MORE than 200 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours in Berkshire.

The figure for the county's cases in the past day is at 239 cases, a total that is down from 331 reported cases on Friday.

Reports from Public Health England show 239 lab-confirmed cases were recorded on Sunday, November 15 in areas including Reading, West Berkshire, Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead.

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These figures bring the county's lab-confirmed positive Covid-19 tests total to 11,614, an increase of 816 cases in the county since the start of the weekend.

The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

  • Reading - 31 cases, 2,169 total
  • West Berkshire - 40 cases. 1,469 total
  • Bracknell Forest - 30 cases, 1,235 total
  • Wokingham - 33 cases, 1,790 total
  • Slough - 76 cases, 2,868 total
  • Windsor and Maidenhead - 29 cases, 2,083 total

We are about half way through lockdown 2.0 now as figures are continuing to rise. The local seven-day rate of infection is as per below:

  • Reading - 123.1
  • West Berkshire - 144.6
  • Bracknell Forest - 124
  • Wokingham - 146.7
  • Slough - 294.9
  • Windsor and Maidenhead - 165.8

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There have now been 1,369,318 people across the UK who have tested positive for Covid-19 - as of Sunday, November 15 at 4.09pm.

The total number of deaths - those with Covid-19 listed on their death certificate - across the UK has now reached 61,648.

In today's national coronavirus news:

A "tremendously exciting" US coronavirus vaccine that may offer very high levels of protection against Covid-19 could arrive in the UK as early as next spring, the Government has said.

British scientists have hailed the news that US firm Moderna's jab may be 94.5% effective against the illness.

Interim data suggests the jab is highly effective in preventing people getting ill and may work across all age groups, including the elderly.

The UK has already secured 40 million doses of a vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech, which uses the same technology as Moderna and should be in the UK before Christmas.

But it did not place orders with Moderna at the same time.

A Government spokesman said: "The news from Moderna appears to be good and represents another significant step towards finding an effective Covid-19 vaccine.

"As part of the ongoing work of the Vaccines Taskforce, the Government is in advanced discussions with Moderna to ensure UK access to their vaccine as part of the wider UK portfolio.

"Moderna are currently scaling up their European supply chain which means these doses would become available in spring 2021 in the UK at the earliest."