Latest COVID-19 update on cases across Berkshire – May 6

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These figures, correct as of Wednesday, May 5, bring the latest total for the county to 56,830 coronavirus cases.

The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

  • Reading – 4 cases, 10,959 total
  • Bracknell Forest – 1 cases, 7,101 total
  • Wokingham – 3 cases, 8,261 total
  • West Berkshire – 6 cases, 6,413 total
  • Slough – 3 cases, 15,571 total 
  • Windsor and Maidenhead – 5 cases, 8,525 total

There have now been 4,425,940 people across the UK who have tested positive for Covid-19 – a daily increase of 2,144.

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The government said a further 27 people have died having tested positive for Covid-19. The total number of deaths in England is 127,570.

The latest seven-day rate per 100,000 people locally are as follows:

  • Reading – 23.5
  • Bracknell Forest – 20.4
  • Wokingham – 15.2
  • West Berkshire – 25.2
  • Windsor and Maidenhead – 20.5
  • Slough – 50.2

In today’s national Covid news: 

Vaccine passports will not be introduced on a “permanent basis” but they could be a beneficial short-term tool, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said.

Conservative backbenchers, publicans and scientists have raised concerns over the possible use of coronavirus health certificates as England’s lockdown is eased.

Ministers are studying their potential use, which could see access to venues granted only if customers have been jabbed, received negative tests, or developed antibodies through past infection.

Mr Dowden, whose brief includes theatres, where certificates could be valuable in relaxing social distancing, said “we need to look at all options” for safely easing restrictions.

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“Of course we would never look to do this on a permanent basis, it’s just whether it might be a tool in the short term,” he told The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One.