Berkshire has hit a milestone in the Covid-19 pandemic surpassing 50,000 positive coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.
In the past 24 hours, Public Health England has recorded 299 lab-confirmed cases in areas including Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead.
These figures, correct as of Wednesday, February 3, at 4pm bringing the county’s lab-confirmed positive Covid-19 tests total to 50,004, according to Public Health England.
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The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:
- Bracknell – 39 cases, 6,344 total
- Wokingham – 36 cases, 7,390 total
- Reading – 67 cases, 9,816 total
- West Berkshire – 29 cases, 5,499 total
- Slough – 89 cases, 13,427 total
- Windsor and Maidenhead – 39 cases, 7,528 total
There have now been 3,871,825 people across the UK who have tested positive for the virus.
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This is an increase of 19,202 cases in the past 24 hours.
The latest seven-day rate per 100,000 people locally are as follows:
- Bracknell – 248.9
- Wokingham – 195.2
- Reading – 390.7
- West Berkshire – 190.6
- Slough – 499.5
- Windsor and Maidenhead – 186.2
In today’s national coronavirus news:
The organiser of a clap for Captain Sir Tom Moore has said she “will make sure he is never forgotten”.
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Hannah-Jayne King had initially set up a Facebook campaign to dedicate a round of applause to the veteran on Friday.
But Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday that a round of applause dedicated to the NHS fundraiser would occur later that day at 6pm. Ms King says she will now observe both.
Ms King, from Cwmbran, south Wales, organised another clap for Sir Tom in April last year, which was observed by thousands across the world, and she runs a Facebook group called Clap for Colonel Tom which has more than 30,000 members.
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Ten million people in the UK have now received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
The Health Secretary hailed the milestone as “hugely significant” while the Prime Minister expressed thanks to those who had helped make it happen.
Matt Hancock said “every jab makes us all a bit safer”, as he made the announcement on Twitter.