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Cambridgeshire has recorded its highest number of Covid-19 infections in a week since the pandemic began, provisional data suggests.

Based on reported figures for the week to Friday, December 3, which are subject to change, there were 3,790 confirmed cases reported in the county.

This number is based on the date that new cases were reported by the UK Health Security Agency, and therefore varies slightly to those figures based on the specimen (or testing) date. With the latter, the latest figures show 3,463 cases in the seven days to November 28, up 316 (10 per cent) on the previous week, which is the fourth highest weekly total of the pandemic. South Cambridgeshire also had its highest figure of the pandemic in this week, and Cambridge had its fourth highest.

An illustration of the Omicron variant
An illustration of the Omicron variant

The figures come in the week that the county recorded its first known case of the highly mutated Omicron variant, which was confirmed in South Cambridgeshire. On Friday, the UKHSA reported a further 75 known Omicron cases in England, taking the number to 104.

Below, we look at the impact of Covid-19 on every area of the county at a neighbourhood level, as well as hospitalisations and vaccinations.

Examining cases by age shows that infections rose in nearly every age group, except those aged 65-79, who may be befitting from the significant extra protection afforded by booster jabs, which is effective from about 14 days after they are administered.

The infection rate remains highest among schoolchildren, with 10-14 and 5-9 age groups most commonly affected.

The 10-14 age group has an infection rate of 1,476.3 - compared to 526.9 for all ages.

However, this number is below the infection rate seen in the age group leading up to the October half-term, when it reached 2,158.4. This may reflect increased vaccination among those aged 12 and up.

The figures will be of major concern to health authorities in Cambridgeshire, who this week revealed to the Cambridge Independent that they were considering extending the Enhanced Response Area status the county has had since November 1 to help fight the transmission of the virus ahead of Christmas. The county’s infection rate is significantly above the national average of 439.7.

Cambridgeshire, excluding Peterborough, has now recorded:

  • 82,763 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of December 3, 2021
  • 2,694 in the five days from November 29-December 3 according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 899 deaths by December 3 within 28 days of a positive test, with the most recent on December 1, two on November 29 and one on November 26
  • 1,075 deaths, as of November 19, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

Hospitalisations

Addenbrooke’s had 27 patients on its Covid-19 wards on Friday (December 3), four of whom were in critical care, while test results were awaited on 19 inpatients.

This was down slightly on 32 in the hospital on November 30, six of whom were in ventilation beds.

The Royal Papworth Hospital was caring for 11 patients with Covid-19 on November 30, eight of whom were in ventilation beds.

Vaccinations

Some 1,228,671 vaccinations had been administered in Cambridgeshire by December 2, with a further 320,350 in Peterborough, meaning more than 1.5 million jabs have been given in the areas since the pandemic began.

Four-fifths of Cambridgeshire’s population aged over 12 (80.2 per cent) have had a first dose, while 73.6 per cent have had two. A booster or third dose has been administered to 203,050 people in the county - 30.4 per cent. These percentages are slightly above the averages for England.

Boosters are currently available to those aged 40 and over who had their second dose six months or more ago. These can be accessed by appointment at vaccination centres, some GP surgeries and some pharmacies, or on a walk-in basis at large-scale vaccination centres in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, with the exception of Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club, which this week moved to appointments only.

The booster programme is due to be accelerated shortly, with details due to be announced o how all those aged 18 and over will be offered a booster jab by the end of January, with the gap from the second dose to the booster reduced to three months.

Those aged 12-15 will also soon be offered a second dose.

You can find more details about vaccination here.

Cambridge

Covid-19 cases rose by nearly a quarter in Cambridge in the week to November 28, with 675 recorded, up 131 (24.1 per cent) on the previous week.

This was the fourth highest rolling weekly number since the pandemic began, beaten only by the seven days to November 26 (677 cases), and by the week to January 3 (698) and January 4 (742),

The infection rate for the week to November 28 was 539.7 cases per 100,000 people.

