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Eight officers in Berkshire test positive for coronavirus

Eight police officers in west Berkshire have tested positive for coronavirus, their force has confirmed.

Thames Valley Police said on Tuesday the officers and other people who had close contact with them are self-isolating.

Other officers have been brought in to cover their absence.

Assistant Chief Constable Christian Bunt said it is "not having any impact" on the service the force provides.

He said early action was taken "in order to minimise the spread of the virus".

Woman who fell into river rescued by PCSO

A woman who had fallen into a river and was suffering with hypothermia was rescued after a police community support officer waded in to help.

PCSO Ali Blood was on cycle patrol along the River Ock in Abingdon on Thursday when she spotted the woman who was submerged up to her waist and had been unable to get anyone’s attention.

Firefighters from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service then waded in to take the PCSO back onto the river bank “which was a little steep for her”, according to Thames Valley Police.

The rescued woman is expected to make a full recovery.

The scene after the river rescue
Thames Valley Police

Man stabbed in the chest in Reading

A man was stabbed in the chest in an altercation between two groups in Reading.

The stabbed man, who is in his 20s, and a 19-year-old man who was hit with a bottle and has head injuries, are in hospital.

The incident happened in Strathy Close between 21:30 BST on Sunday and midnight on Monday following a party.

Det Insp Richard Jarvis said a thorough investigation is being carried out to establish what happened.

He said he wants people who left the scene in a white car shortly before police attended to come forward.

Strathy Close
A man was stabbed and another hit over the head with a bottle in Strathy Close in Reading
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6 hospital deaths reported in England

Daniel Wainwright

BBC England Data Unit

NHS England has reported six deaths of people with Covid-19 in hospitals in its latest daily figures.

The numbers are usually lower on Mondays than other weekdays because of weekend reporting lags.

However, along with yesterday's eight, this is only the second time since daily reports started being published in April that the England hospital death statistic has been a single digit.

One death was recorded at each of Northamptonshire Healthcare, Rotherham, Countess of Chester Hospital and East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trusts and two at Buckinghamshire Heathcare NHS Trust.

Chart showing hospital deaths by date of death