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Latest coronavirus cases in Cambridgeshire by neighbourhood: Data to November 13 suggests lockdown came at critical moment




Analysis of coronavirus data by the Cambridge Independent has revealed that 21 areas of Cambridgeshire recorded their highest weekly infection rates in the week that the second lockdown came into force.

It suggests the restrictions came not a moment too soon to control the infection in many areas of Cambridgeshire.

Here, we analyse the data by area right up to Friday November 13, and explore in detail what was happening in our local communities in the week the second lockdown began.

Coronavirus cases have been rising in many parts of the country
Coronavirus cases have been rising in many parts of the country

The county has now recorded 6,234 laboratory-confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 178 confirmed on Friday November 13.

There have been 335 deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate since the outbreak began, including two in the last week. Of these a total of 309 came within 28 days of a positive test, including one of those in the last week.

About 50 Cambridgeshire schools have recorded infections in one week.

Peterborough has had 3,480 cases and 109 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, or 120 if all deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate are included.

Lockdown came into force on November 5 and is due to last until December 2.

Figures for November 2-8 show areas including Romsey in Cambridge, Histon, Impington and Orchard Park in South Cambridgeshire and Soham in East Cambridgeshire were among the 21recording their largest spikes in cases since the pandemic began, although it should be noted that testing rates have increased. A further 13 areas of Peterborough had their highest case totals that week.

Cambridge

Daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in Cambridge. Graph: Gov.UK (43127239)
Daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in Cambridge. Graph: Gov.UK (43127239)

Cambridge had 290 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the 10 days to November 11.

The latest daily report shows 63 cases were confirmed on November 13, with none on November 12, although that may be updated. It leaves the total number of confirmed cases in the city since the pandemic began to 1,612.

For the week to November 8, there were 215 cases, 33 more than the previous seven-day period. The infection rate for the week to November 8 was 172.3 cases per 100,000, just below the national average.

With 65 cases, Central and West Cambridge continued to be the worst affected area in the city for the week to November 8, while Eddington and Castle had 33.

Cases in Romsey trebled from six to 18 in the week. This was the highest number recorded in Romsey since the outbreak began. Also recording their highest weekly totals were:

  • Coleridge, with 13 cases, up from 11 the previous week;
  • East Barnwell, with 14 cases, up from eight the previous week;
  • West Chesterton, with 11 cases, up eight the previous week.

King’s Hedges, with four cases, and East Chesterton, with five, had the lowest numbers for the week.

The University of Cambridge’s testing regime found 70 positive cases, down from 78 the previous week, continuing the downward trend among students and staff.

But the number of Covid-19 patients in hospital in Cambridge rose this week, with 23 at Addenbrooke’s on Tuesday (November 10), up from 14 the week before, and seven in Royal Papworth, up from four.

The last coronavirus-related death in Cambridge was on October 15. In total, there have been 46 in the city within 28 days of a positive test, and 83 deaths in which Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate since the pandemic began.

South Cambridgeshire

Daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Cambridgeshire. Graph: Gov.UK (43127249)
Daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Cambridgeshire. Graph: Gov.UK (43127249)

As of Friday November 13, there have been 1,246 confirmed cases in South Cambridgeshire since the pandemic began.

This includes 36 on Friday, three on Thursday and 192 cases in the 10 days to Wednesday November 11.

In the seven days to November 8, there were 171 cases, up 70 on the previous week. The infection rate for the period was 107.5 cases per 100,000 people, which was below the national average.

There were some notable spikes in certain areas during the week, which covered the period when the country went into its second lockdown.

Histon, Impington and Orchard Park had 17 cases, up from five the previous week and the highest number since in the area since the pandemic began, although it should be noted that far more testing is now taking place.

Other areas recording their highest weekly totals to date in the seven days to November 8 were

  • Little Shelford, Foxton and Haslingfield, with 16 cases, up from 8 the previous week;
  • Hardwick and HIghfields, with 14 cases, up from three
  • Waterbeach and Landbeach, with 15 cases, up from 0-2
  • Duxford, Whittlesford and the Abingtons, with 11 cases, up from 4
  • Bassingbourn and the Mordens, with 10 cases, up from three
  • Sawston, with 10 cases, up from three

The last coronavirus-related death in the district was on September 2. There have now been 39 deaths in South Cambridgeshire within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test, and 61 that mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate.

East Cambridgeshire

Daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in .East Cambridgeshire Graph: Gov.UK (43127241)
Daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in .East Cambridgeshire Graph: Gov.UK (43127241)

The district remains one of the least affected areas of the country, with 519 confirmed cases to date, including 10 on Friday November 13, none on Thursday (although this may be updated) and 71 in the 10 days to November 11.

