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Covid-19 infections in Cambridgeshire by area and age group: Cases rise by a fifth with highest numbers among schoolchildren



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The number of Covid-19 infections in Cambridgeshire has risen by a fifth in a week.

There were 2,011 recorded in the week to September 19, up 341 (20.4 per cent) on the previous seven days, as every district witnessed a rise in infections.

Below we examine in detail how every area was affected, down to a neighbourhood level.

Health authorities have been monitoring the impact of the return of schools on transmission of the virus.

The Cambridge Independent learned that there were 521 cases across 133 educational settings in Cambridgeshire in the week to September 17.

Examining the number of cases by age group shows how the 10-14 age group recorded by far the highest number of infections in the week to September 19.

A graph of infection rates per 100,000 underscores the higher prevalence of the virus among this age group, and those aged five to nine and 15 to 19.

While the return of classes could be expected to fuel a rise in infections, it should also be noted that many more milder cases are likely to be picked up now as more testing is carried out than during the summer.

Examining the ‘heatmap’ of infections, which shows how different age groups have been affected over time, shows an increasing concentration of cases confirmed among those aged five to 19.

A heatmap of Covid-19 infections over time, with younger age groups at the bottom, and the oldest at the top. Darker colours represent a higher number of infections. Graph: PHE
A heatmap of Covid-19 infections over time, with younger age groups at the bottom, and the oldest at the top. Darker colours represent a higher number of infections. Graph: PHE

The infection rate in Cambridgeshire for the week was 306 cases per 100,000 people, which was narrowly below the national average of 312.6, although two districts were on the wrong side of this figure.

Nationally, the number of cases rose 13.5 per cent in the week, with 234,213 in the seven days to September 19, up 27,881 on the previous week.

Cambridgeshire, excluding Peterborough, has now recorded:

  • 52,797 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of September 24, 2021
  • 1, 498 in the five days from September 20-24 according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 843 deaths by September 24 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on September 22, 21 and 18, with three on September 17 and one on September 16
  • 1,015 deaths, as of September 10, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

Hospitalisations

Addenbrooke’s has admitted between one and seven Covid-19 patients each day this month, and had 26 on its wards on Tuesday (September 21), nine of whom were on ventilation.

At the Royal Papworth Hospital next door, which has specialist facilities, there were eight Covid-19 patients that day, all on ventilation.

Vaccinations

Four-fifths (79.8 per cent) of over-16s in Cambridgeshire have now had their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination - equating to 508,040 doses.

A further 473,310 second doses have been administered, meaning nearly three-quarters (74.3 per cent) have had both doses.

Cambridge continues to lag well behind these proportions, with 103,031 first doses administered, which official estimates suggest is 64.1 per cent of the population. A further 93,306 second doses - officially just 58 per cent - have had two doses. Uncertainty over the city’s fluctuating population levels may mean these percentages are an under-estimate.

Some 65 per cent of 16 and 17-year-olds in Cambridgeshire have now received a Covid-19 vaccination.

Walk-in centres continue to offer jabs without an appointment to all over-16s - you can see a list of vaccination centre opening hours and locations here.

And the role of pupils to those aged 12-15 is beginning in Cambridgeshire’s schools.

Cambridge

There were 297 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Cambridge in the week to September 19, up 12 (4.2 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate was 237.5 cases per 100,000 people - below the national average of 312.6.

Trumpington was worst affected, for the second week running, with 68 cases, while Eddington and Castle, and West Chesterton, had the fewest, with 12.

The latest Covid-19 related death in the city was recorded on Wednesday (September 22).

Cambridge has recorded:

  • 11,162 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of September 24, 2021
  • 185 in the five days from September 20-24, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 98 deaths by September 24 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on September 22 and 17
  • 139 deaths, as of September 10, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

South Cambridgeshire

There were 422 cases of Covid-19 confirmed in South Cambridgeshire in the week to September 19, which was up 32 (8.2 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate was 262.3 cases per 100,000 people.

Willingham and Over, with 58 cases, and Papworth, Caxton and Fen Drayton, with 50 cases, had the highest number of infections.

Sawston, along with Waterbeach and Landbeach, had the fewest, with seven each.

South Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 11,521 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of September 24, 2021
  • 275 cases in the five days from September 20-24, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 168 deaths by September 24 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on September 16 and 5
  • 212 deaths, as of September 10, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

East Cambridgeshire

There was a notable rise in cases in East Cambridgeshire for the week to September 19, with 255 cases recorded, up 83 (48.3 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection was rate of 282.8 cases per 100,000 was above that of South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge, but below neighbouring Fenland.

Haddenham, Stretham and Witchford recorded the highest number of cases, with 55, significantly up on the 15 recorded the previous week. North Ely had 42 cases, up from 28, while Little Downham and Sutton had 39, nearly double the 20 recorded the previous week.

East Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 6,061 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of September 24, 2021
  • 248 cases in the five days from September 20-24, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 90 deaths by September 24 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on September 7
  • 113 deaths, as of September 10, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Huntingdonshire

Confirmed Covid-19 cases rose by more than a third in Huntingdonshire in the week to September 19, with 642 recorded, up 175, or 37.5 per cent, on the previous week.

The infection rate was 358.7 cases per 100,000 people, which was above the national average of 312.6.

Worst hit was Brampton, the Stukeleys and the Alconburys, with 69 cases, up from 40 the previous week. There was also a notable rise in Little Paxton, Love's Farm and Great Gransden, where 58 cases were recorded, up from 36. Huntingdon Hartford, with 15 cases, had the fewest in the district.

Huntingdonshire has recorded:

  • 14,806 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of September 24, 2021
  • 515 cases in the five days from September 20-24, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 267 deaths by September 24 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on September 18 and 17
  • 309 deaths, as of September 10, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Fenland

Fenland had the highest infection rate in the county at 387 cases per 100,000 people, above the national average of 312.6.

There were 395 case confirmed, up 39 (11 per cent) on the previous week, with Doddington, Wimblington and Manea worst affected, with 70 cases, up from 41.

Whittlesey, which had recorded the highest number of cases in Fenland throughout August and September to date, saw a welcome drop in numbers from 89 to 62, although this was still the second highest figure in the district. Chatteris, with 55, was third worst affected.

The latest Covid-19 related death in Fenland was recorded on Tuesday

Fenland has recorded:

  • 9,247 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of September 24, 2021
  • 221 cases in the five days from September 20-24, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 220 deaths by September 24 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on September 21 and 17
  • 242 deaths, as of September 10, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Peterborough

Unlike every area of Cambridgeshire, Peterborough witnessed a decline in Covid-19 infections in the week to September 19, compared to the previous seven days.

There were 644 recorded, down 136 (17.4 per cent), taking the infection rate to 317.8 cases per 100,000, narrowly above the national average of 312.6.

Worst affected was Stanground, with 74 cases, up from 51, while Werrington had the fewest, with just five.

Peterborough has recorded:

  • 25,235 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of September 24, 2021
  • 392 cases in the five days from September 20-24, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 354 deaths by September 24 within 28 days of a positive test, with the most recent on September 21, 20 and 17
  • 397 deaths, as of September 10, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

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