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Covid-19 cases by area: Public health warning issued in Cambridge as coronavirus infections rise well above national average




A public health warning has been issued to Cambridge residents and visitors, urging them to follow the coronavirus safety rules after a continued increase in the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the city.

Cambridge now has one of the highest infection rates in the country and a failure to follow the guidelines has been blamed, albeit numbers are well down on what there were in the first couple of months of the year.

Cambridge and Luton - in daker green - stand out as having higher infection rates than other areas in the region as of April 25, 2021. Map: PHE
Cambridge and Luton - in daker green - stand out as having higher infection rates than other areas in the region as of April 25, 2021. Map: PHE

Below, we detail at a neighbourhood level how every area of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is faring.

Our analysis shows Cambridge had the highest infection rate of any area of the county or the surrounding counties, at 54.5 cases per 100,000 people, for the week to April 25.

Only Luton, at 56.8, had a higher rate in the whole of the East of England.

Robert Pollock, Cambridge City Council’s chief executive, said: “The rise in cases in Cambridge is concerning and we are working at pace with our partners to track contacts and prevent further transmission of the virus.

“We know that the virus has spread through people not following the rules closely enough, so ahead of the bank holiday weekend I would ask everyone to please think carefully about their plans.

“After so many months of restrictions it’s natural for all of us to want to get together with family and friends but we need to do that safely to stop further spread of the virus and avoid putting at risk the next phase of unlocking.

Robert Pollock, Cambridge City Council chief executive
Robert Pollock, Cambridge City Council chief executive

“It really is important that we all stick to the rule of six or two households meeting outdoors and do not mix socially indoors with anyone outside of our household or bubble at any time.

“Outdoors is best for meeting and if you are getting together please do so safely and try to stay away from over-crowded places where social distancing is more challenging.

“Keep a two-metre distance from anyone who is not in your household, even if you’ve had a vaccine and do continue to remember hands, face and space and fresh air.

“We all want get on with our lives and have our freedoms back. The best way to make that happen is to keep the virus under control. That means all of us, individually and collectively, looking out for each other and sticking to the rules.”

An illustration of the Covid-19 virus
An illustration of the Covid-19 virus

An infection rate of just 10.4 per 100,000 people was recorded on April 7. By April 23, the impact of the relaxation of lockdown restrictions was visible, as this had risen to 64.9, with 81 cases in a week. Although the latest weekly figure shows this has dipped slightly, there will be concern that increased mixing over the bank holiday weekend may worsen the situation.

Across Cambridgeshire as a whole, there were 196 cases for the week to April 25 - down three (1.5 per cent) on the previous week. But the infection rate of 30 cases per 100,00 people was above the national average.

Cambridgeshire, excluding Peterborough, has now recorded:

  • 28,094 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of April 30, 2021
  • 75 in the five days from April 26-30, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 797 deaths by April 30 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on April 27;
  • 971 deaths, as of April 16, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.
  • Meanwhile, Covid-19 vaccinations are now available to all over-40s.

As of April 25, some 638,429 doses had been administered in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, with 72.6 per cent of those aged 45-49 having received a first dose.

Below we examine the latest infection figures by area.

Cambridge

The number of cases has continued to rise slightly in Cambridge, where the infection rate is now among the highest in the country.

There were 68 cases in the week to April 25, up eight (13.3 per cent) on the previous seven days. The infection rate reached 54.5 cases per 100,000.

Three places had case numbers in the double figures - Coleridge, along with East Barnwell and Abbey, had 10 cases, although for both areas this was slightly down on the previous week, while Petersfield had 11 cases, having had 0-2 the previous week.

Rises were also seen in Arbury, Central and West Cambridge, East Chesterton, Queen Edith’s and Romsey.

Cambridge has recorded:

  • 5,7275 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 17 in the five days from April 26-30, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 86 deaths by April 30 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on February 25
  • 133 deaths, as of April 16, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

South Cambridgeshire

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Cambridgeshire rose by seven (22.6 per cent) to 38 in the week to April 25, compared to the preceding week.

The infection rate of 23.9 cases per 100,000 was above the national average.

No area had case numbers in double figures, however. Milton, Fen Ditton and Quy recorded eight, twice as many as the previous week, while Cambourne recorded five, up one.

Four areas had three cases, with the rest recording 0-2.

The district recorded one more death within four weeks of a positive test.

South Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 5,830 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 12 cases in the five days from April 26-30, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 158 deaths by April 30 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on April 27
  • 201 deaths, as of April 16, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

East Cambridgeshire

There was also a small increase in Covid-19 cases in East Cambridgeshire, although only 16 were recorded overall in the week to April 25.

This was up four (33.3 per cent) on the previous week and the infection rate of 17.8 cases per 100,000 people was level with the national average.

Only two areas recorded more than two cases - Littleport had five and Haddenham, Stretham and Witchford had three.

East Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 3,035 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • five cases in the five days from April 26-30, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 93 deaths by April 30 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on Friday April 2;
  • 108 deaths, as of April 16, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Huntingdonshire

There was a fall in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Huntingdonshire in the week to April 25.

There were 29 recorded, down 12 (29.3 per cent), on the previous week. The infection rate of 16.3 cases per 100,000 was slightly below the national average.

Sawtry and Gidding, with four cases, had the highest number, with several others recording three, but the majority of places in the district having only 0-2.

Huntingdonshire has recorded:

  • 7,868 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 27 cases in the five days from April 19-23, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 254 deaths by April 30 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on March 30
  • 295 deaths, as of April 16, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Fenland

The infection rate in Fenland remained well above the national average in the week to April 25.

But the number of ases fell by 10 (18.2 per cent) to 45, compared to the previous week.

There were 44.2 cases per 100,000 people.

Cases were concentrated in Wisbech - with 25 in Wisbech North, compared to 10 the previous week, and 10 in Wisbech South and Peckover, down from 13 - while Chatteris recorded 12, up from three the previous week.

Only one other area - Whittlesey, with three cases - recorded more than 0-2.

Fenland has recorded:

  • 5,586 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 14 cases in the five days from April 26-30, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 206 deaths by April 30 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on March 17
  • 234 deaths, as of April 16, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Peterborough

The number of Covid-19 cases in Peterborough held steady, but the infection rate remains at the upper end compared to the rest of the country.

There were 96 cases in the week to April 25 - down one (one per cent) compared to the previous week.

The infection rate was 47.5 cases per 100,000 people.

The highest numbers of cases were seen in Hargate and Orton Longueville, with 12, West Town and Woodston, with 11, and Millfield and Bourges Boulevard, with 10.

Peterborough has recorded:

  • 15,653 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 53 cases in the five days from April 26-30, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 339 deaths by April 30 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on April 16
  • 3756 deaths, as of April 16, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

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