May 17 has arrived – and with it a further easing of Covid lockdown rules across England.
Pubs and restaurants will be able to open in Berkshire for the first time since the weekend in mid-December which saw most of the county move from level two to level three and then quickly to level four (except Slough, which was at level three since the end of the second confinement in early December).
Cinemas and other indoor attractions in Reading and other parts of the county will also welcome visitors for the first time in months – and there is even the option to vacation abroad in a limited number of countries (although some of those on the list won’t let anyone in).
However, easing restrictions does not mean that the coronavirus has been completely eradicated.
BerkshireLive looked at the figures for each region in the county according to the latest data, released Sunday evening by Public Health England.
What are the Covid infection rates in each region of Berkshire?
Slough, which generally has the highest rate in the county, continues to have the highest coronavirus infection rate in Berkshire – although it remains considerably lower than it was in late December and early January.
Slough Borough had 42 new confirmed cases in the week to May 11, which is a 27.6% drop from new Covid cases confirmed the previous week and gave the region as a whole a rate sliding from 28.1 per 100,000.
Elsewhere in the county, there were 36 new cases of Covid-19 in Reading in the seven days to May 11 – down 14.3% from the previous week and giving the borough a rate turnover of 22.3%.
West Berkshire confirmed 35 new cases in the week to May 11 – down 28.6% from the week before. This left the region with a continuing infection rate of 22.1 per 100,000 people.
With 30 new cases confirmed in the seven days to May 11, Wokingham saw a 57.9% week-over-week drop. This meant that the region as a whole had a continuous infection rate of 17.5 per 100,000.
Bracknell Forest had a turnover rate of 15.5 during the week ending May 11. The region had seen a total of 19 new cases in the seven days leading up to that date.
Windsor and Maidenhead had the lowest infection rate in any of Berkshire’s six local authority areas as of May 11. The Royal Borough has registered a total of 22 new cases in the seven days so far – down 42.1% from the previous week. .
Are there smaller areas of the county with an above average number of coronavirus cases?
Figures from Public Health England also divide the county into more than 100 mid-layer super-production areas, each with a population of around 7,200.
A large majority of those in Berkshire had two or fewer new confirmed cases in the seven days leading up to May 11.
The area with the highest infection rate was Mortimer and Aldermaston Wharf, which had a turnover rate of 137.6 per 100,000 population. In real terms, that means there were eight new cases.
Five other areas had infection rates between 50 and 99.9. These are Battle and Caversham Bridge in Reading, Earley in Wokingham, Newbury North West in West Berkshire and Wexham Lea and Langley Foxborough in Slough.