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Covid-19 numbers for every area of Cambridgeshire as January proves to be the worst month for coronavirus deaths



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January has been the worst month for coronavirus-related deaths in Cambridgeshire since the pandemic began.

With 11 more across the county recorded on Friday January 29, the grim death toll for the month stands at 222 - well above the 148 recorded in April 2020, which had been the worst month.

It means that more a third of all the 595 Covid-19 deaths seen in Cambridgeshire have been recorded since the turn of the year, following the rapid spread of the new, more easily transmissible Kent variant of the virus, which may be associated with slightly higher mortality, according to some early data.

Peterborough has recorded a further 253 deaths, as discussed below.

There is some better news in the latest government data, however.

Every area of Cambridgeshire recorded a fall in infection rates in the week to January 24, as lockdown restrictions paid off.

However, the rate of the decline in the infection rate varies significantly across the county, as we explore in detail below.

Overall, case numbers fell by more than one fifth (22.4 per cent), with 1,681 infections confirmed in Cambridgeshire, down 486. It means the infection rate was 257.2 per 100,000 people, which was just below the national average.

In Fenland, however, this rate was still above average - as it was in Peterborough, where there were a further 955 cases.

There will be hope that the fast-growing vaccination roll-out will help to curb the death rate, while new rapid testing for key workers and those who cannot work from home can help to break chains of transmission.

Cambridge

Cambridge recorded 307 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the week to January 24, down 110 (26.4 per cent) on the previous seven days.

This took the infection rate to 246 cases per 100,000, which is below the national average.

Cherry Hinton, with 37 cases, was worst affected, with Coleridge (34) and Trumpington (33) close behind. The fewest cases were recorded in Eddington and Castle, which had four.

Daily data shows another 130 cases in the five days from January 25-29, taking the total confirmed in Cambridge since the pandemic began to 4,901 cases in Cambridge.

There have been 72 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, with the latest confirmed on Friday (January 29), which took the total for January to 22. Up to January 15, there had been 88 deaths in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

South Cambridgeshire

South Cambridgeshire recorded its 50th coronavirus-related death of the month on Friday (January 29).

Two deaths, within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test, were confirmed, taking the total since the pandemic began to 97.

There were 357 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the district in the seven days to January 24, down 79 (18.1 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate was 224.4 cases per 100,000, below the national average.

Histon, Impington and Orchard Park was the worst affected are for the third week running, with 64 cases, up from 53 the previous week.

Cottenham, with 28 cases, was next worst affected, while there 23 in Waterbeach and Landbeach, and in Cambourne.

The lowest case numbers were seen in Sawston (6) and in Milton, Fen Ditton and Quy (7).

Daily case data shows a further 199 cases in South Cambridgeshire in the five days to January 29, taking the total confirmed since the pandemic began to 4,840.

East Cambridgeshire

There were 187 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the district in the week to January 24, down 66 (26.1 per cent) on the previous week.

Littleport recorded 47 of these - four more than last week. One other area that recorded a rise was Dullingham and Cheveley, with 21 cases, up from nine the previous week. Second worst hit in the district was Soham, with 35 cases, but this was down from 50 the previous week.

The infection rate of 208.1 cases per 100,000 in the district was below the national average.

Daily case data suggests this is falling further amid lockdown, with 71 more cases in the five days from January 25-29.

One more death within 28 days of a positive test was recorded on Friday (January 29), taking the total for the month to 28 and the total since the pandemic began to 72.

Huntingdonshire

Huntingdonshire has recorded 64 deaths in January within 28 days of a positive test - four of those came on Friday (January 29). This represents more than a third of all the 189 Covid-19 deaths seen in the district since the pandemic began.

There were 17 deaths in Huntingdonshire in which Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate in the week to January 15 - making it the worst of the pandemic so far.

Thankfully, case rates are falling amid lockdown. There were 444 cases, down 210 (32.1 per cent), in the week to January 24, meaning the infection rate was 249.5 cases per 100,000 people, which was below the national average.

Worst hit were Huntingdon Central & West (39 cases), Huntingdon Sapley and Oxmoor (38) and St Neots Eynesbury (33).

Two areas recorded week-on-week increases - Bluntisham, Earith and Needingworth (14, up from 11) and Brampton, the Stukeleys & the Alconburys (31, up from 24).

Daily case data shows a further 257 cases in the five days from January 25-29, taking the total confirmed in Huntingdonshire since the pandemic began to 6,153.

Fenland

The infection rate in Fenland was well above the national average, at 379 cases per 100,000 people, for the week to January 24.

There were 386 cases in the week, which was down just 21 (5.2 per cent) on the previous week - the smallest decline in Cambridgeshire.

Wisbech South and Peckover had the worst infection numbers in the county for the week, with 101 cases, up from 97 the previous week, while there were a further 59 in Wisbech North, up from 54. Wisbech St Mary, Waldersea and Christchurch also recorded an increase in cases, from 28 to 39. Elsewhere, case numbers also rose in Chatteris (up from 30 to 35) and in Doddington, Wimblington and Manea (up from 16 to 30).

Daily case data shows a further 232 cases in the five days from January 25-29, taking the total confirmed in Fenland since the pandemic began to 3,930.

Sadly, Fenland has also recorded coronavirus-related deaths every day this month, excluding January 3 and 8. Three more within 28 days of a positive test were confirmed on Friday, taking the total for January to 55 and the total since the pandemic began to 165.

Peterborough

Peterborough’s infection rate continues to be very high.

At 472.2 cases per 100,000 people for the week to January 24, it was well above the national average, as 955 infections were recorded. This was down by 98 (9.3 per cent) on the previous week, showing the infection rate is only coming down slowly in the city.

Worst hit was Central Park and Fletton, with 72 cases each.

The lowest numbers were seen in Barnack, Wittering and Wansford, with 13.

Daily case data shows a further 606 cases in the five days from January 24-29, taking the total confirmed since the pandemic began to 11,729 in Peterborough.

Another coronavirus-related death on Friday took the total to 253 within 28 days of a positive test, 74 of which have been recorded in January.

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