A TOTAL of 20 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours in Berkshire.

Public Health England has recorded 20 new lab-confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, in areas including Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead.

These figures are correct as of Saturday, May 15, at 4pm.

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The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

Reading - 5 cases, 11,014 total

Bracknell Forest - 1 case, 7,131 total

Wokingham - 1 case, 8,300 total

West Berkshire - 6 cases, 6,479 total

Slough - 7 cases, 15,645 total

Windsor and Maidenhead - no new cases, 8,565 total

There have now been 4,450,777 people across the UK who have tested positive for the virus.

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

Reading - 22.3

Bracknell Forest - 15.5

Wokingham - 17.5

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West Berkshire - 22.1

Slough - 28.1

Windsor and Maidenhead - 14.5

In today's national Covid news:

Matt Hancock said it is “quite likely” the Indian variant of Covid-19 will become the dominant variant in the UK.

He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “I think it’s quite likely this will become the dominant variant. We don’t know exactly how much more transmissible it is but I think it is likely it will become the dominant variant here.

“What that reinforces is the importance of people coming forward for testing and being careful because this isn’t over yet.

“But the good news is because we have increasing confidence that the vaccine works against the variant, the strategy is on track – it’s just the virus has just gained a bit of pace and we’ve therefore all got to be that bit much more careful and cautious.”