Rise in Covid cases reported for Reading

Find out where we stand on the 'India variant', overall new cases and vaccination numbers.
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Reading has 31 confirmed cases of the Covid variant that first originated in India – the highest number in Berkshire, according to Public Health England.

Reading is ranked 41st in a national table counting the new variant in 253 areas of England.

In Slough there had been 23 cases, in Wokingham, 15, but other parts of Berkshire recorded 5 or fewer cases.

At the top of the list is Bolton, with 1,354 cases of the India variant, according to the figures, up to 26 May 2021 from Public Health England.

A new study also shows that two doses of the Covid vaccine offers high levels of protection against disease from the India variant. Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at PHE, said: “We expect the vaccines to be even more effective at preventing hospitalisation and death, so it is vital to get both doses to gain maximum protection against all existing and emerging variants.”

In Reading, 39,997 people have now been fully vaccinated with two doses of the Covid vaccination, according to figures up to 27 May.

Other figures, from Public Health Berkshire, show that overall, there were 60 new positive cases of Covid in Reading in the week 14-20 May, leading to a rate of 37.1 cases per 100,000 population, which is an 82% increase from the week before. No new deaths of people from Covid have been recorded for Reading since 23rd April 2021.

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