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Covid-19 by area of Cambridgeshire: More than 1,100 cases recorded in a week, with Cambridge worst hit




As we head towards the planned relaxation of lockdown restrictions on July 19, Cambridgeshire has recorded 1,110 cases of Covid-19 in a week.

The number, for the seven days to July 4, was up by 451 (68.4 per cent) on the previous week, and reflects the rapid spread of the Delta variant.

A colour-coded map of the infection rate by area, in the week to July 4. Darker colours represent higher infection rates. Map: PHE
A colour-coded map of the infection rate by area, in the week to July 4. Darker colours represent higher infection rates. Map: PHE

Below we analyse how it is impacting every area of the county in detail.

For Cambridgeshire as a whole, the infection rate reached 169.8 cases per 100,000 people.

Cambridge was once again the worst affected area, but every district recorded rises, and in a number of them the case numbers doubled.

The virus is, in particular, spreading among younger people, including school and university students, who will not have had two Covid-19 jabs.

Daily walk-in vaccination clinics are being held - with extra sessions this weekend - to drive up jab rates, which are lagging in Cambridge, helping to fuel the spread of the virus.

Admissions are start to rise slowly in our hospitals too, although Cambridge University Hospitals said this week that as the patients tend to be younger, the cases are less severe and require shorter stays.

There were four Covid patients admitted at Addenbrooke’s on Sunday July 4 - the highest daily number since April - and that came after three days in which two were admitted. On Tuesday (July 6), four were on Covid wards at the Cambridge hospital, with one on a ventilator.

At the Royal Papworth Hospital that day, there were two Covid patients, both on ventilators.

Daily case numbers in Cambridgeshire have shot up since May 1. Graph: PHE
Daily case numbers in Cambridgeshire have shot up since May 1. Graph: PHE

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

  • 31,483 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of July 9, 2021
  • 914 in the five days from July 5-9, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 804 deaths by July 9 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on June 20
  • 986 deaths, as of June 25, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

Vaccination numbers for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Cambridge

Cambridge recorded 458 confirmed cases in the week to July 4, up 147 (47.3 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate was 367 cases per 100,000 people.

The highest number of cases are being seen among 15 to 24-year-olds, as the Delta variant spreads among school and university students.

Central and West Cambridge, with 136 cases, and Eddington and Castle, with 63, were the areas with a highest number of cases, partly reflecting the high student population in these areas.

However, all areas of Cambridge had case numbers in double figures, with the exception of Cherry Hinton, which had seven cases.

The city has a low vaccination rate, compared to the national average, partly reflecting its lower age profile. Efforts to drive that up have stepped up with extra walk-in vaccination sessions being held this weekend (July 10-11) at the Guildhall and in Arbury.

Cambridge has recorded:

  • 6,975 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 193 in the five days from July 5-9, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 88 deaths by July 9 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on February 25;
  • 134 deaths, as of June 25, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

South Cambridgeshire

South Cambridgeshire had 251 cases in the week to July 4, up 73 (41 per cent) on the previous week. The infection rate was 157.8 cases per 100,000.

Duxford, Whittlesford and the Abingtons, with 21 cases (up from 10) and Girton and Barton, with 20 (up from nine) had the highest number of infections. Fourteen areas out of 20 had increases.

South Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 6,612 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 219 cases in the five days from July 5-9, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 162 deaths by July 9 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on April 27
  • 205 deaths, as of June 25, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

East Cambridgeshire

Covid-19 infection numbers double in a week in East Cambridgeshire.

There were 76 in the week to July 4, up 38 (100 per cent) on the previous week, taking the infection rate to 84.6 cases per 100,000 people.

South Ely, with 13 cases, had the highest number of cases, while Burwell and Soham had 11.

East Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 3,314 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 122 cases in the five days from July 5-9, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 87 deaths by July 9 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on February 15
  • 110 deaths, as of June 25, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Huntingdonshire

There were 248 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Huntingdonshire in the week to July 4, up 151 (155.7 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate was 139.4 cases per 100,000.

The area with the highest number of cases was Kimbolton, Great Staughton and Molesworth had 23 cases, while Godmanchester had 21, as did Houghton, Hemingford and Fenstanton.

Huntingdonshire has recorded:

  • 8,653 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 284 cases in the five days from July 5-9, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 254 deaths by July 9 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on June 7
  • 300 deaths, as of June 25, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Fenland

The number of Covid-19 infections more than doubled in a week in Fenland, with 77 recorded in the seven days to July 4. This was up 41 (120 per cent) on the previous week and meant the infection rate was 75.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Whittlesey, with 22, had more than a quarter of the district’s cases.

Fenland has recorded:

  • 5,929 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 96 cases in the five days from July 5-9, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 213 deaths by July 9 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on June 20
  • 237 deaths, as of June 25, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Peterborough

Covid-19 cases nearly doubled in a week in Peterborough.

It had 298 cases in the week to July 4, up 147 (97.4 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate was 147.3 cases per 100,000 people.

Fengate and Parnwell, with 41 cases, and Longthorpe and Netherton, with 25 cases had the highest numbers.

Peterborough has recorded:

  • 16,700 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 218 cases in the five days from July 5-9, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 329 deaths by July 9 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 25, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

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