ALMOST 40 people in Berkshire tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the latest figures show.

Public Health England has recorded 39 new lab-confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, in areas including Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead.

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These figures, correct as of Thursday, May 6, at 4pm bring the latest total for the county to 56,869 coronavirus cases.

The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

  • Reading - 6 case, 10,965 total
  • Bracknell Forest - 5 cases, 7,106 total
  • Wokingham - 3 cases, 8,264 total
  • West Berkshire - 9 cases, 6,422 total
  • Slough - 8 cases, 15,579 total 
  • Windsor and Maidenhead - 8 cases, 8,533 total

There have now been 4,428,553 people across the UK who have tested positive for Covid-19 - a daily increase of 2,613.

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The government said a further 13 people have died having tested positive for Covid-19. The total number of deaths in England is 127,583.

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

  • Reading - 25.3 (Compared to 27.2 on April 28)
  • Bracknell Forest - 19.6 (Compared to 13.9 on April 28)
  • Wokingham - 16.4 (Compared to 19.9 on April 28)
  • West Berkshire - 26.5 (Compared to 12.6 on April 28)
  • Windsor and Maidenhead - 20.5 (Compared to 27.1 on April 28)
  • Slough - 49.5 (Compared to 56.8 on April 28)

In today's national Covid news: 

Nine in 10 people in England aged 70 and over are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, figures suggest.

An estimated 90.0% of people in this age group had received both doses of the vaccine as of May 2.

For people aged 65 to 69 the figure is 50.5%, while for 60 to 64-year-olds the estimate is 26.1%.

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People aged 70 and over were in the top four groups on the priority list for vaccines, with initial doses offered to over-80s from early December.

Second doses must follow within 12 weeks of the first, meaning any people in these age groups yet to have a follow-up jab should receive it within the next few weeks.

The figures for vaccinations were published by NHS England, and have been combined with population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.