May 17 Covid fares for Reading, Slough, Bracknell, Wokingham, Windsor and Maidenhead and West Berkshire as restrictions decrease
May 17 has arrived – and with it a further easing of Covid lockdown rules across England.
Pubs and restaurants will be able to open in Berkshire for the first time since the weekend in mid-December which saw most of the county go from level 2 to level 3 and then quickly to level 4 (except from Slough, which was at level 3). since the end of the second lockout in early December).
Cinemas and other indoor attractions in Reading and other parts of the county will also welcome visitors for the first time in months – and there is even the option to vacation abroad in a limited number of countries (although that some of those on the list would not let anyone in).
However, easing restrictions does not mean the coronavirus has been completely eradicated.
BerkshireLive looked at the figures for each area in the county according to the latest data, released Sunday evening by Public Health England.
What are the Covid infection rates in each region of Berkshire?
Slough, which generally has the highest rate in the county, continues to have the highest coronavirus infection rate in Berkshire – although it is still considerably lower than it was in late December and early January.
Slough Borough had 42 new confirmed cases in the week to May 11, down 27.6% from new Covid cases confirmed the week before and gave the region as a whole a sliding rate of 28, 1 per 100,000.
Elsewhere in the county, there were 36 new cases of Covid-19 in Reading in the seven days to May 11 – down 14.3% from the previous week and giving the borough a rolling rate by 22.3%.
West Berkshire confirmed 35 new cases in the week to May 11 – a 28.6% drop from the week before. This left the region with a mobile infection rate of 22.1 per 100,000 population.
With 30 new cases confirmed in the seven days to May 11, Wokingham has seen a week-over-week drop of 57.9%. This meant that the area as a whole had a mobile infection rate of 17.5 per 100,000 population.
Bracknell Forest had a turnover rate of 15.5 in the week ending May 11. The region had seen a total of 19 new cases in the seven days to date.
Windsor and Maidenhead had the lowest infection rate of all six local communities in Berkshire as of May 11. The Royal Borough recorded a total of 22 new cases in the seven days leading up to that date – a drop of 42.1% from the previous week. .
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Are there smaller areas of the county with an above average number of coronavirus cases?
Figures from Public Health England also divide the county into more than 100 mid-layer super production areas, each of which has a population of around 7,200.
A large majority of those in Berkshire had two or fewer new confirmed cases in the seven days leading up to May 11.
The area with the highest infection rate was Mortimer and Aldermaston Wharf, with a turnover rate of 137.6 per 100,000 population. In real terms, that means there were eight new cases.
Five other areas had infection rates between 50 and 99.9. These were Battle and Caversham Bridge in Reading, Earley in Wokingham, Newbury North West in West Berkshire and Wexham Lea and Langley Foxborough in Slough.