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Covid-19 in Cambridgeshire: Detailed weekly analysis as case numbers fall at varying rates across county




The number of Covid-19 cases in Cambridgeshire fell by nearly one-fifth in the week to January 31, but there were still a further 1,358 cases confirmed.

Covid-19 numbers are coming down in Cambridgeshire amid lockdown restrictions
Covid-19 numbers are coming down in Cambridgeshire amid lockdown restrictions

This was down 325 (19.3 per cent) on the previous week and took the infection rate to 207.8 cases per 100,000 people, which is just below the national average.

As our detailed area-by-area analysis shows below, it is a mixed picture across the region though, with case numbers falling more sharply in Cambridge than in some other districts and Fenland’s infection rate is well above the national average.

The first five days of February have brought a further 689 cases to the county and 20 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test.

Daily confirmed case numbers of Covid-19 in Cambridgeshire since November 1, 2020. Graphic: GOV.UK (44294353)
Daily confirmed case numbers of Covid-19 in Cambridgeshire since November 1, 2020. Graphic: GOV.UK (44294353)

There have now been 23,527 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, and the death toll has reached 650.

Some 251 of these were recorded in January - by far the worst monthly death toll for the county, surpassing the 148 in April 2020.

Meanwhile, a further 834 cases meant the infection rate in neighbouring Peterborough for the last week of January was one of the highest in the country.

There was good news this week, however, as our analysis showed Cambridgeshire and Peterborough was top of the Covid-19 vaccination ‘league table’.

Below, we look at the Covid-19 numbers for every district and neighbourhood.

Cambridge

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Cambridge continued to decline in the week to January 31, with 195 recorded, down 112 (36.5 per cent) week on week.

This took the infection rate to 156.3 cases per 100,000 people, well below the national average.

Every area of the city had cases, however, with East Barnwell and Abbey the worst hit, with 36 cases, followed by Queen Edith’s, with 22. There were below 10 cases in four areas: Central and West Cambridge (6), Eddington and Castle (5), Petersfield (4) and West Chesterton (6).

Daily case data shows another 116 cases between February 1-5. This means the total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began has now surpassed 5,000 in Cambridge - reaching 5,075 as of Friday (February 5).

There have been 75 deaths recorded within 28 days of a positive test - a third of them (25) were in January, the second worst monthly death toll of the pandemic so far for the city, after April 2020, when there were 30.

South Cambridgeshire

South Cambridgeshire had 309 cases in the week to January 31, which was 47 (13.2 per cent) down week-on-week - a slower rate of decline than in neighbouring Cambridge.

The infection rate of 194.2 cases per 100,000 people was also higher than Cambridge’s, but lower than the national average.

Worst affected again was Histon, Impington and Orchard Park, with 36 cases, although this was well down on the 64 recorded the previous week and the area’s lowest figure since December.

Great Shelford and Stapleford recorded the fewest number of cases, with three.

In nine areas, the number of infections was up week-on-week, showing there is no room for complacency.

The first five days of February has brought 161 confirmed cases, suggesting a slower rate of infection.

Two more coronavirus-related deaths within 28 days of a positive test were recorded on Friday (February 5), taking the total to 114 since the pandemic began.

Of these, 62 were recorded in January - more than twice as many as the previous highest monthly death toll for the district, which came in April 2020, when 25 died.

East Cambridgeshire

There were 155 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the district in the week to January 31, down 31 (16.7 per cent).

This took the infection rate down to 172.5 per 100,000 peoplem which is below the national average.

Two areas recorded an increases in cases though - in Swaffham and Bottisham, infections trebled week-on-week from nine to 27, while in Little Downham and Sutton the numbers rose from 12 to 15. Worst hit in the district though was Soham, with 33, while South Ely, with five, had the fewest cases.

Daily case data shows a further 77 cases reported from February 1-5, taking the total number to 2,609 since the pandemic began.

There have been 82 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, including two on February 1. The 37 Covid-19 deaths recorded in January was the highest of the pandemic for East Cambridgeshire, surpassing the 25 in April 2020.

Huntingdonshire

There was a modest fall in case numbers in Huntingdonshire in the week to January 31, with 390 recorded - down 58 (12.9 per cent) on the previous seven days.

This took the infection rate to 219.1 per 100,000 people, which is equivalent to the national average.

Huntingdon Central and West was worst affected, with 42 cases, followed by Yaxley and Farcet with 35 and St Neots Eynesbury with 33. Six areas had an increase in cases, week-on-week.

Daily case data shows a further 193 cases in the five days from February 1-5, taking the total confirmed in Huntingdonshire since the pandemic began to 6,517.

There have been 196 deaths, including four in the first five days of February. There were 64 in the district in January - the previous highest monthly death toll was 39, in April 2020.

Fenland

There were 309 cases in the week to January 31, down 77 (19.9 per cent) week-on-week.

But the infection rate of 303.4 per 100,000 was well above the national average and easily the highest in Cambridgeshire.

Worst affected for the fifth week running was Wisbech South and Peckover, with 77 cases, although this was down week-on-week for the first time in a month.

Wisbech North, with 63 cases, was the second worst affected area. Outside of Wisbech, the highest total was Whittlesey, with 35 cases.

Daily case data shows a further 160 cases from February 1-5, taking the total confirmed in Fenland since the pandemic began to 4,195.

There have been 183 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, including nine in February so far. More than a third of these deaths - 63 - were recorded in January. The previous highest monthly death toll was 34 in May 2020.

Peterborough

The infection rate in Peterborough remains one of the highest in the country.

There were another 834 cases recorded in the week to January 31, which was down 122 (12.8 per cent) on the previous seven days.

The infection rate was 412.3 cases per 100,000 people.

Worst affected was Hampton Vale with 63 cases, while Peterborough Central had 61 and Fengate and Parnwell had 60.

Seven areas recorded a week-on-week increase.

There have now been 12,414 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the city since the pandemic began, including 368 in the first five days of February.

There have been 16 deaths from February 1-5, taking the total to 283 within 28 days of a positive test - 93 of these came in January, which was more than April 2020 (40) and May 2020 (35) combined.

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