FOUR areas in Berkshire have an infection rate of less than 100, according to the latest figures for the past 24 hours.

Public Health England has recorded the latest cases numbers and rates for each area across the county. Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, and Windsor and Maidenhead all are reporting Covid-19 7-day infection rates of less than 100.

It comes as the health body has reported 147 lab-confirmed cases across Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Slough, and Windsor and Maidenhead.

These figures, correct as of Monday, February 22, at 4pm, bring the county's lab-confirmed positive Covid-19 tests total to 53,236 according to Public Health England.

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The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

  • Reading - 23 cases, 10,386 total
  • Bracknell - 20 cases, 6,752 total
  • Wokingham - 12 cases, 7,757 total
  • West Berkshire - 21 cases, 6,000 total
  • Slough - 48 cases, 14,407 total
  • Windsor and Maidenhead - 23 cases, 7,934 total

There have now been 4,126,150 people across the UK who have tested positive for Covid-19 - a daily increase of 10,641 cases across the country.

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

  • Reading - 93.3 (Compared to 139.1 on Feb 15)
  • Bracknell - 95.5 (Compared to 141.2 on Feb 15)
  • Wokingham - 53.8 (Compared to 92.9 on Feb 15)
  • West Berkshire - 101 (Compared to 124.3 on Feb 15)
  • Slough - 211.3 (Compared to 246.8 on Feb 15)
  • Windsor and Maidenhead - 71.3 (Compared to 107 on Feb 15)

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A member of the medical team administers a Covid-19 vaccine injection at the NHS vaccination centre. Stock image

A member of the medical team administers a Covid-19 vaccine injection at the NHS vaccination centre. Stock image

In today's national coronavirus news:

England's coronavirus restrictions could finally be lifted by June 21 as part of a four-stage plan, Boris Johnson has announced as he declared "the end really is in sight".

The Prime Minister told MPs the approach was "cautious but also irreversible", with the impact of the vaccination programme replacing the need for lockdown measures.

He said a "wretched year would give way to a spring and a summer that will be very different and incomparably better".

The Prime Minister acknowledged that scientific modelling suggested that lifting lockdown measures would increase Covid-19 cases and ultimately deaths but insisted the restrictions could not continue indefinitely.

In the first phase, all pupils in England's schools are expected to return to class from March 8, with wider use of face masks and testing in secondaries.

Socialising in parks and public spaces with one other person will also be permitted from that date.

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A further easing of restrictions will take place on March 29 when the school Easter holidays begin - with larger groups of up to six people or two households allowed to gather in parks and gardens.

Other measures in the road map set out by the Prime Minister include:

- From April 12 at the earliest: shops, hairdressers, nail salons, libraries, outdoor attractions and outdoor hospitality venues such as beer gardens will reopen.

- From May 17 at the earliest, two households or groups of up to six people will be allowed to mix indoors and crowds of up to 10,000 in the largest venues will be allowed at performances and sporting events.

- Friends and family could finally be allowed to hug each other again, with the road map promising that advice on social distancing will be updated "as soon as possible" and no later than step three.

- From June 21 at the earliest, all remaining restrictions on social contact could be lifted, larger events can go ahead and nightclubs could finally reopen.