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Covid-19 cases in Cambridgeshire fall by a quarter - but county has highest infection rate in the region





The number of Covid-19 cases in Cambridgeshire fell by more than a quarter in a week - but the county still has a higher than average infection rate, and is faring worse than anywhere else in the Eastern region.

The county recorded 2,738 cases in the week to February 27, down 1,095 (28.6 per cent) on the previous seven days. Below we look at how every area compares.

The infection rate of 416.6 cases per 100,000 people was above the national average of 347.6 and above all the neighbouring counties.

Cambridge recorded the highest infection rate, and has also had the lowest vaccination take-up in the county.

It is possible that some of the sharp reduction in cases may be down to reduced testing following the government’s lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, although the advice remains to isolate if you test positive even though it is no longer a legal requirement.

Case numbers fell in most age groups, although there were some small increases in some groups over 65, including the over-90s.

Cambridgeshire, excluding Peterborough, has now recorded:

  • 172,439 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of March 4, 2022
  • 3,047 in the seven days to March 4 according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 1,011 deaths by March 4 within 28 days of a positive test, including two on February 28 and one on February 25
  • 1,183 deaths, as of February 18, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

Hospitalisations

Cambridge University Hospitals had 33 Covid-19 patients on its wards on Friday (March 4), the same number as the previous Friday. Three of those were in critical care.

At Royal Papworth, there were 11 Covid-19 patients on February 28, the same number sas a week earlier. Five of them were in ventilation beds.

Vaccinations

Some 1,496,794 vaccinations have been administered in Cambridgeshire since the pandemic began.

More than four in five (82.2 per cent) people aged over 12 in the county have had a first dose, with 78 per cent receiving their second. Just under two-thirds (64.4 per cent) have had a booster or third dose.

Jabs are available on a walk-on basis at all Cambridgeshire’s large-scale vaccination sites.

Booking is available if preferred via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine.

Cambridge

There were 653 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the week to February 27, down 237 (26.6 per cent) on the previous week.

Central and West Cambridge had the highest number of cases, with 91, while the fewest were recorded in King’s Hedges, which had 29.

The infection rate of 522.1 cases per 100,000 people remained well above the national average of 347.6.

Cambridge has recorded:

  • 35,549 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of March 4, 2022
  • 666 in the seven days to March 4, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 123 deaths by March 4 within 28 days of a positive test, including one on February 16, on on February 13, two on February 12 and one on February 11
  • 163 deaths, as of February 18, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

South Cambridgeshire

There was a decline in confirmed Covid-19 cases of nearly a third in South Cambridgeshire in the week to February 27, with 698 recorded, down 326 (31.8 per cent) on the previous seven days.

The infection rate of 433.8 cases per 100,000 people was below Cambridge’s, but above the national average.

Hardwick and Highfields, with 48 cases, and Longstanton, Swavesey and Oakington, also with 48, had the highest numbers.

South Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 42,135 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of March 4, 2022
  • 835 in the last seven days to March 4, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 204 deaths by February 25 within 28 days of a positive test, including one on February 28, one on February 25 and three on February 19
  • 245 deaths, as of February 18, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

East Cambridgeshire

The Covid infection rate fell by more than a third in a week in East Cambridgeshire, with 325 cases recorded, down 184 (36.1 per cent) on the previous seven days.

The infection rate was 360.4 cases per 100,000 people, which was narrowly above the national average.

North Ely, with 67 cases, was worst hit.

East Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 21,716 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of March 4, 2022
  • 415 cases in the seven days to March 4, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 106 deaths by March 4 within 28 days of a positive test, the latest of which was on February 28
  • 130 deaths, as of February 18, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Huntingdonshire

Huntingdonshire’s infection rate of 361.5 cases per 100,000 people was also narrowly above the national average.

But the 647 cases recorded in the district in the week to February 27 was 174 fewer (21.2 per cent) than the previous seven days.

Little Paxton, Love's Farm and Great Gransden, with 50 cases, had the highest number.

Huntingdonshire has recorded:

  • 46,700 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of March 4, 2022
  • 760 cases in the seven days to March 4, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 316 deaths by March 4 within 28 days of a positive test, with the latest on February 13, 12 and 9
  • 360 deaths, as of February 18, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Fenland

Fenland recorded 415 cases in the week to February 27, down 174 (29.5 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate fell to 406.5 cases per 100,000 people, but this was above the national average.

With 50 cases, Wisbech South and Peckover had the highest number.

Fenland has recorded:

  • 26,339 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of March 4, 2022
  • 371 cases in the seven days to March 4, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 262 deaths by March 4 within 28 days of a positive test, the latest of which were on February 22 and 21
  • 285 deaths, as of February 18, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Peterborough

Peterborough had a lower infection rate than any part of neighbouring Cambridgeshire, at 347.9 cases per 100,000 people, which was on par with the national average.

The 705 cases recorded was 307 down (30.3 per cent) on the previous week and the highest number were found in Hampton Vale, which had 52, and Hargate & Orton Longueville, with 51.

Peterborough has recorded:

  • 66,247 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of March 4, 2022
  • 679 cases in the seven days to March 4, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 429 deaths by March 4 within 28 days of a positive test, including deaths on March 1, and two on February 28
  • 470 deaths, as of February 18, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

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