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Covid-19 infections in Cambridgeshire to December 4: Latest case numbers reveal encouraging trend in many areas




Covid-19 infection rates have fallen around Cambridgeshire thanks to lockdown restrictions and are now at levels not seen since mid-October.

Below we analyse the picture in detail in each area and enable you to find the case numbers where you live.

Covid-19 case number fell in Cambridgeshire during lockdown (43420363)
Covid-19 case number fell in Cambridgeshire during lockdown (43420363)

The first Covid-19 vaccinations are due to be administered on Tuesday (December 8), beginning a long national roll-out.

Meanwhile Cambridgeshire, following the ending of lockdown on Wednesday, is adapting to life under the government’s Tier 2 restrictions.

With 414 cases in the week of November 23-29, the county’s infection rate stood at 63.3 per 100,000 people.

At its height on November 12, the weekly rate stood at 149.8 - and in certain parts of the county was much higher still.

Cambridgeshire has now had 7,412 confirmed infections since the outbreak began and 132 coronavirus-related deaths, with 123 of those occurring within 28 days of a positive test.

Peterborough’s figures remain far higher than Cambridgeshire’s however, with the latest weekly infection rate standing at 206.2. That is nearly three times that of Cambridge.

Cambridge

There were 87 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the week to November 29, down from 140 in the previous week.

The infection rate is now at 69.7 cases per 100,000 population - down from 112.2 for the previous seven-day period.

This rate has been steadily declining since a high of 288.5 cases per 100,000 for the week to November 13 and is now the lowest it has been since October 11, when the return of students to the University of Cambridge began to see case numbers lift significantly.

The university’s latest figures, from its own testing regime, found just six cases in the week of November 23-29 - down from 52 the previous week and 234 for the week of November 9-15.

The university is now ensuring all students - whether they live in college halls or not - are able to access testing as they head home for Christmas over the coming days.

Central and West Cambridge had 11 cases in the week of November 23-29, but this was well down on recent numbers. King’s Hedges recorded the same. Cherry Hinton had 10, but everywhere else in the city had single figure case numbers - a clear demonstration that the lockdown restrictions in place until December 2 had a major impact on bringing down rates.

The city has had 1,922 confirmed cases as of overall and 83 deaths with Covid-19 on a death certificate, 47 of which had occurred within 28 days of a positive test. The last coronavirus-related death happened on November 19.

Latest data shows a further 43 cases between November 30 and December 4.

South Cambridgeshire

There was a coronavirus-related death in South Cambridgeshire on Thursday December 4, taking the total to 44 within 28 days of a positive test, or 64 if all those with Covid-19 on their death certificate are included.

There were 75 confirmed cases in the week to November 29, down from 101 the previous week, and the infection rate has fallen to 47.1 cases per 100,000 from 63.5. At its peak, on November 12, the infection rate in South Cambridgeshire hit 123.8.

Histon, Impington and Orchard Park, with 14 cases in the week of November 23-29, was the only area of the district with case numbers in double figures.

Nine areas recorded 0-2 cases.

The latest daily figures show 20 cases were recorded on November 30, however, with 24 from December 1-4, indicating that the virus is still very much present.

As of December 4, South Cambridgeshire has had 1,429 confirmed cases.

East Cambridgeshire

There were 48 confirmed cases in the week of November 23-29 in East Cambridgeshire, down from 77 in the preceding week. The infection rate has fallen to 53.4 cases per 100,000 people from 85.7.

With 12 cases, Soham was worst affected in the latest figures.

Latest daily data shows a further 44 cases between November 30 and December 4, taking the total confirmed infections since the outbreak began to 674.

There have been 54 deaths with Covid-19 on the certificate in East Cambridgeshire, including two in the week ending November 20. Of those, 36 were within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test.

Huntingdonshire

One death within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test was reported in Huntingdonshire on Friday December 4, taking the total number to 118 or 141, if all deaths with Covid-19 on the death certificate are included. Five deaths within 28 days of a positive test were recorded in November in the district.

There were 99 cases in the week of November 23-29, down from 118 the previous week.

The infection rate fell to 55.6 cases per 100,000 from 66.3.

Worst hit in the latest week was Yaxley and Farcet with 23 cases. Huntingdon Sapley and Oxmoorwhile had 12, while everywhere else had fewer than 10 cases.

With a further 34 cases reported from November 30-December 3, the district has now had a total of 2,063 confirmed infections since the pandemic began.

Fenland

Fenland had 105 confirmed coronavirus cases in the week of November 23-29, slightly down on the 114 cases the previous week. The infection rate remained higher than in most parts of the county at 103.1 cases per 100,000 people, down from 113.9 the week earlier.

Four areas recorded case numbers in double figures - Wisbech North with 24, Wisbech South and Peckover with 17, Whittlesey with 14 and Wisbech St Mary, Waldersea and Christchurch with 10.

Latest daily data shows a further 72 cases from November 30-December 4, bringing the total in Fenland to 1,324 since the pandemic began.

There have been 89 deaths with Covid-19 on the death certificate in the district, including 84 within 28 days of a positive test. One coronavirus-related death was recorded each day from November 29 to December 2.

Peterborough

There are significant numbers of coronavirus cases still being recorded in Peterborough.

While neighbouring districts have seen significant falls in infection rates thanks to lockdown, Peterborough’s stood at 206.2 cases per 100,000 people for the week of November 23-29 - higher than the 202.2 recorded the previous week.

There were 417 cases in the latest week, up from 409 the previous week, and the daily data shows 78 cases recorded on November 30, with 52 on December 1, 43 on December 2, two on December 3 and 53 on December 4. That brings the total to 4,652 since the pandemic began.

Worst affected in the week of November 23-29 was Central Park with 41 cases, while Peterborough Central had 37 cases and Millfield and Bourges Boulevard had 36.

There have been six coronavirus-related deaths since November 29, each within 28 days of a positive test, taking the total to 123, or 132 if all deaths with Covid-19 on the death certificate are included.

The picture across England

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