MORE THAN 800 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Berkshire in the past 24 hours, following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement of a third national lockdown.
A total of 811 positive Covid-19 cases have been reported by Public Health England in Berkshire in the past day.
These lab-confirmed cases are from areas including Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead.
These figures, correct as Wednesday, January 6, bring the county’s lab-confirmed positive Covid-19 tests total to 33,605, according to Public Health England.
The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:
Bracknell – 97 cases, 4,393 total
Wokingham – 107 cases, 5,232 total
West Berkshire – 81 cases, 3,827 total
Slough – 233 cases, 8,659 total
Windsor and Maidenhead – 114 cases, 5,421 total
Reading – 179 cases, 6,073 total
The latest seven-day rate per 100,000 people locally are as follows:
Bracknell – 846.2
Wokingham – 578.5
West Berkshire – 405.2
Slough – 1015.1
Windsor and Maidenhead – 717.2
Reading – 603.3
There have now been 2,836,801 cases of Covid-19 across the UK – as of Wednesday, January 6, at 4pm. This was an increase of 62,322 cases in the past 24 hours.
In the national news today:
Matt Hancock compared the production of the Covid-19 vaccine to making your own bread.
He told the Commons: “The rate-limiting factor is the amount of the actual juice available, the actual vaccine.
“Which is not manufactured like a chemical, it is effectively … it is a biological product.
“It’s a bit like if you bake your own bread, Madam Deputy Speaker, I don’t know if you do, but I sometimes do, and it is a bit like the creation of and growth of yeast.
“It’s probably the best way to think of it, it is a complicated and difficult task and … that is the rate-limiting factor.
“I pay tribute to those who are engaged in the manufacturing process.”