The coronavirus hotspots in Reading have been revealed as hundreds of people as hundreds of people test positive for Covid-19 each week.

There are hotspot areas in central Reading, South Reading and Caversham.

These hotspots have been found using the Government’s interactive coronavirus map.

The latest numbers for cases available comes from the week leading up to Friday, April 8.

A total of 875 people tested positive for Covid-19 across Reading in that week.

That was hundreds lower than the week leading up to Friday, April 1, where 1,336 people tested positive – a 461 decrease week on week.

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The Government map also shows the number of cases recorded in neighbourhood areas called Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOAs).

The infection rate is also recorded, and is defined as the number of people testing positive per 100,000 in the area.

There are five hotspots in Reading, but there is also two areas which have an infection rate below 400 per 100,000 people.

Reading Chronicle: The Government interactive coronavirus map, showing the numbers of cases and infection rate by neighbourhood. Credit: UK GovernmentThe Government interactive coronavirus map, showing the numbers of cases and infection rate by neighbourhood. Credit: UK Government

The Leighton Park area had an infection rate of 385.6, and the Norcot South area where the infection rate is at 355.4.

36 people tested positive in Leighton Park and 32 people tested positive in Norcot South in the week up to Friday, April 8.

In every other area, the infection rate was over 400.

You can see the areas of Reading with the highest number of cases, and the infection in brackets, below:

1 – Reading Central – 79 cases (524.8)

2 – Caversham Heights – 68 cases (962.4)

3- Coley Park – 64 cases – (747.1)

4 – Kennet Island & Green Park – 59 cases (512.4)

5 – Caversham Balmore Park – 56 cases (714.7)

The Government website also includes figures on the number of deaths after someone tests positive by council area, and the number of vaccinations taken by council area and MSOA, contained within an interactive map.

Sadly, a total of 382 people have died after testing positive for Covid-19 in Reading since records began.

As for vaccinations, 74.6 per cent of people in the borough have received a first dose, 70.2 per cent have received a second dose, and 50.2 per cent have taken a booster.

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More up to date data was provided on the Public Health for Berkshire Covid-19 Dashboard, however, the site has been deactivated.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) tried to access the data at around 12.30pm today (Thursday, April 14) but was unable to retrieve anything.

Prior to the site shutting down, the LDRS saw that, in the 30 day period from April 12 to March 12, there were only three days where less than 100 Covid-19 cases were recorded in Reading.

The site was deactivated as part of the Government’s ‘Living with Covid-19’ strategy, which involves managing Covid-19 like other respiratory illnesses.

Free universal Covid testing ended at the start of this month.

From Saturday, April 2, parents and carers have been able to organise vaccinations for children aged 5-11, which can be booked on the NHS website.