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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

Weekly Covid-19 Surveillance Report

A summary of data and information relating to covid-19. Find out how many cases there are in West Berkshire and how many people have died from covid-19.

Headline figures for this week (7 August 2020)

Table 1: Headline figures for Covid-19 

Total number of Covid-19 cases in West Berkshire (Pillar 1 and 2) (7 March to 6 August)

Total number of deaths (1 March to 24 July)


Number of Covid-19 cases reported this week in West Berkshire (Week 32: 27 July to 2 August)

Number of Covid-19 deaths reported this week (week ending 24 July)


How has the data changed this week?

The blue line on the chart below shows the 7 day rolling average of the daily number of cases of Covid-19. This helps to smooth out day-to-day variation and the effect of lower testing rates at the weekends. It also shows the long term trend more clearly.

The 7 day rolling average for each day is calculated by adding the number of cases for that day to the numbers of cases for the previous 6 days and dividing by 7.

As at 5 August, the 7 day rolling average of the number of positive tests for Covid-19 in West Berkshire is similar to the South East and England. 

7 day rolling average of covid19 cases 7 August
7 day rolling average of covid19 cases 7 August

 22 July 202029 July 20205 August 2020Total cases (cumulative)
Number of cases (seven day rolling average)

Is the rate increasing in West Berkshire?

The different nations, regions, upper tier local authorities and lower tier local authorities, vary enormously in population size. Areas with larger populations will tend to have more cases than those with smaller populations. To account for the different population sizes, rates are calculated. The count for each area is divided by the total population and multiplied by 100,000.

Whilst rates make it easier to compare different areas, they do not take into account other factors that may affect the numbers of cases, such as the age of the population or the amount of testing carried out.

Table 3: Cumulative rates of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population (correct as at 6 August 2020)

 Total number of casesRate
South East35,723389.1
Bracknell Forest391318.1
West Berkshire498314.3
Windsor and Maidenhead424280

Source: Coronavirus dashboard (updated daily) 

How many cases have there been in my local area?

Public Health England produce data on the number of covid-19 cases in a local area known as Middle Super Output Areas (MSOA). In some areas, the MSOA has the same boundary as an electoral Ward, but it can be different.

The data in table 4 shows the number of lab confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 reported by 5 August with specimen date up to 2 August 2020, for MSOAs in West Berkshire. Cases from pillar 1 and pillar 2 of the government's testing programme are included. Numbers from 0 to 2 (inclusive) are suppressed (represented by "..") in order to prevent others from being able to identify an individual. This therefore means that some of these MSOAs may have had positive cases of covid-19 but they are not shown in the table below, therefore care should be taken when interpreting this information (e.g. just because there are no numbers reported for week 29, it doesn't mean that there hasn't been any positive cases in West Berkshire this week).

Table 4: PHE Weekly MSOA Covid-19 positive cases. Week 32 report (up to week 31 data - ending 2 August 2020)

AreaWeek 26Week 27Week 28Week 29Week 30Week 31
Chieveley, East Ilsley and Compton............
Lambourn and Great Shefford............
Streatley and Pangbourne............
Purley on Thames............
Calcot North and Little Heath............
Hermitage and Cold Ash............
Calcot South............
Theale and Beenham............
Burghfield Common............
Newbury North West........5..
Newbury Clay Hill............
Newbury Central and Greenham............
Newbury South West............
Newbury Wash Common............
Thatcham West............
Thatcham Town....3......
Thatcham North East............
Thatcham South East and Bradfield............
Kintbury and Boxford............
Mortimer and Aldermaston Wharf............

Source: Public Health England Second Generation Surveillance System (SGSS).

How many deaths from Covid-19 have there been in my local area? 

All local authorities in England and Wales recorded an increase in age-standardised mortality rates involving Covid-19 between March and April 2020, followed by decreases in May and June 2020 for most areas; the mortality rate fell by more than half between April and June 2020 in nearly all local authorities.

Between March to June 2020, around a quarter of deaths in West Berkshire are Covid-19 related and this varies by MSOA.

Table 5: Provisional counts of the number of deaths involving coronavirus (Covid-19) - where Covid-19 is mentioned on a death certificate, regardless of whether an individual had a test for Covid-19

 No. Covid-19 deathsNo. Non-Covid-19 deathsAll causes of death
House of Commons Library MSOA Names4 month - March to June4 month - March to June4 month - March to June
Chieveley, East Ilsley and Compton01111
Lambourn and Great Shefford11718
Streatley and Pangbourne11415
Purley on Thames11011
Calcot North and Little Heath71219
Hermitage & Cold Ash31720
Calcot South3811
Theale and Beenham41519
Thatcham South East and Bradfield51419
Newbury North West122739
Newbury Clay Hill141832
Thatcham West41519
Burghfield Common61521
Thatcham Town303161
Thatcham North East31215
Kintbury and Boxford102535
Newbury Central and Greenham42731
Newbury South West42832
Newbury Wash Common61925
Mortimer and Aldermaston Wharf41721
Total deaths for West Berkshire131381512

Source: Office for National Statistics, published 24 July.

Figures on deaths published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) differ from those produced by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the UK's public health agencies for two main reasons: the time between death and reporting of the death, and the ONS's wider inclusion criteria.  Data from ONS includes deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate but not necessary confirmed by a positive Covid-19 test result.

Where have people died?

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in West Berkshire, the majority of deaths from coronavirus occurred in a care home or in hospital. 

Table 6: Place of death for West Berkshire residents who have died from Covid-19 (as of 24 July)

 HomeHospitalCare HomeHospiceOtherTotal

Source: Office for National Statistics


Pillar 1 and 2 testing

Pillar 1 and 2: combined data from both pillar 1 and pillar 2 of the government's Covid-19 testing programme

Pillar 1: data from swab testing in PHE labs and NHS hospitals for those with clinical need, and health and care workers

Pillar 2: data from swab testing for the wider population, as set out in government guidance

Super Output Areas (SOA)

SOAs were designed to improve the reporting of small area statistics and are built up from groups of output areas (OA).

Statistics for lower layer super output areas (LSOA) and middle layer super output areas (MSOA) were originally released in 2004 for England and Wales.

GeographyMinimum populationMaximum populationMinimum number of householdsMaximum number of households

Middle super output areas may have similar or different ward boundaries. You can read more on the House of Commons Library MSOA names webpage.