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Cambridgeshire records highest weekly number of Covid-19 cases since January, driven by infections in children and 40-somethings



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Cambridgeshire has recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases in a seven-day period since the first couple of weeks of January.

There were 2,675 cases recorded in the week to October 1, according to provisional figures.

This rolling seven-day total has only been beaten during the pandemic 13 times, all by days between January 2 and 14, when the second wave was at its peak.

Below, we look area by area to show how every part of the county has been affected, down to a neighbourhood level.

The latest confirmed figures, which run to September 26, show the highest infection rates are being seen among children, with those aged 10-14 by far the most likely to catch Covid in the county.

The infection rate in this age group was 2158.4 cases per 100,000 - meaning one in about 46 children in Cambridgeshire had the virus during the week to September 26. Vaccinations are now being rolled out to schools to those aged 12-15.

The 15-19 age group was the second most affected, with one in 133 affected, while those aged five to nine were next, with one in 149 recorded as having Covid-19.

The age groups 40-44 and 45-49 were next worst affected, which is likely to include many parents of children affected, since while vaccination significantly reduces your chances of catching Covid, it does not eliminate it. You are, however, much more likely to avoid hospitalisation.

And indeed the younger age profile of the majority of cases and the vaccination programme means hospital numbers during September have been stable.

The starkest expression of the impact of vaccination can be seen in the number of deaths. While 250 Covid-related deaths within 28 days of a positive test were recorded in Cambridgeshire in January, in September there have been 18 - nearly 14 times fewer.

Cambridge University Hospitals, which runs Addenbrooke’s, has warned that many of the Covid cases it is seeing on its wards are among those who have not been vaccinated.

You can see a list of walk-in vaccination centres and their opening times here.

In the week to September 26, there were 2,568 confirmed cases in Cambridgeshire, up 555 (27.6 per cent) on the previous week, taking the infection rate to 390.7 cases per 100,000 people, above the national rate of 358.3.

Cambridgeshire, excluding Peterborough, has now recorded:

  • 55,472 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 1, 2021
  • 1,605 in the five days from September 27-October 1 according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 844 deaths by October 1 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on September 28, 22, 21 and 18, with three on September 17 and one on September 16
  • 1,023 deaths, as of September 17, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

Hospitalisations

Addenbrooke’s had 24 patients on its Covid wards on September 28, eight of whom were on ventilation. There have been just three days in September, up to September 28, when the hospital has not admitted new patients to its Covid wards, but these were all since September 20.

Royal Papworth Hospital had eight patients on its Covid wards on September 28, six of whom were on ventilation.

Cambridge

There was a small rise in Covid-19 cases in the week to September 26, with 319 recorded, up 20 (6.7 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate was 255.1 cases per 100,000 people.

Trumpington was worst hit, with 71 cases, up from 67. By contrast, King’s Hedges had just five cases, down from 13. Petersfield, with 39 cases, up from 27, was the second worst affected.

Cambridge has recorded:

  • 11,471 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 1, 2021
  • 152 in the five days from September 27-October 1, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 98 deaths by October 1 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on September 22 and 17
  • 140 deaths, as of September 17, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

South Cambridgeshire

There was also a small rise in case in South Cambridgeshire in the week to September 26, with 476 recorded. This was up 54 (12.8 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate was 295.8 cases per 100,000 people, which is below the national average.

Worst affected was Cambourne, which saw a substantial increase in cases from 35 to 61. Next worst affected was Papworth, Caxton and Fen Drayton, with 55 cases, up from 50. Little Shelford, Foxton and Haslingfield was the least affected area with eight.

South Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 12,070 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 1, 2021
  • 363 cases in the five days from September 27-October 1, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 169 deaths by October 1 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on September 16 and 5
  • 213 deaths, as of September 17, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

East Cambridgeshire

East Cambridgeshire witnessed a substantial rise in cases in the week to September 26, with 420 recorded, up 165 (64.7 per cent). The infection rate was 465.8 cases per 100,000, which was above the national average.

But it was a very mixed picture across the district, with 88 cases in Haddenham, Stretham and Witchford, up from 55. Little Downham and Sutton recorded 78, up from 39, while North Ely had 70 cases, up from 42. However, Burwell had just five cases and Swaffham and Bottisham had just seven.

East Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 6,474 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 1, 2021
  • 216 cases in the five days from September 27-October 1, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 90 deaths by October 1 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on September 7
  • 113 deaths, as of September 17, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Huntingdonshire

Covid-19 cases in Huntingdonshire rose by more than a third in the week to September 26.

There were 871 cases, up 229 (35.7 per cent) on the previous week, taking the infection rate to 486.6 cases per 100,000 people, which was above the national average.

Worst affected was Little Paxton, Love's Farm and Great Gransden, with 83 cases, up from 58, while Godmanchester had 72, up from 43.

Huntingdonshire has recorded:

  • 15,696 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 1, 2021
  • 544 cases in the five days from September 27-October 1, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 266 deaths by October 1 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on September 18 and 17
  • 312 deaths, as of September 17, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Fenland

The number of Covid-19 cases in Fenland rose by more than a fifth in the week to September 26.

There were 482 recorded, up 87 (22 per cent), taking the infection rate to 472.2 cases per 100,000 people, which is above the national average.

Doddington, Wimblington and Manea had 70 cases, up from 41 last week, while Whittlesey had 62, but this was down from 89.

Fenland has recorded:

  • 9,761 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 1, 2021
  • 330 cases in the five days from September 27-October 1, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 221 deaths by October 1 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on September 28, 21 and 17
  • 245 deaths, as of September 17, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Peterborough

Covid-19 cases in Peterborough rose by a fifth in the week to September 26, with 782 recorded, up 140 (21.8 per cent) on the previous week.

This took the infection rate to 385.9, above the national average of 358.3.

Eye and Thorney, with 56 cases, up from 41, was worst affected, with Fengate and Parnwell next, with 53, and Dogsthorpe recorded 52.

Peterborough has recorded:

  • 26,145 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 1, 2021
  • 573 cases in the five days from September 27-October 1, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 354 deaths by October 1 within 28 days of a positive test, with the most recent on September 21, 20 and 17
  • 400 deaths, as of September 17, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

The global picture

Vaccinations by country

In the UK, PHE is currently updating its vaccination data to include 12 to 15-year-olds.

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