NO more cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Reading over the last 48 hours, official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 864 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Wednesday (September 2) in Reading, in line with the same time on Tuesday.

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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 stands at 534 cases per 100,000 people, higher than the England average of 520.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 1,508 over the period, to 338,676.

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Reading's cases were among the 38,030 recorded across the South East, a figure which rose by 103 over the period.

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