THE number of recorded coronavirus cases in Reading increased by two between Thursday (August 6) and Friday (August 7), official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 808 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Friday (August 7) in Reading, up from 806 the same time on Thursday.

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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 499 cases per 100,000 people, higher than the England average of 474.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 871 over the period, to 309,005.

​Reading's cases were among the 35,781 recorded across the South East, a figure which rose by 58 over the period.

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

More recent figures which include cases from the weekend will be published soon.