Coronavirus in Berkshire round up – Saturday, February 6

More than 200 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the latest figures show.

In the past 24 hours, Public Health England has recorded 241 lab-confirmed cases in areas including Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead.

These figures, correct as of Saturday, February 6, at 4pm bringing the county’s lab-confirmed positive Covid-19 tests total to 50,880, according to Public Health England.

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The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

  • Bracknell Forest – 32 cases, 6,469 total
  • Wokingham – 21 cases, 7,489 total
  • Reading – 45 cases, 9,977 total
  • West Berkshire – 49 cases, 5,637 total
  • Slough – 75 cases, 13,676 total
  • Windsor and Maidenhead – 19 cases, 7,632 total

There have now been 3,929,835 people across the UK who have tested positive for the virus.

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This is an increase of 18,262 cases in the past 24 hours.

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

  • Bracknell Forest – 246.4
  • Wokingham – 187.6
  • Reading – 314.6
  • West Berkshire – 164.1
  • Slough -401.9
  • Windsor and Maidenhead – 175

In today’s national coronavirus news:

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said he wants to provide “breathing space” for businesses struggling during the pandemic by giving them more time to make the first repayment on Government support loans.

The Treasury in September announced “pay as you grow” flexible terms to 1.4 million firms who took out £45 billion worth of “bounce back” loans, which were a lifeline to many as profits tumbled due to coronavirus restrictions.

The fresh offer included giving the option of paying the total sum back over 10 years rather than six and allowing them to choose to pay only the 2.5% interest on the loans.

A group of car enthusiasts have been fined for breaching Covid regulations after holding a meet opposite a police station.

The drivers assembled in Great Oaks car park in Basildon to inspect each other’s vehicles but the activity alerted Essex Police officers at work across the road.

After the officers made the short journey to the car park on Wednesday night they handed out 13 fines and dispersed the drivers.

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