ALMOST 40 people in Berkshire tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the latest figures show.

Public Health England has recorded 38 new 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 Tuesday, April 27, at 4pm bring the latest total for the county to 56,521 coronavirus cases.

The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

  • Reading - 5 case, 10,904 total
  • Bracknell Forest - 3 cases, 7,074 total
  • Wokingham - 8 cases, 8,226 total
  • West Berkshire - 6 cases, 6,358 total
  • Slough - 12 cases, 15,482 total 
  • Windsor and Maidenhead - 4 cases, 8,477 total

There have now been 4,409,631 people across the UK who have tested positive for Covid-19 - a daily increase of 2,685.

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The government said a further 17 people have died having tested positive for Covid-19. The total number of deaths in England is 127,451.

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

  • Reading - 27.2
  • Bracknell Forest - 13.9
  • Wokingham - 19.9
  • West Berkshire - 12.6
  • Windsor and Maidenhead - 27.1
  • Slough - 56.8

Reading Chronicle:

In today's national Covid news: 

The Prime Minister has warned that the nation is “not out of the woods yet” as the Covid-19 vaccination programme hit the milestone of delivering second jabs to a quarter of the adult population.

Boris Johnson raised concerns about new variants of the virus during a meeting of the Cabinet, but he told ministers that the road ahead “looks positive”.

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And he hailed the “huge achievement” of the vaccination programme as figures show that one in four (25%) UK adults have had their second coronavirus jab.

It comes as people aged 42 and over in England were called to come forward to get their vaccine.