THE number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in Berkshire has now surpassed 12,000.

Positive test results figures for the county's cases in the past 24 hours is at 209 cases, a total that is down from 331 cases reported on Friday, November 13.

The latest numbers from Public Health Berkshire, sourced from the Office of National Statistics, cover areas including Reading, West Berkshire, Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, Slough, and Windsor and Maidenhead.

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The figures also show the total number of people who have died having tested positive for Covid-19 in Berkshire now stands at 820. There were 13 deaths in the past 24 hours.

The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

  • Reading - 32 cases, 2,333 total
  • West Berkshire - 28 cases, 1,505 total
  • Bracknell Forest - 13 cases, 1,285 total
  • Wokingham - 22 cases, 1,811 total
  • Slough - 85 cases, 3,118 total
  • Windsor and Maidenhead - 29 cases, 2,104 total

The local seven-day rate of infection per 100,000 people is as per below:

  • Reading - 160.1 (Compared to 154.5 on Nov 9)
  • West Berkshire - 128.1 (Compared to 104.8 on Nov 9)
  • Bracknell Forest - 142 (Compared to 102 on Nov 9)
  • Wokingham - 146.1 (Compared to 92.3 on Nov 9)
  • Slough - 353.1 (Compared to 235.4 on Nov 9)
  • Windsor and Maidenhead - 195.5 (Compared to 169.7 on Nov 9)

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There have now been 1,453,256 people across the UK who have tested positive for Covid-19 - as of Thursday, November 19 at 4.13pm.

The latest daily figure for the UK at 22,915 positive cases reported.

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

In today's national coronavirus news:

The Government will provide a combined £300million cash injection to 11 sports hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced.

Major spectator sports have suffered as a result of the continued absence of fans from venues and after pledging its support, the Government has now outlined the scope of the support it will provide.

The support will largely be in the form of loans, DCMS said.

Rugby union will receive the biggest single amount - £135m. Of that, £44m will go to the Rugby Football Union, £59m to Premiership Rugby clubs, £9m to clubs in the Championship and £23m to clubs below the Championship.

Horse racing will receive £40million to support racecourses unable to welcome visitors.

Football's National League at steps one and two - which has already benefited from £10m in National Lottery funding to assist through to the end of 2020 - will receive a further £11m to cover the period between January and the end of March.

Steps three to six of the pyramid will receive £14m, while the Women's Super League and Championship have been awarded £3m.

The Rugby Football League will benefit to the tune of a further £12m, topping up the £16m announced in May to safeguard rugby league's future.

Owners and operators of major motorsports circuits will receive a combined £6m, the Lawn Tennis Association will get £5m and England Netball will receive £2m.

Basketball, ice hockey, badminton and greyhound racing's losses have been covered to the tune of a combined £11m.

The package does not cover men's professional football, despite the well-documented financial difficulties of EFL clubs.