​Two areas in Berkshire have seen no new coronavirus cases for the first time since the pandemic began.

Public Health England has recorded 19 new lab-confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, in areas including Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead.

These figures, correct as of Sunday, April 4, at 4pm, bring the latest total for the county to 55,799.

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The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

  • Bracknell Forest - 4 cases, 7,018 total
  • Reading - 0 cases, 10,778 total
  • West Berkshire - 0 cases, 6,305 total
  • Slough - 12 cases, 15,192 total
  • Wokingham - 1 case, 8,146 total
  • Windsor and Maidenhead - 2 cases, 8,360 total

There have now been 4,359,388 people across the UK who have tested positive for Covid-19.

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

  • Bracknell Forest - 37.5
  • Wokingham - 32.1
  • Reading - 32.1
  • Slough - 90.3
  • West Berkshire - 24
  • Windsor and Maidenhead - 51.5

Deaths

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The Government said a further 10 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Sunday, bringing the UK total to 126,836.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have been 150,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

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Vaccinations

Government data up to April 3 shows that of the 36,904,755 jabs given in the UK so far, 31,523,010 were first doses – a rise of 97,328 on the previous day.

Some 5,381,745 were second doses, an increase of 176,240.

The breakdown for regions is:

– East of England: 3,206,773 first doses and 476,627 second doses, making 3,683,400 in total
– North East and Yorkshire: 4,194,155 first and 775,359 second doses (4,969,514)
– North West: 3,409,239 first and 574,444 second doses (3,983,683)
– South East: 4,365,782 first and 715,272 second doses (5,081,054)
– South West: 2,969,195 first and 476,158 second doses (3,445,353)

In today's national Covid news

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Boris Johnson is to set out plans to develop a “Covid status certification” scheme to enable the safe return of mass gatherings and indoor events as lockdown restrictions ease in England.

The Government is to begin trials to enable the safe return of crowds to mass gatherings including Wembley football cup finals and indoor events such as comedy clubs as it prepares to launch its so-called “vaccine passport”.

People attending a range of sporting events, conferences and clubs will be tested both before and after in the next step towards the easing of restrictions in England.