Covid-19 in Cambridgeshire 2021: Cases, infection rates and deaths for every area as variant leads to record numbers
Cambridgeshire is witnessing record numbers of Covid-19 infections.
There were 1,868 confirmed across the county in the week to December 27 and below we look in detail at every area of the county.
Many villages recorded unprecedented levels of infection, and Cambridge also broke an unwanted record, despite the absence of university students from the city.
The county’s weekly case total was up 544 (41.1 per cent) week-on-week and took the infection rate across Cambridgeshire to 285.8 cases per 100,000 people, up from 202.6 a week earlier.
The new, more easily transmissible variant of the virus is known to be circulating in the county, as it is across London and the South East, sending infection rates spiralling.
The county remains in Tier 4, and the impact of Christmas Day - when restrictions were lifted - may yet to be fully seen.
However, daily case data offers some indication. It shows a furthur 1,914 cases already recorded in the five days from December 28 to January 1, indicating that numbers are going in the wrong direction
Sadly, New Year’s Day brought news of two more deaths in the county within 28 days of a positive test. There were 16 between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve in Cambridgeshire, including two on Christmas Day.
There have now been 374 across the county since the pandemic began, or 459 if all deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate are taken into account.
These figures do not include Peterborough, which continues to record very high numbers of cases, as detailed below.
The Covid-19 infection rate in Cambridge has spiralled above the national average, with another 416 cases confirmed in the week to December 27, up 133 (47 per cent) on the previous week - and the highest number in a single week in the city since the pandemic began.
The infection rate per 100,000 people for the week was 333.3, up from 226.8.
There have been the same number of confirmed cases - 416 - in the five days from December 28-January 1, suggesting the rate remains on the rise.
Every area of the city has reported cases in the latest week, but the worst affected were Trumpington, with 69, Petersfield, with 45, Coleridge, with 44, and East Barnwell and Abbey, with 40. West Chesterton recorded the fewest number - 10.
The total number of cases recorded in the city since the pandemic began stands at 3,128.
No coronavirus-related deaths within 28 days of a positive test have been recorded in Cambridge since December 6. The current number stands at 48, or 84 if all deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate are taken into account.
The 487 Covid-19 cases recorded in South Cambridgeshire in the week to December 27 was its highest since the pandemic began.
It was up 99 (25.5 per cent) week-on-week and took the infection rate per 100,000 to 306.1 - which is above the national average and up from 243.9 a week earlier.
Many areas had record highs.
There were 64 cases in Bassinbourn and the Mordens in the week - the highest number for any area of South Cambridgeshire in a week since the pandemic began - and that followed a week of 42 cases.
Cambourne, too, was badly hit, with 45 cases. Its previous high, 25, came a week earlier.
Longstanton, Swavesey and Oakington recorded 41 cases ,while Little Shelford, Foxton and Haslingfield had 36 and Histon, Impington and Orchard Park recorded 34. There were 30 cases in Fulbourn and Teversham. With nine infections, Willinham and Over was the only area of South Cambridgeshire to record cases in single figures.
Daily figures show a further 438 confirmed cases have been recorded in the district in the five days from December 28-January 1, taking the total number since the pandemic began to 2,898 in the district.
One Covid-19 death within 28 days of a positive death was recorded in South Cambridgeshire on Christmas Eve, taking the total to 49, or 70 if all deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate are taken into account.
With 250 cases of Covid-19 confirmed in the seven days to December 27, East Cambridgeshire also had its highest weekly count since the pandemic began - but that unwanted recorded has already been broken since.
It was up 106 (73.6 per cent) week-on-week and took the infection rate per 100,000 from 160.3 to 278.3, which is close to the national average.
All areas had case numbers in double figures, with North Ely worst hit, with 40, while South Ely recorded 30.
Daily figures show that in the five days from December 28 to January 1, a further 254 have been recorded, meaning a new high will be hit in the next weekly figures.
The district has had 1,390 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.
One death within 28 days of a positive test was recorded on December 27, taking the total to 42, or 54 if all deaths mentioning the Covid-19 on the death certificate are taken into account.
A concerning 500 cases were recorded in Huntingdonshire in the week to December 27 - a record weekly number for any district of Cambridgeshire, although it is about to be surpassed once more.
Case numbers were up 217 (76.7 per cent) week-on-week and took the infection rate to 281 per 100,000 - matching the national average - from 159 a week earlier.
Worst hit was the Somersham, Riptons and Raveleys area, with 54, and Houghton, Hemingford and Fenstanton, with 40.
Daily case data shows a further 579 infections in the five days from December 28 to January 1, meaning the case rate is only accelerating.
Sadly, there were four deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test in Huntingdonshire on Christmas Eve, one on Christmas Day, one on Boxing Day and two on December 27, taking the total number to 128, or 146 if all deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate are taken into account.
With 215 cases in the week to December 27, Fenland recorded a slight week-on-week decline of 11 cases (4.9 per cent), but the number is on the rise and the area has recorded the most deaths of any district in Cambridgeshire in the last month.
The infection rate per 100,000 for the period was 211.1, down from 221.9 a week earlier, and below the national average.
Worst hit was Chatteris with 33 cases, while Whittlesey had 29.
Daily case data shows a further 227 cases in the five days from December 28 to January 1, meaning infections are on the rise again. There have been 2,152 confirmed in the district since the pandemic began.
In December, there were 22 deaths in Fenland within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test, including one recorded on Christmas Eve, one on Christmas Day, two on December 27, one on December 28, one on December 30 and two on New Year’s Day.
There have been 107 coronavirus-related deaths in the district since the pandemic began within 28 days of a positive test.
Very high numbers of Covid-19 cases continue to be recorded in Peterborough.
There were 813 in the week to December 27. This was down 24 (2.9 per cent) week on week, and took the infection rate to 402 per 100,000 people, down from 413.8 a week earlier, but still well above the national average.
With 67 cases, Hampton Vale was worst hit, while Stanground recorded 59, Fengate and Parnwell had 54, Peterborough Central recorded 53, as did West Town and Woodston, and both Central Park and the Hargate & Orton Longueville area recording 51.
Daily data shows a further 569 cases have been recorded in the five days from December 28 to January 1 in Peterborough, taking the total since the pandemic began to 7,592.
There were 48 deaths in the city within 28 days of a positive test during December, including three on Christmas Eve, five on Christmas Day, two on Boxing Day, one on December 27, four on December 28, one on December 29 and one on December 30, taking the total to 171 since the pandemic began.