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2,000 Covid-19 infections in a week in Cambridgeshire - and every area sees a rise in cases





Cambridgeshire recorded more than 2,000 Covid-19 cases in a week as the infection rate rose by more than a quarter.

Cambridge and Peterborough were in the top 20 for highest infection rates in the country during the week to August 8.

Daily Covid-19 case numbers in Cambridgeshire since June 1, 2021. Graph: PHE
Daily Covid-19 case numbers in Cambridgeshire since June 1, 2021. Graph: PHE

Below, we look in detail at every area of the county, down to a neighbourhood level.

All areas of Cambridgeshire saw a rise during the week. There were 2008 cases recorded in the seven days to August 8 across the county, up 445 (28.5 per cent). Peterborough had another 915 cases (up 284, or 42.6 per cent).

There have been 11 Covid-19 related deaths in Cambridgeshire since July 18, with five more in Peterborough in that time.

Covid-19 patients at Cambridge University Hospitals since November. Graph: PHE
Covid-19 patients at Cambridge University Hospitals since November. Graph: PHE

Addenbrooke’s had 36 Covid patients on its wards as of Tuesday August 10, including four on ventilation. The number of Covid patients in the hospital has been growing since the start of July as the latest wave took its effect, and the August 10 figure was the highest since March 14.

However, thanks to the vaccination programme, it remains well below the 265 seen at the peak of the wave in January.

The Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge had 10 Covid-19 patients on its ward on August 10, eight of them on ventilation.

The latest data shows Cambridgeshire, excluding Peterborough, has now recorded:

  • 40,621 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of August 13, 2021
  • 1,287 in the five days from August 9-13 according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 815 deaths by August 13 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on August 7
  • 992 deaths, as of July 30, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

Vaccinations

Across Cambridgeshire, 79.5 per cent of over-18s have had their first dose, while 67.7 per cent have had both doses. These figures are narrowly above the national averages of 78.5 per cent (first dose) and 66.9 per cent (both doses).

However, official data suggests Cambridge is lagging behind significantly, with only 63.8 per cent having had the first dose and 48.4 per cent having had both. While this may partly reflect an inflated population estimate, health officials have expressed concern that Cambridge is behind most areas in its vaccination roll-out.

By contrast, in South Cambridgeshire, 86.6 per cent of adults have had their first dose and three-quarters (75 per cent) have had both.

Daily walk-in vaccination centres are available across the county. You can see a full list here.

And vaccinations are now available to those aged 16 and 17, in addition to all over-18s.

Cambridge

Cambridge has one of the highest infection rates in the country, at 428.6 cases per 100,000 in the week to August 8.

There were 536 cases, up 102 (23.5 per cent) on the previous week, with its relatively low vaccination rate thought to be playing a key part in driving infections.

Infections were seen across the city, but Trumpington, with 50 cases, and Romsey, with 40, were worst hit.

Two more Covid-19 deaths were recorded in the city recently - on July 23 and 24.

Cambridge has recorded:

  • 9,141 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of August 13, 2021
  • 259 in the five days from August 9-13, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 90 deaths by August 13 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on July 24, with another on July 23;
  • 136 deaths, as of July 30, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

South Cambridgeshire

Covid-19 cases have been rising in South Cambridgeshire too, with 494 cases recorded in the week to August 8, up 123 (33.2 per cent) on the previous week.

This meant the infection rate was 307 cases per 100,000 people.

Papworth, Caxton and Fen Drayton had a significant spike, with 54 cases, as did Histon, Impington and Orchard Park, with 52, while case numbers remained high in Cambourne, with 43, compared to 48 the previous week. Bar Hill and Boxworth, with five cases, remained the area with the lowest numbers.

Three more Covid-19 deaths were recorded on July 31 in the district.

South Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 8,816 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of August 13, 2021
  • 313 cases in the five days from August 9-13, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 166 deaths by August 13 within 28 days of a positive test, with three on July 31
  • 206 deaths, as of July 30, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

East Cambridgeshire

Confirmed Covid-19 cases also rose in East Cambridgeshire, with 273 recorded, up 80 (41.5 per cent). This took the infection rate to 302.8 cases per 100,000 people.

North Ely, with 29 cases, and Soham and South Ely, with 26 each, were worst hit.

The latest Covid-19 related death in the district was recorded on July 29.

East Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 4,532 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of August 13, 2021
  • 220 cases in the five days from August 9-13, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 88 deaths by August 13 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on July 29
  • 110 deaths, as of July 30, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Huntingdonshire

Huntingdonshire also recorded a rise in case numbers, although it was less pronounced than elsewhere in Cambridgeshire.

There were 460 cases in the week to August 8, up 46 (11.1 per cent), taking the infection rate to 257 cases per 100,000 people.

Worst hit were Yaxley and Farcet, with 50 cases, and Huntingdon Central and West, with 35.

Two more Covid-19 related deaths were recorded on August 2 and 3.

Huntingdonshire has recorded:

  • 11,134 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of August 13, 2021
  • 310 cases in the five days from August 9-13, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 257 deaths by August 13 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on August 2 and 3
  • 304 deaths, as of July 30, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Fenland

There was a steep rises in Covid-19 cases in Fenland in the week to August 8, with 245 recorded, up 94 (62.3 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate was 240 cases per 100,000 people and a further Covid-19 related death was recorded on August 7.

Worst hit was Wisbech South and Peckover, with 23 cases, while Whittlesey had 20.

Fenland has recorded:

  • 6,998 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of August 13, 2021
  • 167 cases in the five days from August 9-13, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 214 deaths by August 13 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on August 7
  • 239 deaths, as of July 30, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Peterborough

Peterborough had one of the highest infection rates in the country in the week to August 8, at 469.3 cases per 100,000 people.

There were 951 Covid-19 cases recorded, up 284 (42.6 per cent) on the previous week, with West Town and Woodston recording 75 and Peterborough Central recording 68.

Two more Covid-19 related deaths were recorded on August 8 and 9.

Peterborough has recorded:

  • 20,200 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of August 13, 2021
  • 646 cases in the five days from August 9-13, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 334 deaths by August 13 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on August 8 and 9
  • 383 deaths, as of July 30, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

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