More than 150 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Berkshire in the past 24 hours.

Public Health England has recorded 152 lab-confirmed cases in areas including Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead.

These figures, correct as of Wednesday, February 17 at 4pm, bringing the county's lab-confirmed positive Covid-19 tests total to 52,587, according to Public Health England.

Read the latest in Bracknell HERE

The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

Bracknell - 27 cases, 6,678 total 

Wokingham - 14 cases, 7,696 total

Reading - 21 cases, 10,286 total

West Berkshire - 25 cases, 5,890 total

Slough - 49 cases, 14,192 total

Windsor and Maidenhead - 16 cases, 7,845 total

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

Bracknell 102.8

Wokingham - 77.1

Reading - 121.8

Slough - 215.3

Windsor and Maidenhead - 90.5

West Berkshire - 104.1

Read the latest in Reading HERE 

In today's national coronavirus news:

Scientists have urged the Government to set an “acceptable level” of Covid-19 infections.

Experts said they have been “crying out” for someone in a position of political power to decide what level of Covid-19 infections are acceptable so the outbreak can be “managed with that in mind”.

Meanwhile, Professor Dame Angela McLean, chief scientific adviser at the Ministry of Defence, said that unlocking society too fast “risks disaster”.

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Official statistics predict that 695,400 people in England are estimated to have Covid-19.

MPs on the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee also heard that if a tier system is used after the current lockdown is lifted, it must be adapted.