ALMOST 200 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Berkshire in the past 24 hours, according to latest figures.

Public Health England has recorded 197 lab-confirmed cases in the past 24 hours in areas including Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead.

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These figures, correct as of 4.48pm on Monday, November 23, bring the county's lab-confirmed positive Covid-19 tests total to 13,001, according to Public Health England.

The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

Reading - 37 cases, 2,489 total

West Berkshire - 14 cases, 1,582 total

Bracknell - 7 cases, 1,335 total

Wokingham - 30 cases, 1,945 total

Slough - 69 cases, 2,239 total

Windsor & Maidenhead - 40 cases, 2,239 total

The latest 7-day rate per 100,000 people locally are as follows:

Reading - 157.6 per 100,000 people

West Berkshire - 99.1 per 100,000 people

Bracknell - 107.7 per 100,000 people

Wokingham - 114.5 per 100,000 people

Slough - 345.7 per 100,000 people

Windsor & Maidenhead - 161.8 per 100,000 people

There have now been 1,527,495 cases of Covid-19 across the UK – as of Monday, November 23 at 4.48pm.

The total number of deaths - those with Covid-19 listed on the death certificate - across the UK has now reached 63,873.

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In today's national coronavirus news:

Plans to allow families to reunite over Christmas will be thrashed out by the Government with the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A Cobra meeting bringing together the UK Government and the devolved administrations will be held on Tuesday afternoon to agree on a four-nation approach to relaxing coronavirus restrictions over the festive period.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has acknowledged the risks involved in a Christmas relaxation, saying it is the "season to be jolly careful", but is determined to give families the chance to meet up at the end of a grim year.

Ahead of the Cobra meeting chaired by Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there could be a "slight and careful" easing of the rules for a few days.

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said there would need to be a cautious approach both before Christmas and in the "aftermath" because of the risk that increased household mixing could spread the virus.