The number of Covid cases in part of Berkshire has reached an all-time high, according to the latest figures.
Cases in West Berkshire have tripled in the past month, meaning levels are the highest ever seen during the pandemic.
There are now around 300 new cases of covid per day, with health officials saying they can’t yet say when those numbers will peak.
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“It’s hard to predict when we might reach a peak,” Matt Pearce, director of services for communities and wellness, told the Local Outbreak Engagement Board on Monday, January 10.
“There are some indicators that London is at a peak, but we need a few more days of data to see it, and we’re a few weeks behind.
“We are seeing huge numbers here. About 3,300 in the last seven days.
“The number of cases is much higher than what we have ever seen during the pandemic.
“About 32% of people tested are positive. That’s three times more than when we last met. It just shows the speed and spread of the new Omicron variant.
“The vast majority of Omicron cases affect younger people, but we have yet to see what transmission looks like in schools.”
The numbers are the second highest in Berkshire, with Bracknell Forest summit at 36.3% of those testing positive. The Southeast average is 31.3 percent.
He said hospital data showed a significant increase in activity, with the number doubling in the past month.
He said there were 75 patients at Royal Berkshire Hospital over the past month, double the number from the previous month.
“Fewer are seriously ill,” he said. “And not as much on ventilators, but those in intensive care tend to be partially or unvaccinated.”
No deaths have been reported among residents of West Berkshire over the past week.
The meeting also learned that all over 18s in West Berkshire have now been offered a booster dose.
A tribute was paid to volunteers at the city cricket club’s Hungerford Pop-Up Center jab, which delivered 7,549 boosters, double the expected amount.
Thirty people also received vaccines at the Newbury soup kitchen in December, issued by Thatcham Medical Practice and Tilehurst Surgery, vaccinated Afghan refugees staying in hotels in the area.
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