Covid cases come down in Reading

Latest figures show a decrease in the number of people testing positive for coronavirus.
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Latest figures show Covid cases are coming down in Reading but there are still a lot of unwell people in hospital.

Details are set out in a weekly briefing published on 2 February by Public Health for Berkshire.

Latest Covid figures 

  • There were 674 cases, 22-28 January, compared with 1,231 in the first week of Jan
  • This equates to 416.6 cases per 100,000 population, down from 760.9 in early Jan
  • The highest rates are currently in people aged 90+ and 30-35-year-olds
  • The mumber of Covid admissions to Royal Berkshire Hospital is slowly decreasing
  • 30 people were on ventilators at the RBH on 26 Jan, up from 20 on 5 Jan
  • 17 people sadly died with Covid from 16-22 Jan, putting the total to date, at 251

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No figures have been published on the total number of Reading people who have received a first dose of the Covid vaccine. Regional figures show 187,343 people had been vaccinated across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire, as of 28 January.

Prime minister Boris Johnson announced on 3 February that 10million people in the UK had received their first dose.

He also described new positive findings about one of the vaccines: “New research from Oxford University suggests the protection provided by the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine kicks in after three weeks and lasts right the way through to the booster at three months. And research also shows that the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine seems likely to reduce transmission to others.”

By 15 February, the government hopes to have vaccinated people in the first four priority groups (everyone aged 70 and over and any adult who is clinically extremely vulnerable).

The government will make a statement on 22 February about next steps, including whether schools can re-open.

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