Newbury Central and Greenham is the area of West Berkshire that 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 165 people tested positive for the virus in West Berkshire between February 5 and February 12. That means there were 93 fewer cases than in the previous week.

In Newbury Central and Greenham 17 people tested positive for Covid-19.

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There were 14 confirmed cases in Newbury North West, 11 in Newbury South West and 10 in Theale and Beenham.

Newbury Wash Common recorded 10 cases and Hermitage and Cold Ash recorded another 10.

There were 10 confirmed cases in Hungerford, nine in Mortimer and Aldermaston and another nine in Burghfield Common.

Confirmed cases recorded in other areas of West Berkshire: 

  • Newbury Clay Hill – 8
  • Calcot North and Little Heath – 8
  • Thatcham West – 8
  • Thatcham Town – 8
  • Calcot South – 7
  • Chieveley, East Ilsley and Compton – 6
  • Thatcham North East – 5
  • Lambourn and Great Shefford – 4
  • Thatcham South East and Bradfield – 3
  • Kintbury and Boxford – 3
  • Purley on Thames – 3

Westwood and Streatley and Pangbourne both recorded fewer than three cases and Public Health England says it does not show data in these areas “to protect individuals’ identities”.

West Berkshire’s seven-day infection rate peaked at 422.2 cases per 100,000 when the third national lockdown was announced on January 4.

It has been falling since then and now stands at 104.1 cases per 100,000.

At the end of December, around one in six tests (16.2 per cent) conducted in West Berkshire were coming back positive. But that has dropped to around one in 17 tests (5.9 per cent).

However, Public Health England figures show there have been 50 Covid-related deaths so far in 2021 and 219 overall.

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The council opened a lateral flow testing centre for critical workers at Highwood Copse Primary School in Newbury on February 8 and in the first week of operation, the 257 tests that were conducted came back negative.

The scheme, which provides people with test results in around 30 minutes, aims to prevent asymptomatic critical workers from transmitting the virus without realising it.

The council opened a second testing centre at Thatcham Rugby Club on February 15 and it plans to open centres at Burghfield Community Sports Association and Hungerford Rugby Club next week.