MORE than 140 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Berkshire in the past 24 hours, according to latest figures.

Public Health England has recorded 150 lab-confirmed cases in the past 24 hours in areas including Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead.

These figures, correct as of 5.30pm on Wednesday, November 18, bring the county's lab-confirmed positive Covid-19 tests total to 11,947 according to Public Health England.

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The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

Reading - 27 cases, 2,301 total

West Berkshire - 18 cases, 1,477 total

Bracknell - 10 cases, 1,272 total

Wokingham - 19 cases, 1,789 total

Slough - 56 cases, 3,033 total

Windsor & Maidenhead - 20 cases, 2,075 total

The country is about half way through the second lockdown now, as figures are continuing to rise.

The local seven-day rate of infection is as follows:

Reading - 153.9

West Berkshire - 127.5

Bracknell Forest - 127.3

Wokingham - 151.9

Slough - 360.4

Windsor and Maidenhead - 196.1

There have now been 1,430,341 cases of Covid-19 across the UK – as of Wednesday, November 18 at 5.30pm.

The total number of deaths - those with Covid-19 listed on the death certificate - across the UK has now reached 63,873.

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In today's national coronavirus news:

Downing Street played down fears of a Whitehall coronavirus cluster after Baroness Harding and NHS England’s Steve Powis were forced into self-isolation.

Boris Johnson is already self-isolating and took part in Prime Minister Questions remotely.

A No 10 spokesman said: “I would say that it points to the system working and where people are around those who receive a positive test or if the app determines that you need to self-isolate, people are being asked to self-isolate.

“The whole point of that is to reduce the spread of the virus and to help protect the NHS.

“I would say that’s proof that the system works.”