A FURTHER 48 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Berkshire in the past 24 hours.

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

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These figures, correct as of Thursday, April 8, at 4pm, bring the latest total for the county to 55,964.

The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

  • Reading - 17 cases, 10,813 total
  • Bracknell Forest - 6 cases, 7,032 total
  • Wokingham - 3 cases, 8,161 total
  • West Berkshire - 8 cases, 6,319 total
  • Slough - 9 cases, 15,254 total
  • Windsor and Maidenhead - 5 cases, 8,385 total

There have now been 4,370,321 people across the UK who have tested positive for Covid-19 - a daily increase of 3,030.

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The latest seven-day rate per 100,000 people locally are as follows:

  • Reading - 22.3 (Compared to 42 on March 31)
  • Bracknell Forest - 32.6 (Compared to 33. 5 on March 31)
  • Wokingham - 20.5 (Compared to 36.8 on March 31)
  • West Berkshire - 20.2 (Compared to 30.9 on March 31)
  • Slough - 80.2 (Compared to 83.6 on March 31)
  • Windsor and Maidenhead - 28.4 (Compared to 66.7 on March 31)

In today's national coronavirus news:

Nearly six in 10 people in England aged 80 and over are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, figures suggest.

An estimated 58.5% of people in this age group had received both doses of the vaccine as of April 4.

In some regions the proportion was higher, with 61.0% for north-west England and 66.5% for north-east England and Yorkshire.

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People aged 80 and over were among the first groups on the priority list for vaccines, with initial doses offered from early December.

Second doses must follow within 12 weeks of the first, meaning the four in 10 people in this age group yet to have a follow-up jab should receive it within the next few weeks.

The figures for vaccinations were published by NHS England, and have been combined with population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.