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Every area of Cambridgeshire witnessed a decline in the Covid-19 infection rate in the week to January 9, although there were still more than 8,500 cases.

Health authorities will be watching closely, however, to see if that decline is maintained now that schools have returned.

Below, we look at how every area was affected, along with the latest on hospitalisations and vaccinations.

The infection rate for the week across the county was 1,299.6 cases per 100,000 people, below the national average of 1,585.

Examining the cases by age shows the twentysomethings, and those in their early thirties, were the most commonly affected.

However, there were a concerning number among older people once again, with 55 cases in the over-90s and 49 in those aged 85-89.

The infection rate has come down in most adult age groups except in those aged 85-plus.

There were 8,541 cases in Cambridgeshire in the week to January 9, down 1,284 (13.1 per cent).

It means Cambridgeshire, excluding Peterborough, has now recorded:

  • 124,772 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of January 14, 2022
  • 4,247 in the five days from January 10-14 according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 935 deaths by January 14 within 28 days of a positive test, with one on January 12, two on January 11, one on January 10, two on January 9, one on January 7 and two on January 6
  • 1,108 deaths, as of December 31, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

Hospitalisations

The number of Covid-19 patients at Addenbrooke’s has been fluctuating. There were 57 on Friday, with only three in critical care, while 21 inpatients were waiting for Covid test results.

These numbers were down from Tuesday (January 11), when there 79 Covid patients in the Cambridge hospital, with 10 in critical care.

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Addenbrooke’s, said on Tuesday that about one third of Covid patients on its wards had the Delta variant, while two-third had the mutated, but typically less severe, Omicron variant, with Omicron having “little impact on intensive care”. At that stage, with 79 patients, there was pressure on emergency department beds and the challenges felt by the hospital were magnified by the number of staff not able to work due to Covid.

Royal Papworth Hospital had 12 Covid-19 patients on Tuesday (January 11), with 10 patients in ventilation beds.

Vaccinations

More than 1.45 million vaccinations have been administered in Cambridgeshire since the pandemic began.

More than four out of five eligible adults have had their booster shot - a total of 407,093 people as of January 13.

Meanwhile, more than four-fifths (81.5 per cent) of over-12s have had their first dose, while more than three quarters (75.9 per cent) have had their second dose.

Boosters, like first and second jabs for most groups, are available on walk-in basis now at large-scale vaccination centres in Cambridgeshire. You can find out more about that here, or visit www.thevaccinators.co.uk for more details on the centres.

Cambridge

The number of confirmed cases in Cambridge has remained stable week-on-week.

There were 1,673 in the week to January 9, down just 10 (0.6 per cent) on the previous seven days.

Worst hit again was Trumpington with 205 cases, although this was down from 233 the previous week. Every area of the city had more than 100 cases.

The infection rate of 1,337.7 cases per 100,000 people was below the national average.

Cambridge has recorded:

  • 24,284 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of January 14, 2022
  • 971 in the five days from January 10-14, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 111 deaths by January 14 within 28 days of a positive test, the most recent of which were on December 31 and December 22
  • 152 deaths, as of December 31, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

South Cambridgeshire

There was a decline in the number of Covid-19 cases in South Cambridgeshire in the week to January 9, with 1,937 confirmed, down 394 (16.9 per cent) on the previous seven days.

The infection rate was 1,203.8 cases per 100,000 people, below the national average.

Worst hit was Histon, Impington and Orchard Park, with 165 cases, down from 177, followed by Fulbourn and Tervesham, with 139, up from 115.

South Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 29,877 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of January 14, 2022
  • 935 cases in the five days from January 10-14, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 180 deaths by January 14 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on January 4
  • 226 deaths, as of December 31, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

East Cambridgeshire

There was a slight decline in the number of Covid-19 cases in East Cambridgeshire in the week to January 9, with 1,067 recorded, down 104 (8.9 per cent).

The infection rate was 1,183.3 cases per 100,000, below the national average.

Soham, with 180 cases, up from 177 the previous week, had the highest number, while Dullingham and Cheveley, with 68, had the fewest.

East Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 15,533 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of January 14, 2022
  • 480 cases in the five days from January 10-14, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 102 deaths by January 14 within 28 days of a positive test, the latest of which were on December 21 and 10
  • 126 deaths, as of December 31, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Huntingdonshire

The number of Covid-19 cases in Huntingdonshire dropped by a fifth in the week to January 9 compared to the previous seven days, with 2,583 cases, down 656 (20.3 per cent).

The infection rate of 1,443.1 cases per 100,000 people was, however, the highest in the county, although below the national average of 1,585.

Yaxley and Farcet, with 201 cases, was worst hit, although this was down from 262 the previous week. St Neots Eaton Ford, with 67, had the fewest.

Huntingdonshire has recorded:

  • 36,136 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of January 14, 2022
  • 1,157 cases in the five days from January 10-14, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 294 deaths by January 14 within 28 days of a positive test, including one on January 11, one on January 10, two on January 9 and one on January 7
  • 334 deaths, as of December 31, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Fenland

Fenland witnessed a small drop in the infection rate in the week to January 9.

There were 1,281 cases of Covid-19, down 120 (8.6 per cent) on the previous seven days, taking the infection rate down to 1,254.9 cases per 100,000 people.

Wisbech South and Peckover had 158 cases, up from 142 the previous week, while Leverington, Gorefield and Tydd St Giles had the fewest, with 66.

Fenland has recorded:

  • 18,942 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of January 14, 2022
  • 704 cases in the five days from January 10-14, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 248 deaths by January 14 within 28 days of a positive test, the latest of which were on January 12, 11 and 5
  • 270 deaths, as of December 31, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Peterborough

Unlike any area of Cambridgeshire, Peterborough witnessed a rise in Covid-19 case numbers in the week to January 9, with 3,461 cases, up 228 (7.1 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate of 1,708.1 cases per 100,000 people, which was above the national average of 1,585.

Hampton Vale, with 252 cases, slightly down from 259 the previous week, had the highest number of cases, while Werrington had the fewest with 86.

Peterborough has recorded:

  • 48,658 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of January 14, 2022
  • 1,943 cases in the five days from January 10-14, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 398 deaths by January 14 within 28 days of a positive test, with the latest on January 12, 6, 4 and 1
  • 438 deaths, as of December 31, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

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