A MOTHER from West Berkshire has been left feeling like a 'failure' after her daughter was rejected from school because she couldn't get a coronavirus test.

Moz Bulbeck Reynolds said she has been unable to send her nine-year-old daughter Matilda to school this week because she has been unable to get a test.

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Having stayed at home last Thursday and Friday with cold symptoms, Matilda was refused entry to the school on Monday until she received a test, as per the local council's rules.

Ms Bulbeck Reynolds said she had been unable to book a test despite trying "almost constantly" since 9.30am on Monday through the government's website.

"I feel sorry for my daughter... rejected at the school gate. It made me feel like a failure as a parent," the 45-year-old told the PA news agency.

The school has said Matilda either needs to be tested or quarantined for 10 days.

"I'm personally furious with the school for not telling me she needed a test when she did not have a high temperature," added Ms Bulbeck Reynolds.

"I'm furious with the local council for moving the goalposts without informing the parents, and clearly I'm furious at the Government for their incompetence."

A total of 7,739 deaths were registered in England and Wales in the week ending September 4, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) - 1,443 deaths below the five-year average of 9,182.

The week to September 4 included the late August bank holiday, which meant fewer deaths would have been registered than in a normal working week.

Of those deaths registered during the week, 78 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate - down from 101 in the previous week.

Over 57,500 deaths involving Covid-19 have now been registered in the UK.

Figures published on Tuesday by the ONS show that 52,420 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in England and Wales up to September 4, and had been registered by September 12.

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Figures published last week by the National Records for Scotland showed that 4,231 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to September 6, while 877 deaths had occurred in Northern Ireland up to September 4 (and had been registered up to September 9), according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

Together, these figures mean that so far 57,528 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.