MORE than 20 people were diagnosed with Covid-19 in Reading yesterday, official figures show.

The number of recorded cases in the town increased by 23 in the last 24 hours, as Public Health England data shows that 1,171 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Wednesday (October 14), up from 1,148 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 now stands at 724 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 989.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 19,724 over the period, to 654,644.

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​Reading's cases were among the 53,456 recorded across the South East, a figure which rose by 1,166 over the period.

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