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Covid-19 cases by age and area of Cambridgeshire, as another 2,500 infections recorded in a week





Cambridgeshire’s Covid-19 infection rate remains above the national average, with more than 2,500 cases recorded for the second week running.

Rapid spread of the virus among under-17s prompted the directors of health and education in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to recommend that schools reintroduce restrictions this week, such as mask-wearing and social distancing, as the Cambridge Independent reported.

Below, we look in detail at how every area has been affected at a neighbourhood level, and we look at the numbers in hospital. We also explore the vaccination roll-out, with figures now available for those aged 12-15.

Cambridgeshire recorded 2,526 cases in the week to October 3, which was down by 43 (1.7 per cent) on the previous week. The infection rate was 384.4 cases per 100,000 people, above the national average of 341.1, but some areas had much higher rates.

Our graphs show those aged 10-14 are disproportionately affected, with the 15-19 age group and those aged five to nine next most affected.

But there is evidence that the virus has also been transmitted into families, with the 40-44 and 45-49 age groups - many of whom will be parents of the children affected - also witnessed above average infection rates.

A campaign to encourage those yet to get a vaccine was also launched this week, with a video released to reassure those scared of needles that the vaccination is very straightforward.

Walk-in clinics are running seven days a week. A list of times and locations is available here.

Cambridgeshire, excluding Peterborough, has now recorded:

  • 58,208 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 8, 2021
  • 1,893 in the five days from October 4-8 according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 846 deaths by October 8 within 28 days of a positive test, including two on October 5 and one on September 28
  • 1,028 deaths, as of September 24, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

Hospitalisations

Addenbrooke’s admitted between one and six patients daily to its Covid wards over the nine days to Sunday, October 3.

On Tuesday, October 5, it had 30 Covid patients, 11 of whom were on ventilation.

The Royal Papworth Hospital, which has specialist facilities, had nine Covid patients on its wards, with five on ventilation on October 5.

Vaccinations

Data is now available on vaccinations that includes uptake from those aged 12 and up, after the roll-out to 12- to 15-year-olds began in schools.

Across Cambridgeshire, one in 10 (10.6 per cent) of all children aged 12-15 have had a Covid-19 vaccination, as of October 7.

The pace of the roll-out to this age group varies somewhat, however, with 14.3 per cent vaccinated in Huntingdonshire, compared to just 8.2 per cent in Cambridge.

More than two-thirds (67.1 per cent) of those aged 16-17 have had a jab across Cambridgeshire, although again Cambridge’s figures are lagging behind, with just over half (52.2 per cent) of those aged 16-17 recorded as vaccinated.

Countywide, more than three-quarters of all people over 12 (76.5 per cent) had had their first dose and 71.3 per cent have had both.

In Cambridge, 104,865 people (62.3 per cent of everyone over 12) have now had one jab, and 95,480 (56.7 per cent) have had two, according to the new data - although uncertainty over the city’s fluctuating population means these percentages may be an underestimate.

Districts outside the city have higher proportions. For example, in South Cambridgeshire, 82.4 per cent of over-12s have had one dose and 77.3 per cent have had both. In East Cambridgeshire, 80.3 per cent have had one dose and 75.5 per cent have had two.

Cambridge

The number of Covid-19 cases in Cambridge fell by nearly a third in the week to October 3.

There were 216 cases, down 101 (31.9 per cent), taking the infection rate down to 172.7 cases per 100,000 people.

Trumpington had the highest number of cases for the fourth week running, with 36 cases, but this was almost half the 70 recorded there the previous week.

Two areas - Arbury, with nine cases, and Eddington and Castle, with eight - had case numbers in single figures.

Cambridge has recorded:

  • 11,471 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 8, 2021
  • 152 in the five days from October 4-8, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 98 deaths by October 8 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on September 22 and 17
  • 140 deaths, as of September 24, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

South Cambridgeshire

There was a rise in Covid-19 cases in the week to October 3, with 556 recorded, up 81 (17.1 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate rose to 345.5 cases per 100,000 people, which was narrowly above the national average of 341.1.

Worst hit was Cambourne, which had the highest number of cases of any area in Cambridgeshire for the seven-day period, with 107, up from 61 the previous week.

This means the infection rate in Cambourne alone was 1117.1. This is the highest infection rate seen in any MSOA (middle super output area) in South Cambridgeshire since the pandemic began, and was the third highest in the East of England - behind Belstead Hills in Ipswich and Eye and Thorney in the Peterborough area - for the week to October 3. It is likely to reflect the high proportion of school age children in Cambourne.

Elsewhere, Histon, Impington and Orchard Park had 49 cases, up from 26. By contrast, Sawston had just seven, down from 21.

South Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 12,670 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 8, 2021
  • 429 cases in the five days from October 8, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 169 deaths by October 8 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on October 5
  • 214 deaths, as of September 24, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

East Cambridgeshire

With 380 cases, East Cambridgeshire witnessed a slight decline in Covid-19 infections in the week to October 3, down 39 (9.3 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate was above the national average at 421.4 cases per 100,000 people.

Haddenham, Stretham and Witchford, with 84 cases, down slightly from 88, was worst hit, while North Ely had 58 cases, down from 69.

East Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 6,888 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 8, 2021
  • 276 cases in the five days from October 4-8, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 90 deaths by October 8 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on September 7
  • 113 deaths, as of September 24, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Huntingdonshire

There were 853 cases in the week to October 3, down 23 (2.6 per cent), in Huntingdonshire.

It meant the infection rate was 476.6 cases per 100,000 people, above the national average.

Little Paxton, Love's Farm and Great Gransden, wth 77 cases, was the worst hit, although this was down slightly on the 83 from the previous week.

Huntingdon Hartford, with 14 cases, had the fewest.

Huntingdonshire has recorded:

  • 16,636 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 8, 2021
  • 635 cases in the five days from October 4-8, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 267 deaths by October 8 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on September 18 and 17
  • 313 deaths, as of September 24, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Fenland

There was a small week-on-week rise in cases in Fenland, with 521 recorded in the week to October 3, up 39 (8.1 per cent).

The infection rate of 510.4 cases per 100,000 was the highest of any district in Cambridgeshire and above the national average.

Chatteris, with 86 cases, up from 68 the previous week, had the highest number of cases, while Whittlesey had 78, down from 80.

Fenland has recorded:

  • 10,303 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 8, 2021
  • 353 cases in the five days from October 4-8, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 221 deaths by October 8 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on September 28, 21 and 17
  • 247 deaths, as of September 24, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Peterborough

The number of Covid-19 cases rose by more than a quarter in Peterborough in the week to October 3, with 998 recorded, up 214 (27.3 per cent) on the previous seven days.

The infection rate was 492.5 cases per 100,000 people, above the national average.

Eye and Thorney, with 82 cases, up from 56, had the highest number of cases - and the infection rate there of 1,266.4 was the second highest in the East of England.

The fewest cases were seen in Glinton, Northborough and Maxey, with 19.

Peterborough has recorded:

  • 27,308 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 8, 2021
  • 742 cases in the five days from October 4-8, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 356 deaths by October 8 within 28 days of a positive test, with the most recent on October 2 and 6
  • 402 deaths, as of September 24, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

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