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At last... welcome news on Covid-19 infection rates for Cambridge and Cambridgeshire ahead of lockdown ending





Lockdown restrictions have been successful at bringing down Covid-19 infection rates across Cambridgeshire, latest figures show.

The number of cases in Cambridge is at its lowest level for months.

The second lockdown helped bring down infection rates in Cambridgeshire
The second lockdown helped bring down infection rates in Cambridgeshire

Public Health England data shows there were 95 cases in the week to November 25, down 132 (58.1 per cent) on the preceding seven days.

This took the infection rate down from 181.0 cases per 100,000 to 76.1 - well below the national average.

Key to this was a reduction in cases at the University of Cambridge - where just six cases were recorded by its testing programme in the week of November 23-29. compared to 52 the week before and 234 a fortnight earlier.

The effect of lockdown has been clear to see across South Cambridgeshire too, with 76 cases in the week to November 25, down 64 (45.7 per cent) on the preceding seven days.

The infection rate stood at 47.8 cases per 100,000 compared to 117.5 the previous week.

In East Cambridgeshire, there were 58 cases, down seven week-on-week, and the infection rate fell from 81.3 cases per 100,000 to 64.6.

Huntingdonshire recorded 104 cases, down 29 (21.8 per cent) week-on-week, with the infection rate declining from 74.7 cases per 100,000 to 58.4

And in Fenland there were 108 cases, down eight (6.9 per cent), with the infection rate of 106 cases per 100,000 down from 113.9.

Only in Peterborough did the number of infections rise in the week to November 25, with 409 cases recorded, up 11 (2.8 per cent), taking the infection rate up from 196.8 cases per 100,000 to 202.2, which is substantially higher than the national average.

Cambridgeshire will be in Tier 2 from December 2, 2020.
Cambridgeshire will be in Tier 2 from December 2, 2020.

For the other areas, however, the figures represented a welcome trend as lockdown ends on December 2, when Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be going into Tier 2 of the government restrictions, designed to help keep the infection rate low ahead of Christmas.

Public health officials have urged people to maintain physical distancing and hygiene measures to prevent cases ticking up once more.


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