which would raise money from transaction fees to fund social and environmental projects in Bristol. 

Four men have been jailed for a combined total of more than 90 years for the murder of Andre Gayle outside Easton Community Centre last year. Father-of-six Andre’s “grief-stricken” family read a statement outside Bristol Crown Court: “Nothing will bring back our son, but I hope the sentencing will reflect the severity of this awful crime, and for the sake of our family and Andre’s children, I hope these men will serve a lengthy sentence so that people in Bristol can feel much safer, and our children and grandchildren can grow up in safe communities.”

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