The 101 cases seen in Trumpington in the week was the joint third highest figure for any MSOA (middle super output area) in Cambridge since the pandemic began. Only Central and West Cambridge, which recorded 114 cases in the week to November 15, 2020, and 136 in the week to July 4, 2021, has surpassed it.

Romsey, with 63 cases, had the second highest figure, while Eddington and Castle, with 31 cases, had the lowest figure in the city.

Cambridge has recorded:

  • 15,367confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of December 3, 2021
  • 547 in the five days from November 29-December 3, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 109 deaths by December 3 within 28 days of a positive test, the most recent of which were on November 26 and 23
  • 148 deaths, as of November 19, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

South Cambridgeshire

South Cambridgeshire has recorded its highest number of Covid-19 cases in a week since the pandemic began.

There were 982 confirmed in the week to November 28, up 73 (eight per cent) on the previous week. The infection rate was 610.3 cases per 100,000 people.

The district has also recorded Cambridgeshire’s first known case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 this week. The individual and contacts are now isolating.

Every area of South Cambridgeshire had more than 20 cases in the week, with Meldreth, Melbourn and Great Chishill recording the highest number, with 90, although this was down slightly on the 98 from the previous week.

Cambourne, with 85 cases, up from 59 the previous week, was next, while Sawston, with 21, had the fewest.

South Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 19,368 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of December 3, 2021
  • 811 cases in the five days from November 29-December 3, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 175 deaths by December 3 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on November 24 and 12
  • 221 deaths, as of November 19, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

East Cambridgeshire

East Cambridgeshire recorded 437 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the week to November 28, down eight (1.8 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate was 484.6 cases per 100,000 people and worst affected was North Ely, with 82 cases and Soham, with 79, while Swaffham and Bottisham had the fewest, with 21.

East Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 10,675 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of December 3, 2021
  • 331 cases in the five days from November 29-December 3, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 99 deaths by December 3 within 28 days of a positive test, the latest of which were on December 1, November 22 and 20
  • 120 deaths, as of November 19, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Huntingdonshire

The 1,050 cases of Covid-19 recorded in Huntingdonshire in the week to November 26 was the fifth highest rolling weekly total of the pandemic, with the top four all coming from October 11-14, peaking at 1,083.

The latest figures, for the week to November 28, show 1,023 confirmed cases, up 108 (11.8 per cent) on the previous week. The infection rate was 571.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Huntingdon Sapley and Oxmoor, with 82 cases, was worst hit, with Houghton, Hemingford and Fenstanton recording 79 and Godmanchester confirming 77.

The district’s lowest figure could be found in Warboys and Bury, with 22 cases.

Huntingdonshire has recorded:

  • 23,700 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of December 3, 2021
  • 793 cases in the five days from November 29-December 3, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 279 deaths by December 3 within 28 days of a positive test, including two on November 29 and two on November 23
  • 322 deaths, as of November 19, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Fenland

There was a slight increase in Covid-19 case numbers in the week to November 28 in Fenland, with 346 recorded.

This was up 12 (3.6 per cent) on the previous week and took the infection rate to 338.9 cases per 100,000 people.

Wisbech North, with 50 cases, had the highest number in Fenland, with Wisbech South and Peckover recording 46. The lowest figure was in March North, with 13.

Fenland has recorded:

  • 13,653 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of December 3, 2021
  • 212 cases in the five days from November 29-December 3, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 237 deaths by December 3 within 28 days of a positive test, the latest of which were on November 11 and 9
  • 264 deaths, as of November 19, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Peterborough

There were 923 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Peterborough in the week to November 28. This was up 16 (1.8 per cent) on the previous week, and took the infection rate to 455.5 cases per 100,000, above the national average of 439.7.

Stanground was again the worst hit area, with 128 cases, although this was down on the 147 from the previous week. Werrington, with 16 cases, was least affected.

Peterborough has recorded:

  • 35,555 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of December 3, 2021
  • 642 cases in the five days from November 29-December 3, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 381 deaths by December 3 within 28 days of a positive test, with the latest on December 2 and November 27
  • 417 deaths, as of November 19, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

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