Berkshire area has one of country’s lowest coronavirus rates

The Berkshire borough of Wokingham now has one of the lowest coronavirus infection rates in the country, new figures reveal.

The borough has a rate of 48.5 cases per 100,000 people, which is the 27th lowest rate in the country.

Most other Berkshire areas are seeing figures drop.

Every area bar Slough has seen its rate fall again, according to figures from Public Health England in the week leading up to Saturday, February 20.

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Slough’s rate has risen slightly from 212.7 to 216, which places it as the 18th highest rate in the country.

West Berkshire now has the county’s second highest rate at 90.2, down from 99.7.

Reading’s rate stands at 81, down from 121.2.

Bracknell Forest’s rate currently 80 and Windsor and Maidenhead’s 72.6.

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Wokingham saw a considerable drop from 77.1 in the seven days to February 13.

The highest rate in country remains in Corby in Northamptonshire, where the rate has risen from 314.3 cases to 343.4.

Peterborough is second, with a slight rise from 263.5 to 271.9 cases per 100,000 people.

The latest figures come as the government is set to announce more details on the reopening of schools.

The government has also not ruled out local lockdowns in areas where the rates remain high.

The latest Berkshire figures

Slough, 216 up from 212.7

West Berkshire, 90.2 down from 99.7

Reading, 81.0 down from 121.2

Bracknell Forest, 80.0 down from 108.5

Windsor and Maidenhead, 72.6 down from 87.8

Wokingham, 48.5 down from 77.1

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