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How many Covid-19 cases are there in Cambridgeshire? Analysis of coronavirus infection rates for every area as trend improves



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The latest Covid-19 numbers for Cambridgeshire show that infection rates remain very high, but are beginning to fall in most areas.

Below we look in detail at every area of the county and neighbouring Peterborough, enabling you to see how your neighbourhood has been affected.

Covid-19 numbers remain high in Cambridgeshire (43981958)
Covid-19 numbers remain high in Cambridgeshire (43981958)

Overall, the county recorded 2,832 cases in the week to January 10, which was down 451 ( 13.7 per cent) on the previous week.

The trend could be an early indication that lockdown measures, which came into effect on January 5, are beginning to have an impact. It may also reflect a fall from the highs caused by increased social mixing on Christmas Day.

With 433.3 cases per 100,000, however, the infection rate is only narrowly below the national average in Cambridgeshire, although it is down from 502.3 the previous week.

There have now been 18,796 positive tests in the county since the pandemic began - although the real number of infections will be much higher as fewer people were tested in the early months.

A graph charting the number of positive Covid-19 tests daily since November 1 across Cambridgeshire. Graph: GOV.UK (43981987)
A graph charting the number of positive Covid-19 tests daily since November 1 across Cambridgeshire. Graph: GOV.UK (43981987)

Ten more deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test were recorded in Cambridgeshire on Friday January 15, taking the total this year alone to 77, and the number overall to 451. By January 1, there had been 493 deaths in which Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Addenbrooke’s Hospital has been taking in 25 Covid-19 patients a day - more than double its previous worst-case estimate.

Fenland is the only area of the county to see a rise in cases in the latest figures. Peterborough has also witnessed a rise, and recorded more than 1,000 cases in a week.

Meanwhile, the vaccination effort is stepping up. We have published a list of the current vaccination sites to date.

Cambridge

The number of newly-confirmed Covid-19 cases in Cambridge in the week to January 10 fell week-on-week by 21.8 per cent. There were 546 in the city, down 152 on the previous seven-day period.

This took the infection rate down from 559.3 cases per 100,000 people to 437.5.

Trumpington, with 62 cases, and Coleridge, with 60, were worst hit, while Eddington and Castle reported the fewest cases - 15 - followed by West Chesterton, with 19.

Only Trumpington (+2) and West Chesterton (+1) recorded week-on-week increases in cases.

A graph charting positive Covid-19 tests in Cambridge each day since November 1. Graph: GOV.UK (43981963)
A graph charting positive Covid-19 tests in Cambridge each day since November 1. Graph: GOV.UK (43981963)

There was, however, one death within 28 days of a positive Covid-10 test reported on Friday January 15, taking the total to 52. There had been 84 by January 1 in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

Daily case data shows a further 247 cases in the five days from January 11-15, taking the total number of positive tests in the city to date to 4,245.

South Cambridgeshire

There were 600 confirmed Covid-19 infections in South Cambridgeshire in the week to January 10, which was down 132 (18 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate fell from 460.1 cases per 100,000 to 377.2, which is below the national average.

Four areas, however, recorded a week-on-week increase in infections: in Histon, Impington & Orchard Park, case numbers rose four to 65, making it the worst affected area in the district, while the numbers also went in the wrong direction in Hardwick and Highfields (up 6 to 28), Meldreth, Melbourn and Great Chishill (up 11 to 41) and Waterbeach and Landbeach (up 18 to 37).

But there were welcome declines elsewhere. In Cambourne, case numbers fell from 60 to 32, while in Longstanton, Swavesey and Oakington, there were 41 cases, down from 62.

A graph showing positive Covid-19 tests daily since November 1 in South Cambridgeshire. Graph: GOV.UK (43981991)
A graph showing positive Covid-19 tests daily since November 1 in South Cambridgeshire. Graph: GOV.UK (43981991)

Sadly, two more deaths within 28 days of a positive test were reported on Friday January 15, taking the total to 70 - including 23 this year alone.

Daily case data shows a further 253 cases in the five days from January 11-15, suggesting the downward trend could continue in the district as lockdown restrictions take effect.

East Cambridgeshire

There were 304 cases in East Cambridgeshire in the week to January 10, down 138 (31.2 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection dropped from 492 cases per 100,000 to 338.4, which is below the national average.

But every area of the district recorded cases in double figures, with Soham worst hit again with 52 - although this was well down on the 102 recorded the previous week.

