Covid UK: Windsor and Maidenhead has one of highest coronavirus infection rates in UK

An area of Berkshire currently has one of the highest coronavirus infection rates in the UK – as the Government reportedly considers a circuit-breaker lockdown for England.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead currently has one of the highest Covid-19 infection rates outside London – sitting at 23rd out of 214 unitary authorities and upper tier local authorities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Excluding council areas in London – which on Saturday declared a major incident to the Omicron variant of the virus – the Royal Borough sits at in fourth place in the United Kingdom.

Read More: Reading Covid blackspots as London declares ‘major incident’

The latest figures, released by Public Health England on Saturday evening (December 18) come as reports suggest a short lockdown is being considered for England to tackle the spread of the latest variant of the virus.

BerkshireLive has looked in more detail at the figures and where other local authorities and neighbourhoods in the county rank.

Coronavirus infection rates in each Berkshire area per 100,000 people according to the latest Public Health England data (with number in brackets being the number of new cases confirmed in the seven days up to December 13):

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead: 811.8 (1,228) (23 out of 214 authorities across the UK)

Reading: 757.8 (1,215) (34th out of 214 authorities across the UK)

Wokingham Borough: 743.3 (1293) (39th out of 214 authorities across the UK)

Bracknell Forest: 709.5 (881) (48th out of 214 authorities across the UK)

West Berkshire: 596.3 (945) (78th out of 214 authorities across the UK)

Slough: 556.9 (833) (95th out of 214 authorities across the UK)

Although the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead collectively has the highest infection rate in the county, there are areas of other parts of Berkshire with higher infection rates.

The latest Public Health England data splits the county into more than a hundred Middle-layer super output areas, each of which has a population of around 7,200 people.

The five middle-layer super output areas in Berkshire with the highest Covid-19 infection ratesper 100,000 people according to the latest Public Health England data (with number in brackets being the number of new cases confirmed in the seven days up to December 13):

Wokingham Borough: Arborfield & Garrison: 1,368 (100) (11th out of 1,108 MSOAs in the South East)

Reading: Caversham Balmore Park: 1174.2 (92) (28th out of 1,108 MSOAs in the South East)

Reading: Caversham Heights: 1160.5 (82) (31st out of 1,108 MSOAs in the South East)

Bracknell Forest: Binfield & Popeswood: 1160 (127) (32nd out of 1,108 MSOAs in the South East)

Windsor and Maidenhead:Ascot & North Ascot East: 1059.8 (79) (60th out of 1,108 MSOAs in the South East)

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