ALMOST 200 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Berkshire in the past 24 hours, according to latest figures.

Public Health England has recorded 189 lab-confirmed cases in the past day in areas including Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Slough, and Windsor and Maidenhead.

These figures, correct as of 4pm on Friday, November 6, bring the county's lab-confirmed positive covid-19 tests total to 9,489, according to Public Health England.

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The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

  • Reading - 39 cases, 1852 total
  • West Berkshire - 21 cases, 1195 total
  • Bracknell - 26 cases, 1031 total
  • Wokingham - 31 cases, 1457 total
  • Slough - 43 cases, 2227 total
  • Windsor & Maidenhead - 29 cases, 1727 total

The latest 7-day rate per 100,000 people locally are as follows;

  • Reading - 145.9 per 100,000 people
  • West Berkshire - 90.9 per 100,000 people
  • Bracknell - 96.3 per 100,000 people
  • Wokingham - 90.6 per 100,000 people
  • Slough - 220 per 100,000 people
  • Windsor & Maidenhead - 158.5 per 100,000 people

There have now been 1,146,484 cases of Covid-19 across the UK – an increase of 23,287 on the previous day.

The total number of deaths - those with Covid-19 listed on the death certificate - across the UK has now reached 60,051. There were 355 deaths reported over the past 24 hours.

Locally there were three deaths recorded in the past 24 hours (one in Reading and two in Slough), taking the total deaths across Berkshire to 792.

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In today's national coronavirus news:

The rate of coronavirus infections across England and Wales appears to be slowing down, new data suggests.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said an estimated 618,700 people in England - one in 90 - had Covid-19 between October 25 and 31, up from 568,100 the week before.

But while the infection rate has increased in recent weeks, "the rate of increase is less steep compared with previous weeks", the ONS said.

When looking at new daily infections, the ONS said the rate across England appears to have "stabilised".

There were an average of 45,700 new cases per day of Covid-19 in private homes between October 25 and 31, down from an estimated 51,900 new cases per day for the period from October 17 to 23.

This suggests the rate of new infections "appears to have stabilised in recent weeks at around 50,000 new infections per day", the ONS said.

The figures do not include people staying in hospitals or care homes and are based on more than 689,000 swab tests gathered from across the UK in people with and without symptoms.