As national numbers inexorably increase, your Borough Council is returning to readiness and redeploying resources to Covid related activities, the first activity of which is the Council test and trace.

Inevitably, unless there is change in the expectation more will follow.

We have postponed opening the still-closed libraries.

We have restored the Gold, Silver and Bronze meetings, Leader’s briefings, and other institutions which existed in the height of the emergency in March.

Our objective is to keep our residents safe and to support our businesses.

Sadly our rates in Wokingham have also increased though they are not at the national level.

Our hope that last week’s numbers would be reversed were marred.

There has been an increase in cases with 60 cases recorded over the past week (up until 4thOctober), this gives a weekly rate of 35.1 per 100,000 as indicated in the table below.

This is an increase of 40% from the previous week. (It is this weekly rate that is comparable to the rates used for quarantine of returning travellers.)

Wokingham remains below the England weekly rate of 108 per 100,000 but marginally above the South East weekly rate of 34.7 per 100,000, along with other Berkshire LAs.

On the 8th October there were 820 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among Wokingham residents since the beginning of the pandemic.

This is a rate of 479.2 per 100,000 people considering all cases to date. We remain well below the England average 827.4 per 100,000 people.

For comparison on 8th October there were 7557 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among Leicester residents since the beginning of the pandemic, which is a rate of 2133.4 per 100,000 people considering all cases to date.

The Berkshire weekly rates for information:

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