An area of Berkshire has seen a sharp rise in coronavirus cases of more than 70 per cent.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s numbers remain low, though, but there are 19 new cases, which is a 70.4 per cent increase in the previous number of 27, which has risen to 46.
It’s important to point out it’s a large increase in small numbers, as the borough’s rolling rate per 100,000 people now stands at 30.4 in the seven days to April 22.
Elsewhere in Berkshire, other areas have seen rises.
Reading’s total also stands at 46, with five new cases, which is an increase of 12.2 per cent. The town’s rolling rate is 28.4.
In West Berkshire, which has had some of the lowest rates in the country, there are six new cases, which is a 33.3 per cent increase. In total there are 24 cases, a rise of six. However, the rolling rate is just 15.1.
Wokingham also saw four new cases, which has led to a total of 40. This is an increase of 11.1 per cent and the rolling rate is now 23.4.
Slough, which had a rate of more than 1,200 at the start of the year, has seen a drop in its figures of one case. However, it still has considerably the highest number of cases in Berkshire with 95. Its rolling rate is 63.5, also the county’s highest.
Bracknell Forest also saw a drop of 11 cases, down to 20 – a 35.5 per cent drop. The rolling rate in the borough is 16.3.
Nationally, a third of towns are seeing rises, with warnings coming of a “third wave” of the virus.
The news comes as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps reveals he is confident of a return to foreign travel for families from Monday, May 17.
Latest Berkshire Covid figures for seven days to April 22
From left to right it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 22; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 22; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 15; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 15.
- Slough – 63.5 (95), down from 64.2 (96)
- Windsor and Maidenhead – 30.4 (46), up from 17.8 (27)
- Reading – 28.4 (46), up from 25.3 (41)
- Bracknell Forest – 16.3 (20), down from 25.3 (31)
- Wokingham – 23.4 (40), up from 21.0 (36)
- West Berkshire – 15.1 (24), up from 11.4 (18)
The figures above are taken from the government’s coronavirus map and are correct at the time of publication.