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Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire record some of the highest Covid-19 infection rates in country

Cambridge has the second highest rate of Covid-19 infection in the country - and South Cambridgeshire has the fourth.

The number of confirmed cases has plummeted since universal free testing was scrapped at the start of April, meaning the prevalence of the virus in the community is no longer clear from the data.

Covid-19 rates remain high in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire
Covid-19 rates remain high in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire

However, comparing official infection rates can give some clue as to how areas are faring.

For the week to April 17, Cambridge’s infection rate was 405.4 cases per 100,000 people, after 507 cases were confirmed, which was down 233 (31.5 per cent) on the previous week.

Only Torridge, in North Devon, had a higher rate in England, with 410.4 cases per 100,000 people.

South Cambridgeshire recorded 395.9 cases per 100,000 people, placing it fourth in the table, after 637 cases were confirmed, down 231 (26.6 per cent) on the previous seven days.

Other areas of Cambridgeshire came lower in the table.

East Cambridgeshire was 53rd in the table of 348 local authority areas in England and Wales, with an infection rate of 339.4 cases per 100,000 people.

Huntingdonshire was 114th, with a rate of 309, while Fenland was 206th, with a rate of 265.5.

At Addenbrooke’s, there were 82 patients with Covid-19 on its wards on Friday (April 22), which was down from 93 on April 14. Of the 82, six were in critical care.

Overall, across Cambridgeshire, the official number of cases fell by nearly a third, week-on-week.

You can see the breakdown of cases, infection rate and deaths within 28 days of a positive test by local authority area in this table.

And you can search for the number of cases in any area of the East of England in this table.

Covid-19 vaccinations are now available for all ages from five and upwards on a walk-in basis at Cambridgeshire's large-scale vaccination centres.

Spring boosters are also on offer to over-75s and the immunosuppressed, six months on from their last booster.

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Covid-19 vaccinations for children aged 5-11 and spring boosters for eligible over-75s now available on walk-on basis in Cambridgeshire

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