Slough announced as an area of concern

Slough is now an 'area of concern' - which is one of the national measures designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This follows a rise in the number of positive cases within Slough. The number is now falling again.

As part of the Berkshire-wide Public Health team, we are monitoring the situation closely and supporting our colleagues in Slough Borough Council where we can. Like all local authorities, we have a local outbreak control plan in place for Reading and we are working hard with our partners to ensure we do everything we can to keep Reading safe.

Reading's numbers are currently considerably lower than in Slough, or other areas in England which have been a focus of national attention. Reading's current weekly rate (confirmed new cases per 100,000 people) has been stable at around 5 cases for the last few weeks. Reading has also seen dispersed individual cases rather than closely grouped clusters, which are indicators of concern. 

Contact tracing continues to work well in our borough, with a high proportion of cases being successfully and quickly contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.

There is no cause for alarm. However, it is a good reminder to us that we cannot become complacent. Remember to follow the guidance on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings. Also, if you think you have coronavirus symptoms (cough, fever, loss of sense of smell or taste), ensure you get tested, self-isolate and follow the NHS Test and Trace guidance closely.

Together we can keep everyone safe.

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