AS THE UK nears the end of its tenth week in lockdown, The Chronicle has rounded up some of the latest figures for the area following a week of relaxed restrictions to give you an accurate picture of how things are looking in Reading.

To ease confusion around statistics and what they mean, we have included comparisons and averaged rates, which account for population size differences.

So far, the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has seen 170 Covid-19 related deaths (as of May 19).

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Of the 25 trusts within the southeast region, Royal Berkshire trust has the sixth-highest death toll.

By comparison, Royal Surrey Country Hospital NHS trust has seen 93 deaths, according to latest NHS figures available.

Portsmouth Hospital trust has seen a higher total, with 221 coronavirus-related deaths so far.

The highest figure in the south east region is Frimley Health trust, which has seen 327 deaths, while the lowest, with zero deaths, is Sussex Partnership trust.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death.

When looking at the rate of each area, populations vary enormously in size.

Areas with larger populations will tend to have more cases than those with smaller populations.

To account for the different population sizes, rates are calculated.

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The count for each area is divided by the total population and multiplied by 100,000. Populations are the 2018 Mid-year Estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

Reading's rate is currently at 346.8, while Oxfordshire, with cases totalling 1,981, has a rate of 288.1.

Slough has a total case number of 446 and a rate of 299.1.

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Rates per 100,000 resident population. Darker shades have higher rates. Pic: Gov.UK

The rates are easier to compare than the raw counts, but they do not take into account other factors that may affect the numbers of cases - such as the age of the population or the amount of testing carried out.

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All the deaths data are deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory.

The data does not include deaths of people who had COVID-19 but had not been tested, people who were tested positive only via a non-NHS or Public Health laboratory, or people who had been tested negative and subsequently caught the virus and died.