Coronavirus in Berkshire round up – Monday, January 18

More than 600 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours, according to the latest figures.

Public Health England has recorded 634 lab-confirmed cases in the past day in areas including Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Slough, and Windsor and Maidenhead.

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These figures are correct as of 4pm on Monday, January 18, bringing the county’s lab-confirmed positive Covid-19 tests total to 42,979.

The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

Bracknell – 89 cases, 5,499 total

Wokingham – 64 cases, 6,463 total

Reading – 173 cases, 8,211 total

West Berkshire – 53 cases, 4,653 total

Slough – 201, 11,453 total

Windsor and Maidenhead – 54 cases, 6,700 total

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

Bracknell – 479.8

Wokingham – 401.5

Reading – 735.6

West Berkshire – 329.4

Slough – 1,018.5

Windsor and Maidenhead – 471.5

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There have now been 3,433,494 cases of Covid-19 across the UK – as of Monday, January 18, at 4pm. An increase of 37,535 in the past 24 hours.

In today’s national coronavirus news:

Boris Johnson has warned the UK is still in a “pretty precarious” position as ministers prepare for the easing of lockdown restrictions from early March.

The Prime Minister said the process would be gradual, with no great “open sesame” moment when curbs on freedoms are suddenly lifted.

He said decisions on loosening England’s stay-home order will be made based on progress in the vaccination programme, which had been “very encouraging” despite concerns that some parts of the nation are falling behind.

More than four million people in the UK have received a first coronavirus vaccine dose.

The Government is on track to vaccinate around 15 million high-priority people across the UK by February 15, including health and social care staff, the elderly and people in care homes.

The vaccines minister has said he is concerned the take-up of the jab may be lower in BAME communities.

Nadhim Zahawi said he is working with local mayors and councils to get the message across to “hard-to-reach groups”.

It comes after a document released by Sage last week found “marked difference existed by ethnicity, with black ethnic groups the most likely to be Covid-19 hesitant, followed by Pakistani/Bangladeshi groups”.

The report said adults in minority ethnic groups were less likely to receive vaccines than those in white groups, by between 10-20%.

Sixteen new positive cases were reported among Premier League players and staff in the latest round of coronavirus testing, the league has announced.

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