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Covid-19 analysis: Cambridge has the highest infection rate in England and ages 10-14 are most commonly affected





Cambridge has the highest infection rate in England, our latest Covid-19 data analysis shows.

And children aged 10-14 are now the most commonly affected by the virus across Cambridgeshire.

This age group has taken over from the 5-9 age group as the one with the most infections in the latest figures.

The county’s infection rate of 1,430.6 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to January 30 was well above the national average of 986.

Cambridge’s was considerably worse, at 1,833.5, with infections in Central and West Cambridge the highest weekly number seen since the pandemic began.

Below, we look at how every area of the county was affected, along with the latest on hospitalisations and vaccinations.

There were 9,402 cases overall in the week to January 30, down 31 (0.3 per cent) on the previous seven days.

Some 1,486 of these were among those aged 10-14, while 1,199 cases were among those aged 5-9 as schools continue to be badly affected by the virus.

The UK Health Security Agency has this week updated its data to include reinfections as previously individuals who had been reinfected were not being counted.

The graphs above feature these updated figures. In the tables below for each area, we have updated the data from January 17 to reflect this.

Cambridgeshire, excluding Peterborough, has now recorded:

  • 155,913 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of February 4, 2022
  • 5,788 in the five days from January 31-February 4 according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 977 deaths by February 4 within 28 days of a positive test, including one on February 1, two on January 30 and one on January 29
  • 1,136 deaths, as of January 21, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

Hospitalisations

Cambridge University Hospitals had 60 Covid-19 patients on its wards on Friday (Feburary 4), with nine of those in critical care. There were 27 inpatients waiting for Covid-19 test results.

At Royal Papworth, there were nine Covid-19 patients on February 1, with seven of them in ventilation beds.

Vaccinations

More than four-fifths (81.9 per cent) of over-12s in Cambridgeshire have had a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, with 77.1 per cent have had two doses and 63.1 per cent having had a booster or third dose.

The percentages are much lower in Cambridge however, with only 68.4 per cent of over-12s having had a first dose, 62.8 per cent having received two and just 48.8 per cent having had a booster or third dose.

Jabs are available on a walk-on basis at all Cambridgeshire’s large-scale vaccination sites, except Chesterton Bowls Club, where limited parking means booking is required.

Booking is available if preferred via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine.

Cambridge

There were 2,293 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Cambridge in the week to January 30, which was up 83 (3.8 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate of 1,833.5 cases per 100,000 was almost double the national rate of 986 - and the highest in England. Wokingham was next, at 1829.9.

Central and West Cambridge recorded 301 cases, which is the highest weekly total of any area of Cambridge during the entire pandemic.

That may partly reflect outbreaks among the high student population in this part of the city, although citywide the 10-14 age group was the most commonly affected in the city.

The high infection rate may also reflect the fact that Cambridge is lagging behind in terms of vaccination rates, as described above.

Cambridge has recorded:

  • 31,532 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of February 4, 2022
  • 1,446 in the five days from January 31-February 4, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 117 deaths by February 4 within 28 days of a positive test, including two on January 30
  • 156 deaths, as of January 21, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

South Cambridgeshire

There was a small week-on-week rise in Covid-19 cases in South Cambridgeshire in the week to January 30, with 2,468 cases, up 71 (three per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate of 1,533.8 cases per 100,000 people was well above the national average.

Meldreth, Melbourn and Great Chishill, with 209 cases, up from 201, was the worst hit.

Cambourne, with 190 cases, up from 155 the previous week, had the second highest number of any area, with many cases reported among school pupils.

South Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 37,835 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of February 4, 2022
  • 1,469 cases in the five days from January 31-February 4, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 192 deaths by February 4 within 28 days of a positive test, the latest of which were on Feburary 1, January 27, January 26 and 25, with two on January 23 and one on January 22 and 20
  • 230 deaths, as of January 21, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

East Cambridgeshire

There were 1,251 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in East Cambridgeshire in the week to January 30, up 13 (1.1 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate of 1,387.3 cases per 100,000 people was well above the national average.

North Ely, with 184 cases, and Soham, with 183 cases, were the worst hit.

East Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 19,527 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of February 4, 2022
  • 724 cases in the five days from January 31-February 4, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 105 deaths by February 4 within 28 days of a positive test, the latest of which was on January 14
  • 129 deaths, as of January 21, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Huntingdonshire

There was a decline in cases in Huntingdonshire in the week to January 30, with 1,884 recorded, down 235 (11.1 per cent) on the previous seven days.

The infection rate of 1,052.6 cases per 100,000 people was above the national average.

Little Paxton, Love's Farm and Great Gransden was worst hit, with 174 cases.

Huntingdonshire has recorded:

  • 43,132 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of February 4, 2022
  • 1,190 cases in the five days from January 31-February 4, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 307 deaths by January 28 within 28 days of a positive test, with the latest on January 29, 27, 25 and 24
  • 344 deaths, as of January 21, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Fenland

Fenland had 1,506 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the week to January 30, up 37 (2.5 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate of 1,475.3 cases per 100,000 was well above the national average.

Wisbech South and Peckover, with 221 cases, had the highest number.

Fenland has recorded:

  • 23,887 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of February 4, 2022
  • 959 cases in the five days from January 31-February 4, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 256 deaths by February 4 within 28 days of a positive test, including two deaths on January 27
  • 277 deaths, as of January 21, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Peterborough

Peterborough witnessed a week-on-week decline in Covid-19 cases, but numbers remained very high.

There were 3,546 cases in the week to January 30, but this was down 564 (13.7 per cent) on the previous seven days. The infection rate of 1,750 cases per 100,000 people was well above the national average of 986.

Worst affected was Hampton Vale with 254 cases, while Fengate and Parnwell had 234 and Paston had 230.

Peterborough has recorded:

  • 61,724 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of January 28, 2022
  • 1,846 cases in the five days from January 31-February 4, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 409 deaths by February 4 within 28 days of a positive test, including one on January 28 and three on January 24
  • 453 deaths, as of January 21, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

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