Slough’s Covid rate more than double the national average

Shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs, and hairdressers will reopen on Monday to much fanfare, and bring an end a four-month closure for many as tills will be rung again, and pints will be pulled.

Yet for some people in the Covid hotspot areas in England there will be a certain amount of anxiety of whether it will cause another spike of the virus.

North Northamptonshire town Corby (127.4), Mansfield (107), and Barnsley (100.9) currently have the top three highest rates in England. Albeit the rate is much lower than seen in December and the start of January.

Despite having rates more than three times higher than the national average, those towns, and others, will join the rest of the country in having more restrictions eased tomorrow (April 12).

In Berkshire, as has so often been the case during the pandemic, Slough’s head sticks out above the parapet.

Nationally, the ‘Covid table’ shows Slough’s rate as currently the 16th highest out of the country’s 315 local authorities. In comparison, the lowest rate is 1.5 in Torridge, north Devon.

The industrial town’s Covid rate is more than double that of England’s national average of 30.1. In contrast, the rest of the Berkshire is below that figure.

But how big is the disparity between Slough’s rate to that of its neighbouring local authorities in Berkshire?

The table below shows the real gap between the county’s six local authorities, as well as how near or far they are to England’s national average.

The left-hand column in the table below is the Covid-19 rate per 100,000 people over a 7-day period to March 29 and is taken from Public Health England figures

66.9 Slough
65
64
63
62
61
60
59
58
56
55
54
53
52
51
50
49
48
47
46
45
44
43
42
41
40
39
38
37
36
35
34
33
32
31
30.1 ENGLAND
29
28
27.7 Windsor & Maidenhead
26
25
24
23
22
21
20.4 Bracknell Forest
19
18.5 Reading
17.5 Wokingham
16
15
14
13.9 West Berkshire
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1

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