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Author Topic: Coronavirus in Berkshire round up - Tuesday, January 19  (Read 138 times)
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« on: January 19, 2021, 07:13:28 PM »

MORE than 600 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Berkshire in the last 24 hours.

Public Health England has recorded 616 lab-confirmed cases in areas including Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead.

These figures, correct as of Tuesday, January 19 at 4.35pm, bring the county's lab-confirmed positive Covid-19 tests total to 43,273, according to Public Health England.

The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

Reading - 201 cases, 7,203 total

Wokingham - 131 cases, 6,016 total

Slough - 264 cases, 10,092 total

West Berkshire - 92 cases, 4,305 total

Bracknell - 51 cases, 5,106 total

Windsor and Maidenhead - 120 cases, 6,165 total

There have now been 3,164,051 people across the UK who have tested positive for Covid-19.

The total number of deaths - those with Covid-19 listed on their death certificate - across the UK has now reached 89,243.

The latest seven-day rate per 100,000 people locally are as follows:

Reading - 712.1

West Berkshire - 320.6

Bracknell - 439.8

Wokingham - 379.3

Slough - 1,044.5

Windsor and Maidenhead - 446.4

In today's national coronavirus news:

An estimated one in eight people in England would have tested positive for antibodies to Covid-19 by December last year, up from one in 14 in October, new figures show.

Antibody data on infection in private households suggests that one in 10 in Wales had also been infected by December, alongside one in 13 in Northern Ireland and one in 11 in Scotland.

The figures come from the Office for National Statistic's Covid-19 Infection Survey in partnership with the University of Oxford, University of Manchester, Public Health England and Wellcome Trust.

They are based on the proportion of the population who are likely to have tested positive for antibodies to Covid-19, based on blood test results from a sample of people aged 16 and over, but do not reflect all the people who have had coronavirus and do not take account of antibodies waning over time.

The ONS found "substantial variation" between regions in England, with 17% of people in private households in Yorkshire and the Humber estimated to have tested positive for antibodies in December, compared with 5% in south-west England.

In London, the figure was 16 per cent in December, up from 11% in October, while it was 15% in the North West, up from 6% in October.

In the West Midlands, 14 per cent have had Covid, up from 8% in October, while 8% in the South East and the East of England have had the virus, both up from 5 per cent in October.

The study came as Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed he is self-isolating after receiving an alert through the NHS Covid-19 app.

In a video posted on Twitter, he said: "Last night I was pinged by the NHS coronavirus app, so that means I'll be self-isolating at home, not leaving the house at all until Sunday."

Mr Hancock, who has previously had coronavirus, said self-isolating is important because it is "how we break the chains of transmission".

Meanwhile, some family doctors continue to express their frustration about the rollout of vaccines across the UK.

The latest figures showed 4,133,720 people in England, Scotland and Wales have received a first dose of vaccine.

With more than half of the over-80s and half of elderly care home residents having received the jab, ministers have now given the go-ahead to begin vaccinating the next priority groups - the over-70s and the clinically extremely vulnerable.
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