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Cambridgeshire’s Covid-19 infection rate continues to be around the highest it has ever been since the pandemic began.

Ten to 14-year-olds continue to be by far the worst affected as the virus spreads among schoolchildren.

Below we look at how every area of the county is affected.

The 3,401 cases recorded in the week to October 14 was the second highest rolling seven-day number of the whole pandemic - only eclipsed by the 3,584 seen in the week to January 4.

Latest figures, for the week to October 17, show 3,265 cases, up 63 (two per cent) on the previous seven days. The infection rate of 496.8 cases per 100,000 people was above the national average of 465.4.

Some 841 of the cases were seen among those aged 10-14.

Amid concern over the speed of the roll-out of jabs to 12- to 15-year-olds, the data shows schoolchildren by far the worst affected. But there are also relatively high numbers among age groups that would include many of the affected schoolchildren’s parents - such as 40-44 and 45-49.

Cambridgeshire, excluding Peterborough, has now recorded:

  • 64,850 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 22, 2021
  • 2,164 in the five days from October 18-22 according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 855 deaths by October 22 within 28 days of a positive test, the most recent of which were on October 19, 18 and 16
  • 1,034 deaths, as of October 8, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

Hospitalisations

Addenbrooke’s had 30 patients on its Covid wards on Tuesday, October 19, including 12 on ventilation. The Cambridge hospital has admitted between one and nine Covid patients every day in October

The Royal Papworth Hospital had 12 Covid patients on its wards, including eight on ventilation.

Vaccinations

The number of Covid vaccinations administered in Cambridgeshire (excluding Peterborough) has now exceeded the one million mark.

The number reached 1,000,767 as of October 21. Some 77.1 per cent of over-12s in the county have had a first dose, while 71.7 per cent have had two doses.

The percentages in Cambridge are lower, according to official figures, with 62.6 per cent having had one dose and 56.9 having had two - although these numbers may be an underestimate due to the considerable uncertainty around the city’s fluctuating population.

You can find details of walk-in vaccinations sites here.

Those now eligible for booster vaccinations are being contacted.

And in schools, the programme of vaccinating 12 to 15-year-olds is being supplemented with community venues being used to offer vaccinations to those whose schools were only partially vaccinated during initial visits.

Cambridge

Cambridge is faring better than the national average in terms of Covid infection, but cases rose by more than a quarter in the latest week.

There were 367 cases in the seven days to October 17, up 82 (28.8 per cent) on the previous week. The infection rate was 293.5 cases per 100,000 people - below the national average of 465.4.

Trumpington was again the worst affected area, but the 38 cases there were down considerably on the 66 from previous week. Cherry Hinton, with 34, up from 25, was the second worst affected. Petersfield, with nine cases, had the fewest.

Cambridge has recorded:

  • 12,406 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 22, 2021
  • 266 in the five days from October 18-22, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 101 deaths by October 22 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on October 16 and 9
  • 142 deaths, as of October 8, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

South Cambridgeshire

South Cambridgeshire has had the highest number of Covid-19 cases in any seven-day period over the last week. The 866 recorded in the week to October 15 was the most in any seven-day period of the pandemic. In the second wave, during January, the highest weekly figure was 807.

Latest figures show 836 cases to October 17, up 83 (11 per cent) on the previous week, taking the infection rate to 519.6 cases per 100,000 people, above the national average.

Cambourne, with 96 cases, was again the worst hit although this was narrowly down on the 100 recorded in the previous week.

Papworth, Caxton and Fen Drayton, with 74 cases, up from 56, was second worst hit, while Cottenham, with 16 cases, had the fewest.

South Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 14,320 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 22, 2021
  • 498 cases in the five days from October 18-22, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 169 deaths by October 22 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on October 5
  • 215 deaths, as of October 8, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

East Cambridgeshire

Covid case numbers declined slightly in East Cambridgeshire in the week to October 17, with 474, down 42 (8.1 per cent).

However, the 525.7 cases per 100,000 people was above the national average of 465.4.

North Ely, with 93 cases, was worst hit again, while Littleport, with 66, up from 42, was second worst. The fewest cases were seen in Isleham, Fordham and Chippenham, with 21.

East Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 7,943 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 22, 2021
  • 367 cases in the five days from October 18-22, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 93 deaths by October 22 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on October 13, 12 and 9
  • 114 deaths, as of October 8, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Huntingdonshire

There were nearly 1,000 cases in a week in Huntingdonshire.

But the 989 recorded in the seven days to October 17 was down 59 (5.6 per cent). The infection rate was 552.6 cases per 100,000 people.

St Neots Eaton Ford was the area worst hit, with 83 cases, up from 78, while Huntingford Hartford with just nine, had the fewest.

Huntingdonshire has recorded:

  • 18,649 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 22, 2021
  • 620 cases in the five days from October 18-22, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 267 deaths by October 22 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on September 18 and 17
  • 313 deaths, as of October 8, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Fenland

The number of Covid-19 cases in Fenland for the week to October 17 was 599 - down just one (0.2 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate of 586.8 cases per 100,000 people was the highest of any district in Cambridgeshire, with Wisbech South and Peckover worst hit, with 93 cases, up from 52.

March East, with 28, had the fewest.

Fenland has recorded:

  • 11,532 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 22, 2021
  • 413 cases in the five days from October 18-22, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 225 deaths by October 22 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on October 19 and 18
  • 250 deaths, as of October 8, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Peterborough

The infection rate in Peterborough was 662.8 cases per 100,000 people for the week to October 17 - higher than anywhere in Cambridgeshire.

There were 1,343 cases, up 50 (3.9 per cent) on the previous week.

Hampton Vale, with 129 cases, up from 89, was the worst hit anywhere in Peterborough or Cambridgeshire. Orton Malborne and Goldhay, with 110 cases, down from 124, was second worst hit.

Eight deaths within 28 days of a positive test have been recorded in the city in October.

Peterborough has recorded:

  • 30,015 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of October 22, 2021
  • 836 cases in the five days from October 18-22, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 362 deaths by October 22 within 28 days of a positive test, with the most recent on October 19, 16, 15, 14, 12, 9, 6 and 2
  • 405 deaths, as of October 8, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

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