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Covid-19 in Cambridgeshire: Highest number of daily positive tests in Cambridge since February - but hospital numbers low



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There has been a notable rise in confirmed Covid-19 cases in Cambridgeshire in recent days, as the dominant and easily transmissible Delta variant continues to spread.

The 51 positive tests recorded across the county on Wednesday (June 16) was the highest daily number since March 24. Some 23 of those positive tests were recorded in Cambridge, as we describe below, where we look at every area of the county in detail.

Daily Covid-19 case numbers in Cambridgeshire (48367221)
Daily Covid-19 case numbers in Cambridgeshire (48367221)

The rising case numbers are part of the national trend that prompted the Prime Minister to announce a delay to the date when remaining lockdown restrictions are lifted from June 21 to July 19.

But more encouraging news has come from Cambridge’s hospitals, where there continue to be low numbers of Covid-19 patients on the wards, demonstrating that the vaccination roll-out is helping to prevent many serious cases developing and saving lives.

Latest figures showed there was one Covid patient on the wards at Addenbrooke’s on Tuesday (June 15) and this individual was on ventilation. Royal Papworth Hospital had three, all on ventilation.

The number of vaccination in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough reached more than 975,000 by June 13, 2021
The number of vaccination in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough reached more than 975,000 by June 13, 2021

There were 184 positive cases in Cambridgeshire in the week to June 13, up 66 (55.9 per cent) on the previous week. The infection rate was 28.2 cases per 100,000.

The latest data shows Cambridgeshire, excluding Peterborough, has now recorded:

  • 28,844 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of May 28, 2021
  • 197 in the five days from June 14-18, according daily case data, which is subject to change, but is already a rise on the 184 seen in the week to June 13
  • 803 deaths by June 18 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on June 7
  • 983 deaths, as of June 4, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

Vaccination numbers for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

More than 975,000 Covid-19 jabs have been administered in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group area.

Everyone aged 18 and over can now book a jab as the vaccination programme continues apace.

Cambridge

Cambridge has witnessed a notable rise in positive cases in recent days.

There have been 70 in the five days from June 14-18, more than double the 34 seen in the preceding week.

The 23 positive tests recorded on June 16 was the highest daily number since February 4.

Prior to the recent spike, the weekly case numbers had been steadier.

The 34 cases seen in the seven days to June 13 was up six (21.4 per cent) on the previous week and meant the weekly infection rate to that date was 27.2 cases per 100,000 people, below the national average. Seven areas of the city recorded more than two cases in the week, with the highest number - seven - seen in Central and West Cambridge.

Cambridge has recorded:

  • 5,974 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 70 in the five days from June 14-18, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 88 deaths by June 18 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on February 25;
  • 134 deaths, as of June 4, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

South Cambridgeshire

Confirmed Covid-19 case numbers nearly doubled in the week to June 13, rising by 25 (92.6 per cent) to 52. The infection rate was 32.7 cases per 100,000 people.

Histon, Impington and Orchard Park recorded nine cases, while there were eight in Bassingbourn and the Mordens. Four other areas recorded more than two cases.

South Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 5,975 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 38 cases in the five days from June 14-18, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 161 deaths by June 18 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on April 27
  • 205 deaths, as of June 4, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

East Cambridgeshire

Covid case numbers held steady in East Cambridgeshire in the week to June 13, with 14 recorded, up by just one (7.7 per cent) on the previous week.

Haddenham, Stretham and Witchford recorded five and North Ely had three confirmed cases, but no other areas in the district had more than two.

The infection rate of 15.6 cases per 100,000 people was well below the national average.

East Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 3,097 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 16 cases in the five days from June 14-18, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 87 deaths by June 18 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on February 15
  • 109 deaths, as of June 4, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Huntingdonshire

There were 49 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Huntingdonshire in the week to June 13, up 15 (44.1 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate was 27.5 cases per 100,000 people.

Seven areas had more than two cases, with Little Paxton, Love's Farm and Great Gransden recording seven, the highest in the district.

Huntingdonshire has recorded:

  • 8,070 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 37 cases in the five days from June 14-18, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 255 deaths by June 18 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on June 7
  • 299 deaths, as of June 4, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Fenland

Covid-19 case numbers in Fenland more than doubled from a low base in the week to June 13.

There were 35 recorded, up 19 (118.8 per cent) on the previous week.

Fourteen of these cases were in Whittlesey, while Coates, Benwick and Pondersbridge had nine.

The infection rate was 34.4 cases per 100,000, which was the highest in Cambridgeshire for that week.

Fenland has recorded:

  • 5,728 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 36 cases in the five days from June 14-18, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 212 deaths by June 18 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on April 30
  • 236 deaths, as of June 4, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Peterborough

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Peterborough for the week to June 13 was 61, up 18 (41.9 per cent) on the previous week.

West Town and Woodston, with seven cases, was the area with the most cases.

The infection rate was 30.2 cases per 100,000 people.

Peterborough has recorded:

  • 16,039 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 48 cases in the five days from June 14-18, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 329 deaths by June 18 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on April 16, according to preliminary Public Health England data
  • 378 deaths, as of June 4, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

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