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Covid-19 by area: Cases rising fast in Cambridgeshire - and nearly treble in Cambridge - but hospital numbers stay low





The Delta variant of Covid-19 has prompted a significant rise in cases in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, but particularly in Cambridge, where infections have almost trebled in a week.

However, the numbers in hospital has thankfully remained low.

Daily case numbers in Cambridgeshire in May and June. Graph: PHE (48596247)
Daily case numbers in Cambridgeshire in May and June. Graph: PHE (48596247)

Below, we look in detail at every area of the county at a neighbourhood level.

Cambridgeshire recorded 356 cases in the week to June 20, up 172 (93.5 per cent) on the previous seven days.

The countywide infection rate of 54.5 cases per 100,000 people was below the national average.

Concern was expressed this week that vaccination rates in Cambridge are the lowest in the East of England, which partly reflects its lower age profile.

More than 30 walk-in vaccination clinics have been set up across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and are operating over the weekend of June 25-26, as efforts step up to increase the number of people receiving vaccinations - and second jabs - ahead of the relaxation of restrictions on July 19.

Efforts are being made to step up vaccination ratess (48596237)
Efforts are being made to step up vaccination ratess (48596237)

This weekend is traditionally associated with end of exam celebrations and the Midsummer Fair in Cambridge – which has been cancelled this year - prompting the county’s director of public health to urge people to get tested, get vaccinated and avoid crowded places.

Jyoti Atri said: “With growing levels of infections in the younger age group, I would urge these age groups in particular, to get vaccinated, and also get tested particularly before they go out and socialise.”

Evidence that vaccination is clearly making a huge impact at saving lives came from hospitals.

Addenbrooke’s Hospital had just one Covid-19 patient on its wards on Tuesday June 22, and that individal was not on ventilation, while Royal Papworth Hospital had three on that day, all on ventilation.

The latest data shows Cambridgeshire, excluding Peterborough, has now recorded:

  • 29,311 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of May 28, 2021
  • 340 in the five days from June 20-24, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 803 deaths by June 25 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on June 7
  • 986 deaths, as of June 11, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

Vaccination numbers for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Some 1,014,472 Covid-19 jabs were administered in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group area by June 20.

Everyone aged 18 and over can now book a jab as the vaccination programme continues apace, with more than 30 walk-in clinics taking place over the weekend of June 26-27.

Cambridge

Confirmed Covid-19 case numbers have shot up by 288.2 per cent in a week in Cambridge as the easily transmissible Delta variant spreads.

There were 132 cases in the week to June 20, up 98 on the previous seven-day period.

This took the infection rate to 105.8 cases per 100,000 - almost identical to the national average (105.2).

A major spike in Central and West Cambridge, of 41 cases, up from six the previous week, was recorded.

Eddington and Castle had 17, while Romsey had 14 - both of these areas had 0-2 the previous week.

Three other areas also had case numbers in double figures and daily data shows a continued rise, with 169 cases from June 21-25 - already higher than the previous weekly figure.

The largest proportion of recent infections in Cambridge are in the 18-30 age group, most of whom have only been eligible for Covid vaccinations for the last two weeks.

Cambridge has recorded:

  • 6,182 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 169 in the five days from June 21-25, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 88 deaths by June 25 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on February 25;
  • 134 deaths, as of June 11, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

South Cambridgeshire

South Cambridgeshire recorded 79 cases in the week to June 20, up 27 (51.9 per cent) on the previous week.

This meant the infection rate was 49.7 cases per 100,000 people - below the national average.

Only four areas recorded 0-2 cases, but the highest number in any one area was eight in Histon, Impington and Orchard Park.

South Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 6,094 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 87 cases in the five days from June 21-25, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 161 deaths by June 25 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on April 27
  • 205 deaths, as of June 11, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

East Cambridgeshire

There were 30 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in East Cambridgeshire, up 16 (114.3 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate was 33.4 cases per 100,000 people - below the national average.

The highest number of cases was seen in North Ely, with six.

East Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 3,124 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 15 cases in the five days from June 21-25, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 87 deaths by June 25 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on February 15
  • 110 deaths, as of June 11, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Huntingdonshire

There were 64 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Huntingdonshire in the week to June 20, up 15 (30.6 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate was 36 cases per 100,000 people.

Yaxley and Farcet had the highest number of cases, with nine.

Huntingdonshire has recorded:

  • 8,144 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 43 cases in the five days from June 21-25, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 255 deaths by June 25 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on June 7
  • 300 deaths, as of June 11, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Fenland

Fenland recorded 51 Covid-19 cases in the week to June 20, up 16 (45.7 per cent) on the previous week.

This meant the infection rate was 50.1 cases per 100,000 people.

Whittlesey, with 14 cases, up from 10 the previous week, had the highest number of cases, while Coates, Benwick and Pondersbridge recorded nine.

Fenland has recorded:

  • 5,767 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 19 cases in the five days from June 21-25, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 212 deaths by June 25 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on April 30
  • 237 deaths, as of June 11, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Peterborough

There were 83 Covid-19 cases in Peterborough in the week to June 20, up 22 (36.1 per cent) on the previous week.

This took the infection rate to 41 cases per 100,000, which was below the national average.

The highest number of cases was seven, in West Town and Woodston.

Peterborough has recorded:

  • 16,154 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 89 cases in the five days from June 21-25, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 329 deaths by June 25 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on April 16, according to preliminary Public Health England data
  • 379 deaths, as of June 11, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

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