Berkshire’s latest Covid infection rates as Delta variant begins to make up majority of cases
The Delta variant is starting to make up the majority of new cases in Berkshire, according to the latest data.
Data from the Sanger Institute, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Testing Innovation Fund, shows that in areas like Wokingham, Reading, Bracknell and Slough, the variant accounts for nearly 100% of new cases .
In other areas like West Berkshire and Windsor and Maidenhead, the variant still accounts for over 50% of cases.
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It also shows that in England, the variant accounted for 88.4% of cases.
In terms of infection rates, which are current as of June 15, England’s national average is currently 81.3 per 100,000 population.
Here in Berkshire, Reading currently has the worst infection rate of 121.8 per 100,000. This is in stark contrast to a few months ago when Slough was permanently the most infected area in the county.
In fact, Slough has an infection rate of 70.9, which is lower than the national average.
Windsor and Maidenhead remain the least infected area with an infection rate of 39.
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The news comes as everyone over 18 is now being invited to receive their first vaccine. However, it is believed that we may now face a third wave.
Professor Adam Finn, who advises the government on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), told BBC Radio 4’s Today show: Going up, so this third wave is definitely underway.
“We can conclude that the race is firmly on between the vaccination program, especially the second dose of the elderly, and the third wave of the Delta variant.”
Dr Mike Tildesley, epidemiologist and member of the SPI-M modeling group, also said he “cautiously” hopes the number of hospital admissions for coronavirus will not be the same as what we have seen in January.
He told BBC Breakfast: “Currently we are seeing slightly younger people becoming infected, and in fact people who go to the hospital tend to be slightly younger, and therefore also slightly less sick, which is again a good sign that even though we ‘re starting to see more people hospitalized again, these are usually younger people who are more likely to recover successfully.
“I realize I’m a little careful here. All of these are cautiously good signs, but of course we need to keep an eye on this over the next two weeks so that we can give as much information as possible to the government before the July 19 reopens. “
Berkshire Infection Rate
The following data is correct until June 15. They show the infection rates for each area per 100,000 inhabitants.
Bracknell Forest – 70.2
Reading – 121.8
Slough – 70.9
West Berkshire – 45.4
Windsor and Maidenhead – 39
Wokingham – 69
Delta variant percentages
The following data shows the percentage that the delta variant constitutes new cases in each area.
Bracknell Forest – 100 percent
Reading – 98.4 percent
Slough – 100 percent
West Berkshire – 57.1 percent
Windsor and Maidenhead – 75 percent
Wokingham – 98.1 percent