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Covid-19 infection rate above UK average in Cambridgeshire: Latest case data for every area analysed




The Covid-19 infection rate for Cambridgeshire was above the national average for the week to February 28.

At 82.3 cases per 100,000, it was above neighbouring Hertfordshire (58.8), Essex (60.7), Suffolk (45.7) and Norfolk (48.7) and Central Bedfordshire (64.8).

A scientist studies a Covid-19 sample
A scientist studies a Covid-19 sample

However, examining the data at a more localised level reveals a mixed picture. Below, we explore the number of cases and deaths for every area of Cambridgeshire in detail and detail the 27 neighbourhoods that recorded week-on-week rises in infections.

The analysis shows how two districts - South Cambridgeshire and East Cambridgeshire - had infection rates below average, while Cambridge’s was level with the national rate. However, in Huntingdonshire, the infection rate was above average and Fenland had one of the highest rates in the country.

Neighbouring Peterborough (173.8) had an infection rate more than twice that of Cambridgeshire.

Overall, Cambridgeshire recorded a decline in case numbers for the week to February 28, with 538, down 109 (16.8 per cent), as the vaccine roll-out continues apace, and ahead of the return of all pupils to classrooms from the week of March 8.

Daily case numbers in Cambridgeshire. Graphic: PHE
Daily case numbers in Cambridgeshire. Graphic: PHE

There have been 19 more deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test since February 22, taking the total in the county to 762.

By February 19, there had been 878 deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate in the county.

Cambridge

Cambridge recorded exactly the same number of Covid-19 cases in the week to February 28 as the previous seven-day period.

There were 82 cases in the week, which meant the infection rate was 65.7 cases per 100,000 people, which is equivalent to the national average.

For the second week, King’s Hedges recorded the highest number of cases - 10 - but this was down from 22 the previous week.

Five areas recorded increases - Arbury (eight, up from three), Central and West Cambridge (five, up from 0-2), Cherry Hinton (six, up from 0-2), Queen Edith’s (six, up from four) and Romsey (nine, up from six).

Encouragingly, daily case data - which is subject to updates - shows only 16 cases in the five days from March 1-5. These took the total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began to 5,419.

Three more deaths within 28 days fo a positive test were recorded in the week to February 28, taking the total to 86.

If all deaths with Covid-19 on the death certificate are taken into account, there have been 125, as of February 19.

South Cambridgeshire

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases rose in South Cambridgeshire in the week to February 28.

There were 84, up 14 (20 per cent), which took the infection rate to 52.8 cases per 100,000 - which is below the national average.

Only one area recorded case numbers in double figures - Bar Hill and Boxworth, where case numbers rose from five to 16 week-on-week.

It was one of eight areas to record an increase - Girton and Barton (five, up from three), Hardwick and Highfields (three, up from 0-2), Histon, Impington and Orchard Park (six, up from three), Linton and Balsham (six, up from 0-2), Little Shelford, Foxton and Haslingfield (seven, up from four), Meldreth, Melbourn and Great Chishill (four, up from 0-2) and Sawston (three, up from 0-2) were the others.

There have now been 5,529 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. Daily case data, which could be updated, shows only 19 cases in the five days from March 1-5.

There have been five more Covid-19 deaths in the district since February 22, taking the total to 151. If all deaths with Covid-19 on the death certificate are taken into account, the total is 176, as of February 19.

East Cambridgeshire

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases fell in East Cambridgeshire b 31.7 per cent week on week.

There were 41 cases, down 19, in the week to February 28, taking the infection rate to 45.6 cases per 100,000, which is below the national average.

No areas recorded case numbers in double figures. North Ely, with eight cases, up from four, was worst hit. Swaffham and Bottisham, with seven cases up from six, was the only other place to record an increase.

There have been 16 more cases recorded from March 1-5, according to daily case data, which is subject to revision. These took the total number of cases in the district since the pandemic began to 2,861.

Four more deaths within 28 days of a positive test have been recorded since February 22, taking the total to 92. If all deaths mentioning Covid-19 are taken into account, there have been 107, as of February 19.

Huntingdonshire

The number of confirmed cases in Huntingdonshire fell by 26.7 per cent in the week to February 28.

There were 154 recorded, down 56 on the previous week, taking the infection rate to 86.5 cases per 100,000, which is above the national average.

Worst hit was Yaxley and Farcet, with 21 cases. It was one of nine areas to record a week-on-week increase, as our table shows.

There have been 110 cases recorded from March 1-5, according to the latest daily case data, which could be revised. These took the total in the district since the pandemic began to 7,366.

Nine more deaths with 28 days of a positive test have been recorded since February 22, taking the total to 237. By February 19, there had been 253 deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate.

Fenland

The infection rate in Fenland was one of the highest in the UK at 173.8 cases per 100,000 for the week ending February 28.

There were 177 cases, down 48 (21.3 per cent), week-on-week.

Wisbech and March again recorded significant infection numbers, with Wisbech North (38 cases, down from 67) and Wisbech South and Peckover (35, down from 45) worst hit, followed by March East (28, up from 22) next.

The latter was one of three areas to record an increase - March North (16, up from 15) and March West (10, up from seven), were the others.

There have another 65 cases from March 1-5, according to daily case data, which is subject to revision. These took the total since the pandemic past an unwanted milestone to 5,029.

In better news, there have been no Covid-19 deaths in Fenland for the last couple of weeks. The district has recorded 196 within 28 days of a positive test since the pandemic began.

By February 19, there had been 217 deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate.

Peterborough

Peterborough’s infection rate remained one of the UK’s highest at 177.5 cases per 100,000 for the week to February 28.

There were 359 cases, but this was down 177 (33 per cent) on the previous week, and only four areas recorded an increase - Fletton (27, up from 20), Glinton, Northborough and Maxey (nine, up from seven), North Bretton and Westwood (23, up from 14) and Walton (12, up from three).

Worst hit was Millfield and Bourges Boulevard, with 62 cases - more than in the whole of East Cambridgeshire - but this was down from 113 the previous week.

There have been a further 178 cases from March 1-5 according to daily case data, which could yet be updated. These took the total in Peterborough since the pandemic began to 14,272.

Three more deaths within 28 days of a positive test have been recorded in Peterborough since February 22, taking the total to 331. By February 19, there had been 346 deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate.

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