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

Public Health England figures show that 817 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Wednesday (August 12) in Reading, up from 812 the same time on Monday.

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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 505 cases per 100,000 people, higher than the England average of 481.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 2,157 over the period, to 313,798.

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Reading's cases were among the 36,083 recorded across the South East, a figure which rose by 131 over the period.

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