Over 800 coronavirus cases have been recorded in a day in Berkshire as global concern grows over the Omicron variant.

A total of 824 new coronavirus cases were recorded in the county yesterday (Sunday, December 5).

The worst hit area at the moment is West Berkshire, where 143 fresh cases were reported that day.

Cases are also high in the neighbouring areas of Reading and Wokingham.

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136 confirmed cases were recorded in Wokingham Borough, and in Reading Borough, 133 cases were reported on Sunday.

Moving to the east, 111 cases were recorded in Bracknell Forest, and 112 were recorded in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

The only area that recorded less than 100 cases was Slough, which recorded 81 cases yesterday.

You can see which areas are worst affected in the map below. The darker the area, the higher the daily case numbers are:



Six people have died following a positive test for Covid-19 in Berkshire according to the latest figures from November 13 to November 19.

Of those, three deaths were recorded in Slough, and one person each died in Reading, West Berkshire and Windsor and Maidenhead.

Total deaths since the pandemic began as of November 19

Total deaths in Berkshire: 1,929

Slough – 387

Windsor and Maidenhead – 376

Reading – 352

Wokingham – 336

West Berkshire – 275

Bracknell Forest – 203

Contemplation of new restrictions 

This time last year, the second lockdown had been lifted, with non-essential shops, bars, pubs and restaurants reopening for the busy pre-Christmas season.

The reopening occurred on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, which was dubbed ‘Wild Wednesday’.

This year, there are murmurs that the Government could institute ‘Plan B’ of its Autumn and Winter Plan, which would involve introducing a controversial vaccine passport ‘in certain settings’.

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Elements of the plan have already been introduced, with mandatory mask requirements in retail shops, health settings and public transport coming into force on Tuesday, November 30.

Furthermore, anyone in England who has been in close contact with suspected Omicron cases is required to self-isolate for 10 days, even if they have been vaccinated.

An unofficially rumoured ‘Plan C’ involves the re-introduction of the ‘Rule of Six’ social bubbles and possible restrictions on mixing during the Christmas period.