A TOTAL of 39 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours in Berkshire.

Public Health England has recorded 39 new lab-confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, in areas including Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead.

These figures are correct as of Friday, May 14, at 4pm.

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The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

Reading - 5 cases, 11,004 total

Bracknell Forest - 3 cases, 7,128 total

Wokingham - 8 cases, 8,298 total

West Berkshire - 11 cases, 6,463 total

Slough - 5 cases, 15,627 total

Windsor and Maidenhead - 7 cases, 8,563 total

There have now been 4,446,824 people across the UK who have tested positive for the virus.

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

Reading - 22.3

Bracknell Forest - 13.9

Wokingham - 15.2

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West Berkshire - 20.8

Slough - 26.1

Windsor and Maidenhead - 20.5

In today's national Covid news:

Four people in the UK have now died in the UK after contracting the Indian variant of Covid-19, according to data published by Public Health England.

They are the first known domestic deaths from the new variant of the virus which has been declared a variant of concern in the UK.

While Covid-19 cases in most areas of the UK are at their lowest levels since August last year, there are concerns the Indian variant could see cases jump back up.

At present, there is no evidence the B16172 variant is resistant to current vaccines.

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Although deemed to be more transmissible, it does not feature the E484K mutation found in the South African variant of the virus, which could help the virus evade a person’s immune system and may affect how well coronavirus vaccines work.