Cases treble in area that has been ‘Covid-free’ for a month

The number of coronavirus cases being recorded in Berkshire is falling at a rapid rate, yet there is a neighbourhood in the county where it has trebled after a month of being virtually “Covid-free”.

The infection rate across all six boroughs has continued to be below 100, albeit Slough’s rate of 87.6 still being above the national average of 62.8.

Yet in a pocket west of Slough, there is a neighbourhood where the number of cases has trebled in the space of a week after being “Covid-free” for almost a month.

Pinkney’s Green and Furze Platt Road is situated north of Maidenhead town centre. It has recorded a sharp increase in the number of cases for the seven-day rolling rate to March 4.

Over that period the number has rocketed by 350 per cent after three weeks of recording hardly any Covid cases, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

The government’s coronavirus map shows the infection rate in the neighbourhood is now 160.5.

It’s in sharp comparison to the previous three weeks when the area had recorded fewer than three cases. The total number of cases recorded in Pinkney’s Green and Furze Platt Road was nine, an increase of seven from the previous seven days.

Latest Berkshire Covid figures

The figures below are taken from the government’s coronavirus map and are correct at the time of publication.

From left to right it reads: local authority; infection rate to seven days to March 4; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded to seven days to March 4; rate of new cases in the seven days to February 25; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 25.

Slough: 87.6 (131); down from 155.1 (232)

Reading: 40.2 (65), down from 79.1 (128)

Bracknell Forest: 34.3 (42), down from 62.8 (77)

Wokingham: 41.5 (71), down from 59.0 (101)

West Berkshire: 31.6 (50), down from 64.4 (102)

Windsor and Maidenhead: 40.9 (62) down from 61.4 (93)

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