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Coronavirus: How many Covid-19 deaths have there been in Cambridgeshire - and which is the worst-affected area?




There have been 335 deaths from Covid-19 across Cambridgeshire, the latest figures show.

Cambridge has recorded 50 of those, with 43 in South Cambridgeshire, 41 in East Cambridgeshire and 76 in Fenland.

Huntingdonshire is the worst-affected area of the county, with 125 deaths related to the coronavirus recorded by the afternoon of Wednesday July 8, the data from Public Health England shows.

Peterborough, which is counted separately, has recorded a further 98 Covid-19 deaths to this date, and there have been 1,287 confirmed cases there.

Across Cambridgeshire, 2,203 cases have been confirmed, with Huntingdonshire accounting for 874 of those and Fenland 471.

Cambridge has had 321 cases, South Cambridgeshire has had marginally more with 345, while in East Cambridgeshire there have been just 192 confirmed.

Care should be taken in interpreting these figures, however, as the number of cases confirmed could be affected by the proximity to testing centres.

Many more cases of Covid-19 will have gone unrecorded because no test was carried out, particularly among those who suffered milder symptoms.

Examining the cases rate per 100,000 people may still give some indication, however, of how severely an area has been hit by the virus.

Peterborough is by far the worst hit in the area, with 640.2 cases per 100,000, compared to 338.2 per 100,000 in Cambridgeshire.

There are significant variations within the county, however, with Huntingdonshire (492.8 per 100,000) and Fenland (464.1) faring worse than Cambridge (255.3), South Cambridgeshire (219) or East Cambridgeshire (214.9).

A drive-through testing site
A drive-through testing site

However, this means East Cambridgeshire has the highest proportion of deaths to confirmed cases, at 21.4 per cent, with Fenland (16.1 per cent) next, followed by Cambridge (15.6 per cent), Huntingdonshire (14.3 per cent) and South Cambridgeshire (12.4 per cent), while Peterborough had a proportion of 7.6 per cent.

These disparities suggest there may have been significantly differing levels of testing in different parts of the county.

As of Saturday afternoon, there had been 124 coronvirus-related deaths at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

This interactive map demonstrates how areas of Cambridgeshire have compared to other areas.

And this map demonstrates the cumulative rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 across the country, and can be altered by date.

It shows significantly higher case rates in Leicester and in Ashford in Kent.

Across the UK, there have officially 44,517 Covid-19 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon.

However, excess death rates - the number of deaths above average levels for the time of year - suggest the true total could be thousands higher.

For the first 12 weeks of the year, the death rate was actually lower than the five-year average.

However, once the coronavirus hit, the excess death rate spiked.

The Office for National Statistics reports: “Between weeks 13 and 22, 157,687 deaths were registered, which was 57,961 more than the five-year average.”

The death rate has since returned to normal levels.

Public Health England's weekly surveillance report, published July 8, 2020 (38156104)
Public Health England's weekly surveillance report, published July 8, 2020 (38156104)
Public Health England's weekly surveillance report, published July 8, 2020 (38156388)
Public Health England's weekly surveillance report, published July 8, 2020 (38156388)
Public Health England's weekly surveillance report, published July 8, 2020 (38156390)
Public Health England's weekly surveillance report, published July 8, 2020 (38156390)
Public Health England's weekly surveillance report, published July 8, 2020 (38156030)
Public Health England's weekly surveillance report, published July 8, 2020 (38156030)

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