CENTRAL Newbury is the area of West Berkshire which recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases last week.

Public Health England has broken down the data to show the number of confirmed cases recorded in local neighbourhoods, which are known as Middle Super Output Areas (MSOAs).

The latest figures show 184 people tested positive for the virus in West Berkshire between November 5 and November 12. That’s 25 more than in the previous week.

Over that seven-day period, Newbury Central recorded 20 confirmed cases of the virus.

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There were 17 cases in Kintbury and Boxford, 14 in Thatcham North East and 12 in Calcot North and Little Heath.

Mortimer and Aldermaston also recorded 12 cases and 11 people tested positive in Calcot South.

In Purley, there were 10 cases and Westwood and Newbury Clay Hill both recorded nine.

Confirmed cases in other areas of West Berkshire:

Newbury South West – 9

Chieveley, East Ilsley and Compton – 9

Hungerford – 8

Newbury Wash Common – 7

Streatley and Pangbourne – 7

Thatcham South East and Bradfield – 6

Theale and Beenham – 6

Burghfield Common – 5

Lamboum and Great Shetford – 5

Newbury North West – 4

Thatcham Town – 4

Hermitage and Cold Ash – 0

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West Berkshire has recorded 1,459 confirmed cases during the pandemic and 137 people have died in the district after contracting the virus.

Cllr Lynne Doherty, leader of West Berkshire Council, said the district is expected to return to Tier 1 restrictions after the four-week national lockdown, unless there is a significant rise in cases and hospital admissions.

“I’m hopeful that when we come out of this, we’ll be able to return to the medium alert level, which means people can see their families,” she added.