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Covid-19 cases by area of Cambridgeshire as county records highest number of daily positive tests for six months




Cambridgeshire recorded its highest daily number of positive Covid-19 cases on Friday (July 16) since January.

There were 348 infection confirmed across the county in the provisional figures. Out of 501 days of data since March 4, 2020, there have only been 12 days when more positive cases on one day - and all of those were between Christmas and January 12, when the Kent, or Alpha, variant was running rife.

A map of infection rates - darker colours indicate higher rates - for the week to July 11, 2021. Map: PHE (49292195)
A map of infection rates - darker colours indicate higher rates - for the week to July 11, 2021. Map: PHE (49292195)

Below we look in detail at how the virus is affecting every area of the county, along with vaccination rates and the global picture.

The latest numbers for Cambridgeshire reflect the continued spread of the Delta variant as the country heads towards the so-called ‘Freedom Day’, when remaining Covid restrictions will be lifted.

Scientists and community leaders in Cambridgeshire have stressed the importance of continuing to take precautions beyond July 19 by, for example, wearing masks in enclosed public spaces and on public transport.

There were 1,381 Covid-19 cases in Cambridgeshire in the week to July 11, which was up 274 (24.8 per cent) on the previous week, despite a reduction in the university student population in Cambridge as term ended.

Daily positive case numbers of Covid-19 in Cambridgeshire up to Thursday July 15. The most recent figures are provisional. Graph: PHE
Daily positive case numbers of Covid-19 in Cambridgeshire up to Thursday July 15. The most recent figures are provisional. Graph: PHE

Vaccination rates have helped keep the numbers of Covid patients in hospitals down. However, those numbers have risen slightly compared to recent months, with six at Cambridge University Hospitals on Tuesday, including two in ventilation, while there were four at Royal Papworth Hospital, all on ventilation.

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

  • 33,122 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of July 16, 2021
  • 1,263 in the five days from July 12-16, 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
  • 988 deaths, as of July 2, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

Vaccination numbers for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

More than 1.1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have now been delivered in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Efforts to drive up vaccination rates are continuing, with more walk-in vaccination centres operating at the weekend, including at King’s College (July 17-18) and the Hub in Cambourne (July 18), alongside the daily walk-ins running throughout the month across the county. You can find a full list of them all here.

Cambridge

After a period of spiralling case numbers, there was finally a week-on-week decline in Cambridge in the week to July 11.

This is likely partly to reflect the departure of many University of Cambridge students as term ended.

Case numbers were still substantial, however, with 305, down 152 (33.3 per cent) on the previous week. The infection rate was 244.4 cases per 100,000 people.

Central and West Cambridge, which has a high student population - had 65 cases, down from 136 the previous week. In Eddington and Castle, which is also home to many students, numbers fell from 63 to 28.

There were declines in eight other areas, and increases in just three - Cherry Hinton (seven to nine), King’s Hedges (11 to 16) and Romsey (30 to 31).

Cambridge has recorded:

  • 7,310 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of July 16, 2021
  • 241 in the five days from July 12-16, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 88 deaths by July 16 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on February 25;
  • 134 deaths, as of July 2, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

South Cambridgeshire

Covid-19 case numbers rose by a third in South Cambridgeshire in the week to July 11.

There were 335, up 84 (33.5 per cent), taking the infection rate to 210.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Longstanton, Swavesey and Oakington witnessed a particularly steep increase in cases, with 57, up from 15 the previous week. Numbers doubled in a week in Cambourne, where there were 28, up from 14.

All but two areas in the district had case numbers in double figures, which has not happened since January.

And the trend would appear to be worsening with daily case numbers showing 324 cases in the last five days alone. The 79 positive cases reported in the district on both July 16 and July 14 were the joint highest daily numbers since the Alpha variant was running rife on January 19.

South Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 7,034 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of July 16, 2021
  • 324 cases in the five days from July 12-16,, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 161 deaths by July 16 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on April 27
  • 205 deaths, as of July 2, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

East Cambridgeshire

Case numbers shot up in East Cambridgeshire in the week to July 11.

There were 203 - up 127 (167.1 per cent) on the previous seven days, taking the infection rate to 226 cases per 100,000.

Littleport, with 43 cases, up from four the previous week, was worst hit, while South Ely (30, up from 13) and Soham (29, up from 11) also saw notable increases.

The trend looks set to have worsened in recent days, with the 50 positive cases confirmed on Friday July 16 the worst in the district since January 12.

East Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 3,573 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of July 16, 2021
  • 191 cases in the five days from July 12-16, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 87 deaths by July 16 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on February 15
  • 110 deaths, as of July 2, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Huntingdonshire

Huntingdonshire recorded 417 cases in the week to July 11, up 171 (69.5 per cent) on the previous week.

This meant the infection rate reached 234.3 cases per 100,000 people.

St Ives North, with 53 cases, up from 14, had a notable spike, while St Ives South had 30, up from eight the previous week. Houghton, Hemingford and Fenstanton also saw a significant increase, with 44, up from 21.

The 117 positive cases recorded on Friday July 16 was the worst since January 11.

Huntingdonshire has recorded:

  • 9,136 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of July 16, 2021
  • 385 cases in the five days from July 12-16, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 255 deaths by July 16 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on June 7
  • 301 deaths, as of July 2, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Fenland

Case numbers also rose notably in Fenland in the week to July 11, with 121, up 44 (57.1 per cent)on the previous week.

The infection rate was the lowest in the county however, at 118.8 cases per 100,000.

Worst hit was Whittlesey, with 26 cases, up from 22. March West, with 0-2 cases, had the fewest cases anywhere in the county.

Fenland has recorded:

  • 6,069 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of July 16, 2021
  • 122 cases in the five days from July 12-16, 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
  • 238 deaths, as of July 2, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Peterborough

Peterborough saw a smaller rise in cases than any part of Cambridgeshire.

There were 332 in the week to July 11, up 34 (11.4 per cent) on the previous week. The infection rate was 164.1 cases per 100,000 people.

Fengate and Parnwell, with 41 cases, up from 10, was the worst hit.

Peterborough has recorded:

  • 17,162 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of July 16, 2021
  • 413 cases in the five days from July 12-16, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 329 deaths by July 16 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 July 2, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

The global picture

Vaccinations by country

Hospitalisations

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