More than 20 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 Saturday, May 8, 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 - 3 cases, 10,977 total
Bracknell Forest - 2 cases, 7,112 total
Wokingham - 6 cases, 8,272 total
West Berkshire - 2 cases, 6,432 total
Slough - 3 cases, 15,588 total 
Windsor and Maidenhead - 5 cases, 8,540 total

There have now been 4,443,090 people across the UK who have tested positive for Covid-19 - a daily increase of 2,047.

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The government said a further five people have died having tested positive for Covid-19. The total number of deaths in England is 127,603.

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 - 14.7 (Compared to 13.9 on April 28)
Wokingham - 10.5 (Compared to 19.9 on April 28)
West Berkshire - 27.1 (Compared to 12.6 on April 28)
Windsor and Maidenhead - 21.8 (Compared to 27.1 on April 28)
Slough - 44.1 (Compared to 56.8 on April 28)

In today's national Covid news: 

A total of 43,907,911 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and May 7, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 522,249 on the previous day.

NHS England said 29,441,213 were the first dose of a vaccine, a rise of 107,518 on the previous day, while 14,466,698 were a second dose, an increase of 414,731.

A health expert has supported the Government’s cautious approach in opening up international travel through a traffic light system.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, virologist Dr Chris Smith said: “A lot of good work has gone in to putting us in the strong position we’re in in this country, and we don’t want to potentially endanger, imperil or undermine that good work by importing back to our country cases of coronavirus that could bypass the protection we’ve given our population by being a variant of some kind.

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“The measures that have been put in place I think are sensible, I think they are measured measures at the moment.

“But it is an unknown bit of territory we are going into, so it’s important we take small steps and have measures in place to measure what we’re doing.”