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The number of Covid-19 cases in Cambridgeshire rose by nearly a quarter in the latest weekly figures, with the infection rate among younger people rising following the return of schools following half-term.

Cambridgeshire had 2,612 cases in the week to November 14, up 489 (23 per cent) on the previous week.

Below, we look in detail at how every area and age group is affected, along with details on hospitalisations.

Cambridgeshire was declared an Enhanced Response Area for the virus by the government, a status due to last at least five weeks from November 1. It followed concern over rising infection rates, including among more vulnerable older age groups, and means extra resources are being put in to drive up vaccination rates.

It was half-term at the end of October, however, that had the most instant impact, driving down the spiralling infection rates among younger age groups, as we have reported over the last two weeks.

However, that effect appeared to have worn off this week, with rising case numbers among those aged 5-9, 10-14 and 15-19.

Efforts to speed up the vaccination of the 12-15 age group are under way, with large-scale vaccination sites offering jabs to those with parental consent who do not wish to wait for the schools roll-out.

Rises in case numbers were also seen in every age group from 25 to 64, some of which may reflect transmission within families. The good news, however, is that there was no rise in over-65s.

Cambridgeshire’s infection rate of 397.4 cases per 100,000 people was narrowly below the national infection rate of 403.1.

Cambridgeshire, excluding Peterborough, has now recorded:

  • 75,333 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of November 19, 2021
  • 1,529 in the five days from November 15-19 according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 888 deaths by November 19 within 28 days of a positive test, with two on November 16 and one on each of November 13, 12 and 11
  • 1,058 deaths, as of November 5, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

Hospitalisations

The number of Covid patients at Addenbrooke’s has halved in 10 days.

There were 63 at the Cambridge hospital on November 9 but by Friday (November 19), this had dropped to 29, including six on critical care.

There will be concern, however, that rising numbers in the community could reverse the trend.

The Royal Papworth Hospital had 10 patients on its Covid wards, with eight on ventilation, on Tuesday (November 16).

Cambridge

There was a small rise in Covid-19 cases in the week to November 14.

There were 391 cases, up 32 (8.9 per cent), taking the infection rate to 312.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Cherry Hinton was worst affected with 58 cases, up from 36 the previous week, while Trumpington had 54, up from 39. A number of places witnessed a decline, including Arbury, from 37 cases to 21, as did King’s Hedges, from 34 to 26, and Romsey, from 40 to 26.

Cambridge has recorded:

  • 13,967 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of November 19, 2021
  • 262 in the five days from November 15-19, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 106 deaths by November 19 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on November 9 and 4.
  • 146 deaths, as of November 5, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

South Cambridgeshire

There was a significant increase in cases in South Cambridgeshire in the week to November 14. There were 789 cases, up 229 (40.9 per cent) on the previous week. The infection rate rose to 490.4 cases per 100,000 people.

Meldreth, Melbourn and Great Chishill had 77 cases, up from 39, while the number rose in Cambourne from 45 to 60. Most areas witnessed a rise, with case numbers nearly doubling in Waterbeach and Landbeach from 18 to 35.

South Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 17,246 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of November 12, 2021
  • 468 cases in the five days from November 15-19, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 173 deaths by November 19 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on November 12
  • 218 deaths, as of November 5, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

East Cambridgeshire

There was a small rise in Covid cases in East Cambridgeshire in the week to November 14, with 370 recorded, up 19 (5.4 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate was 410.3 cases per 100,000 people, which was narrowly above the national average of 403.1..

Soham, with 79 cases, up from 67, was worst hit, while numbers rose in North Ely from 35 to 55 and in Haddenham, Stretham and Witchford from 40 to 50.

East Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 9,734 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of November 19, 2021
  • 248 cases in the five days from November 15-19, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 96 deaths by November 19 within 28 days of a positive test, including three on November 2 and one on October 31
  • 119 deaths, as of October 29, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Huntingdonshire

Huntingdonshire witnessed a rise in Covid cases of more than a third in the week to November 14.

There were 769 cases, up 204 (36.1 per cent) on the previous week, taking the infection rate beyond the national average to 429.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Case numbers more than doubled in Huntingdon Sapley and Oxmoor, from 29 to 68, while in Godmanchester, numbers rose from 29 to 57, and in Somersham, Riptons and Raveleys rose from 31 to 58.

Huntingdonshire has recorded:

  • 21,442 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of November 19, 2021
  • 371 cases in the five days from November 15-19, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 276 deaths by November 19 within 28 days of a positive test, including two on November 16 and one on November 8
  • 316 deaths, as of November 5, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Fenland

Fenland also witnessed a rise in Covid cases, although the rise was less pronounced here than elsewhere.

There were 293 cases in the week to November 14, up five (1.7 per cent), and the infection rate reached 287 cases per 100,000 people, which was below the national average.

Whittlesey had 58 cases, up from 40, while numbers rose from 20 to 30 in Leverington, Gorefield and Tydd St Giles. Case numbers halved in March North, however, from 36 to 18.

Fenland has recorded:

  • 12,944 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of November 19, 2021
  • 180 cases in the five days from November 15-19, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 237 deaths by November 19 within 28 days of a positive test, the latest of which were on November 11 and 9
  • 259 deaths, as of November 5, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Peterborough

There was a rise in cases of more than a quarter in a week in Peterborough.

It recorded 930 cases, up 205 (28.3 per cent), taking the infection rate to 459 cases per 100,000, above the national rate of 403.1.

Stanground had 76 cases, up from 47, while numbers more than doubled in Paston, from 32 to 68.

Three more Covid-19 related deaths were recorded in a week in Peterborough.

Peterborough has recorded:

  • 33,576 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of November 12, 2021
  • 475 cases in the five days from November 15-19, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 375 deaths by November 19 within 28 days of a positive test, with the latest on November 15, 10 and 9
  • 415 deaths, as of November 5, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

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