Covid cases increase by 30 per cent in Reading

Over-75s risk serious illness if they haven't yet had their Spring booster.
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The number of people testing positive for Covid in Reading has increased by 30 per cent in the last seven days, according to latest figures.

Data on the gov.uk website shows there were 487 Covid cases in Reading in the week up to 1 July, a rate of 304 cases per 100,000 people. This is higher than the average England rate, of 246 Covid cases per 100,000 people.

Health officials are urging people aged 75 and over, in particular, to come forward if they haven’t yet had their ‘Spring booster’, as this age group is seeing the biggest increase in hospitalisations.

'It hasn't gone away'

Berkshire Public Health says Covid hasn’t gone away and has reminded people of precautions to take:

  • get vaccinated - book via the NHS website 
  • wear a face covering or a face mask, particularly in crowded and enclosed spaces
  • meet outdoors when you can and let fresh air in if meeting others indoors
  • wash your hands often with soapy water
  • cover your coughs and sneezes
  • clean your surroundings frequently.

Dr Mary Ramsay of the UK Health Security Agency said 16 per cent of people aged 75 and over hadn't taken up their Spring booster when invited and could be experiencing "a substantial amount of waning immunity". She urged them to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect them against serious illness.

The latest increase in cases is beleived to be caused by two new and more infectious Omicron variants. 

In the week up to 3 July, 71 people were admitted with Covid to Royal Berkshire Hospital, however none were relying on mechanical ventilators to breathe.

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