READING is seeing a sharp rise in cases, with Central Reading reaching between 400 and 800 new cases in seven days.

Official government data shows that in the 14 day period from July 9, 2021 to July 16, 2021, central Reading recorded 79 new cases of coronavirus.

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The key areas showing a rise in coronavirus cases in the Reading borough, indicating a rolling rate between 400 – 799 include:

  • Reading Central
  • Lower Earley North
  • Norcot South
  • Tilehurst North
  • Calcot North & Little Heath
  • Calcot South

As of today, July 21, there are six coronavirus patients in hospital across the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Fortunately, the Reading borough does not have any 'hot-spot' wards where there are more than 800 new positive Covid test results per week.

In total, 185,710 vaccinations have been given across the Reading borough - this breaks down to 110,767 first doses, and 74,943 second doses.

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It comes as all remaining legal restrictions were lifted in England earlier this week, including the mandatory wearing of masks in indoor settings.

But the Government has called for the public to exercise caution, with a recommendation that masks should still be used in crowded and enclosed spaces.

The instruction to work from home has been scrapped, although ministers are encouraging firms to implement a gradual return to the office, and the limit on named visitors to care homes will be lifted.

In a move towards restarting international travel, from Monday children and adults who have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus do not have to quarantine on their return to England from amber list countries.

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