But the week of November 2-8 did bring a significant rise in cases, with 70, up 36 on the previous week. The infection rate of 77.9 cases per 100,000 people for the week remained well below the national average.

With 23 cases in the week, up from 10 the previous week, Soham was the worst affected area and this was by far its highest weekly total since the pandemic began, although it should be noted that testing has increased dramatically. Also recording their worst case numbers to date were:

  • North Ely, with 12 cases, up from three the previous week
  • Little Downham and Sutton with nine cases, up from 0-2
  • Burwell with six cases, up from 0-2

There was one death in the week that mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, taking the total to 52, but this was not within 28 days of a positive test. There have been 35 deaths within 28 days of a positive test since the pandemic began.

Huntingdonshire

Daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in Huntingdonshire. Graph: Gov.UK (43127245)
Daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in Huntingdonshire. Graph: Gov.UK (43127245)

There have been 1,844 confirmed cases of coronavirus since the pandemic began, including 39 on November 13, three on November 12 and 214 in the 10 days to November 11.

The week of November 2-8 brought 188 confirmed cases, a notable rise of 68 week-on-week, although the infection rate of 105.6 cases per 100,00 was below the national average.

Many areas had notable spikes compared to the previous week, including Huntingdon Central and West with 21 cases, up from three.

Among those recording their highest weekly totals since the pandemic began (although it should be noted that testing rates have risen) were:

  • Yaxley and Farcet, with 22 cases, up from 10 the previous week
  • Sawtry and Gidding, with 14 cases, up from 0-2
  • Somersham, Riptons and Raveleys, with 13 cases, up from eight
  • St Ives North, with 11, up from three.

There have been 112 deaths within 28 days of a positive test in Huntingdonshire since the pandemic began and 139 that mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate.

There was one death in the last week mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate, although it was not within 28 days of a positive test.

Fenland

Daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in Fenland. Graph: Gov.UK (43127243)
Daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in Fenland. Graph: Gov.UK (43127243)

There have been six deaths since October 31 in Fenland within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test, including two on November 11. It takes the total in the district since the pandemic began to 77, or 83, if all deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate are included.

The number of confirmed cases in Fenland since the pandemic began has now surpassed 1,000. The 30 cases recorded on Friday November 13 took the total to 1,013. There were none recorded on Thursday (although this may be updated) and 115 in the 10 days to November 11.

Fenland was the only area of Cambridgeshire to record a drop in cases in the week of November 2-8, with 77 confirmed, down 11 on the previous week. The weekly infection rate of 75.6 per 100,000 people was well below the national average.

Two areas recorded their highest number of cases since the pandemic began, however, although it should be noted that testing rates have increased:

  • Wisbech South and Peckover had 16 cases, up from 15 the previous week;
  • March North had nine, up from four.

Peterborough

Daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in Peterborough. Graph: Gov.UK (43127247)
Daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in Peterborough. Graph: Gov.UK (43127247)

There have been three coronavirus-related deaths in the last week in Peterborough, taking the total since the pandemic began to 109 within 28 days of a positive test, or 120 if all deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate are included.

The number of confirmed cases since the outbreak started has now reached 3,480, including 83 on Friday November 13, five on Thursday (a figure that may be updated) and 441 in the 10 days to November 11.

In the week of November 2-8, there were 382 cases, up 83 week on week, and the infection rate of 188.9 cases per 100,000 was above the national average.

Central Park, with 36 cases - up from 35 the previous week - was worst affected, while Peterborough Central had 34, up from 15. Both of these were among areas of Peterborough recording their highest weekly case totals since the pandemic began, as did:

  • Bretton Park, with 25 cases, up from 16 the previous week;
  • Dogsthorpe, with 16 cases, up from nine the previous week;
  • Fengate & Parnwell, with 24 cases, up from 10 the previous week;
  • Fletton, with nine cases, up from six the previous week;
  • Hampton Vale, with 26 cases, up from five;
  • Hargate and Orton Longueville, with 19 cases, up from eight the previous week;
  • Newborough and Peakirk, with 14 cases, up from 12 the previous week;
  • Orton Malborne and Goldhay, with 14 cases, up from 11 the previous week;
  • Orton West and Castor, with 21 cases, up from 15 the previous week;
  • Paston, with 18 cases, up from 11 the previous week; and
  • Stanground, with 20 cases, up from eight the previous week.

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