North Ely (46) and Littleport (39) were next.

Two areas recorded small increases in case numbers - Isleham, Fordham and Chippenham (up two to 26) and Swaffham and Bottisham (up one to 23).

A graph charting positive Covid-19 tests in East Cambridgeshire each day since November 1. Graph: GOV.UK (43981965)
A graph charting positive Covid-19 tests in East Cambridgeshire each day since November 1. Graph: GOV.UK (43981965)

Two more deaths, within 28 days of a positive test, were reported on Friday January 15, taking the total for the year to 14, and the overall total to 55. There had been 61 deaths by January 1 where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Daily case numbers give hope that the downward trend in cases could continue as lockdown takes effect, with 169 reported in the five days from January 11-15.

Huntingdonshire

The infection rate in Huntingdonshire remained close to the national average in the week to January 10 at 487.2 cases per 100,000 people, although this was down 531 the previous week.

There were 867 cases in the district, down 78 (8.3 per cent) - a smaller fall than that seen in most parts of the county. Nine areas recorded an increase in numbers, including the worst hit, Yaxley and Farcet, where there were 71 infections, up from 40 the previous week. In Huntingdon Sapley and Oxmoor, case numbers rose from 39 to 58.

There were another 54 in Somersham, Riptons and Raveleys, but this was significantly down from the 101 seen in the week to January 3, when it was one of the worst hit in the county. Similarly, in St Neots Eynesbury, infection numbers fell from 100 cases to 63, but this meant it was still the second worst affected area in the district.

A graph charting the number of positive Covid-19 tests daily since November 1 in Huntingdonshire. Graph: GOV.UK (43981989)
A graph charting the number of positive Covid-19 tests daily since November 1 in Huntingdonshire. Graph: GOV.UK (43981989)

Two more deaths within 28 days of a positive test were reported on Friday January 15, taking the total for the year in Huntingdonshire to 18, and the total since the pandemic began to 145. There were 153 deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate by January 1.

Meanwhile, daily case numbers suggest Huntingdonshire still has a way to go to get infections under control, with a further 445 in the five days from January 11-15, although this does suggest the downward trend is continuing.

Fenland

Fenland was the one area of Cambridgeshire where infection numbers increased - as they did in neighbouring Peterborough.

There were 515 cases in the week to January 10, up 49 (10.5 per cent), taking the infection rate above the national average to 505.6, up from 457.5.

Six areas recorded an increase in case numbers. Among them was Wisbech South and Peckover, where there were 96 positive tests, up 16 week-on-week, making it the worst hit in the district. The largest rise, meanwhile, was seen in Wisbech North, where case numbers rose from 34 to 79.

A graph charting positive Covid-19 tests in Fenland each day since November 1. Graph: GOV.UK (43981967)
A graph charting positive Covid-19 tests in Fenland each day since November 1. Graph: GOV.UK (43981967)

Three more deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test were confirmed on Friday January 15, taking the total this year to 19, and the number overall to 129.

Daily case data shows a further 298 cases in the five days from January 11-15, which gives some cause for hope that the trend on infections may be turning, although 104 of these were confirmed on Friday January 15, the highest number since January 5.

Peterborough

Peterborough recorded 1,111 cases of Covid-19 in the week to January 10, up 138 (14.2 per cent) on the previous week.

It meant the infection rate was well above the national average at 549.3 cases per 100,000 people, up from 481.1 the previous week.

Fourteen out of 22 areas in Peterborough recorded a week-on-week rise in case numbers.

Worst hit was Central Park, with 109 (up 27) and Fengate and Parnwell, with 96 (up 20).

A graph charting positive Covid-19 tests in Peterborough each day since November 1. Graph: GOV.UK (43981969)
A graph charting positive Covid-19 tests in Peterborough each day since November 1. Graph: GOV.UK (43981969)

There was better news in Glinton, Northborough and Maxey, where cases fell from 31 to nine - the lowest in the city.

The week to January 8 was the worst rolling seven-day period of the pandemic for Peterborough, with 1,131 cases confirmed.

The latest daily case numbers show a further 683 infections confirmed in the five days from January 11-15, which gives some cause for hope that the trend may be reversing slowly as lockdown restrictions take effect.

There were two more deaths within 28 days of a positive test confirmed in Peterborough on Friday January 15, taking the total this year to 30, and the number overall to 206.

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