THE number of recorded coronavirus cases in Reading increased by three over the weekend, official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 773 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Monday (July 13) in Reading, up from 770 the same time on Friday.

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The health body is now including Pillar 2 tests – those carried out by commercial partners – alongside Pillar 1 tests, which are analysed in NHS or PHE laboratories and which made up the first stage of the government's mass testing programme.

The rate of infection in Reading now stands at 474 cases per 100,000 people, higher than the England average of 447.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 2,000 over the period, to 290,133.

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Reading's cases were among the 34,305 recorded across the South East, a figure which rose by 215 over the period.

Cumulative case counts include patients who are currently unwell, have recovered and those that have died.

As of 5pm on Sunday, 44,830 people had died from coronavirus across the UK.