Covid rally in Berkshire – Sunday July 18
MORE than 500 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Berkshire in the past 24 hours.
Public Health England has recorded 575 new laboratory-confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, in areas such as Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead.
Those numbers, correct as of 4 p.m. Sunday, July 18, bring the latest total for the county to 67,176.
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The local breakdown of the last 24 hours is as follows:
Bracknell Forest – 119 cases, 8,830 in total
Wokingham – 112 cases, 10,137 in total
Reading – 117 cases, 13,384 in total
West Berkshire – 80 cases, 7,788 in total
Windsor and Maidenhead – 88 cases, 10,005 in total
Slough – 59 cases, 17,032 in total
A total of 5,433,939 people in the UK have tested positive for Covid-19.
The latest seven-day rate per 100,000 people locally is as follows:
Bracknell Forest – 370.5
Wokingham – 232
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Reading – 278.2
West Berkshire – 215.2
Slough – 179.9
Windsor and Maidenhead – 47
In today’s national Covid news:
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer called the government’s plans to lift “all restrictions” from Monday “a mistake” and a “wrong thing to do”.
He said: “I have always said that lifting all the restrictions at once tomorrow is a mistake, it is reckless.
“We can already see the infection rates skyrocketing, we know what’s going to happen with hundreds of thousands of people being asked to self-isolate.
“The prime minister is basically putting the whole nation in one car, stepping on the accelerator and taking off the seat belt.”
He said Boris Johnson’s “reckless decisions” were causing “utter chaos”.