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Coronavirus in Cambridge and across Cambridgeshire: Find out if the numbers of cases and deaths are rising where you live





Cambridgeshire recorded 525 laboratory-confirmed coronavirus infections in the week to November 1.

Latest coronavirus figures for Cambridgeshire show 525 infections in a week
Latest coronavirus figures for Cambridgeshire show 525 infections in a week

With the country now in its second lockdown, there was some encouraging news, however, at a local level. Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire and Fenland all recorded fewer cases than the previous week. Peterborough and Huntingdonshire, however, recorded more.

There have been 416 deaths in Cambridgeshire in which coronavirus is recorded on the death certificate, latest figures show and a further 117 in Peterborough, although the numbers are lower - a total of 406 for both areas - if only cases in which a death followed within 28 days of a positive Covid test are included. Two coronavirus-related deaths - one in Fenland and one in Peterborough - were recorded in the last 24 hours.

Here, we look in detail at the numbers for every district of the county.

Cambridge

Cambridge has had 1,300 confirmed Covid-19 infections since the pandemic began, including 180 in the 10 days to November 5.

But the week-on-week trend has improved. In the week to November 1, there were 182 cases, down 60 on the preceding seven days.

The weekly infection of 145.8 cases per 100,000 for the week to November 1 was just below the national average.

Central and West Cambridge, with 50 cases, and Eddington and Castle, with 34 cases, were the worst affected areas in the week, partly reflecting the student populations there. However, there are signs that the University of Cambridge’s testing regime - which tests both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals - is having an impact on reducing infections among students and staff. If confirmed 78 cases in the week of October 26-November 1, exactly half the number of the preceding week.

Cambridge has now had 83 deaths in which coronavirus is mentioned on the death certificate, including one in the week ending October 16. Of those, 36 occurred in hospital and 43 in care homes, with three at home and one in a hospice. The cause of death may not always has been coronavirus. Public Health England records 46 deaths within 28 days of a positive test in Cambridge.

On Tuesday, Addenbrooke’s had 14 Covid patients on its wards, with four at neighbouring Royal Papworth Hospital.

South Cambridgeshire

South Cambridgeshire has had 1,060 confirmed Covid-19 infections since the pandemic began, including 138 in the 10 days to November 5.

The weekly trend has improved slightly, with 101 cases in the seven days to November 1, down 13 on the previous week. The infection rate of 63.5 cases per 100,000 for the week to November 1 was below the national average.

But there was a spike in cases in Papworth, Caxton and Fen Drayton, where 15 cases were recorded in the latest figures, up from five the previous week.

Linton and Balsham had nine, while the Bar Hill and Boxworth area recorded the highest number of cases it has had since the start of the pandemic, with five. The last time the area had more than two confirmed cases was April 20-26, when it had three - although of course not as many people were tested in the early days of the outbreak.

The district has had 61 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began, including one in the week ending September 11. Of those deaths, 38 have been in hospital, 21 in care homes and two at home.

The cause of death may not always has been coronavirus. Public Health England records 39 deaths within 28 days of a positive test in South Cambridgeshire.

East Cambridgeshire

East Cambridgeshire remains one of the areas of the country with the lowest case rates.

To November 5, it has recorded 448 Covid-19 infections, 56 of them in the preceding 10 days.

There were 34 cases in the seven days to November 1, down five on the previous week.

Soham, with 10 cases, recorded a notable outbreak, while there were nine in Haddenham, Stretham and Witchford, five in South Ely and three each in North Ely and in the Dullingham and Cheveley area.

East Cambridgeshire has had 51 deaths in which coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate. Of those, 31 were in hospital, 16 in care homes, three at home and one occurred in a hospice.

The cause of death may not always has been coronavirus. Public Health England records 34 deaths within 28 days of a positive test in East Cambridgeshire.

Huntingdonshire

There have been 1,624 confirmed coronavirus infections in Huntingdonshire since the pandemic began, the latest figures show, including 161 in the 10 days to November 5.

Unlike South and East Cambridgehire and Cambridge, the trend worsened week-on-week, with 120 in the seven days to November 1, up 26.

The case rate of 67.4 per 100,000 remained well below the national average, however.

Huntingdon Sapley and Oxmoor, with 12 cases, Yaxley and Farcet, with 10 cases, and St Ives South, with nine cases, were the worst affected, while four areas - Houghton, Hemingford and Fenstanton, Huntingdon Hartford, Sawtry and Gidding and St Neots Priory Park - recorded 0-2 cases (Public Health England suppresses the data below three cases to prevent the identification of individuals).

Huntingdonshire has now recorded 138 deaths in which coronavirus was referred to on the death certificate to date, including two in the week ending October 23, one in the week ending October 16 and one in the week ending September 11. Of those deaths, 91 were in hospital, 36 were in care homes, 10 were at home and one person died elsewhere.

The cause of death may not always has been coronavirus. Public Health England records 112 deaths within 28 days of a positive test in Huntingdonshire.

Fenland

Fenland has had 896 confirmed coronavirus infections to date, including 105 in the 10 days to November 5.

It had 88 cases in the week of October 26-November 1, down three on the previous week, and weekly infection rate of 86.4 cases per 100,000 was below the national average.

But there were four particular areas of concern. Leverington, Gorefield and Tydd St Giles had 15 cases in the week, as did Wisbech South and Peckover. Whittlesey also had 15, but this was down from 28 the previous week. Wisbech North had 13 cases.

The district has recorded 83 coronavirus-related deaths, including two in the week ending September 25.

Of those, 61 were at hospital, 18 were in care homes, three were at home and one was in a hospice.

The cause of death may not always has been coronavirus. Public Health England records 73 deaths within 28 days of a positive test in Fenland, including one in the last day.

Peterborough

Peterborough has had 3,037 confirmed Covid-19 infections since the pandemic began, 334 in the 10 days to November 5.

With 299 cases recorded in the week of October 26-November 1, weekly numbers were up by 36. The infection rate of 147.8 was narrowly below the national average.

The worst affected area was Central Park with 35 cases.

There have been 117 coronavirus-related deaths in the city to date, including one in the week ending October 23, two the preceding week and six more in hospital.

Of those, 80 died in hospital, 30 in care homes, five at home, one in a hospice and one elswhere.

The cause of death may not always has been coronavirus. Public Health England records 102 deaths within 28 days of a positive test in Peterborough, including one in the last day.

The picture across the UK

England’s second lockdown began on Thursday November 5 and is due to last until December 2.

It comes with the latest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK rose to 1,146,484 since the pandemic began, up 23,287 people in the last day.

A further 355 people have died within 28 days of a positive test, the latest figures show, taking the UK total to 48,475 - although the actual number will be higher, as there were fewer tests carried out in the first wave of the pandemic.

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