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Spike in Covid-19 cases for area of Cambridge as infection rate rises above UK average in Cambridgeshire




Confirmed cases of Covid-19 rose in Cambridgeshire by nearly one fifth in the week leading up to the easing of lockdown restrictions, new data shows.

A spike of 19 cases in the East Barnwell and Abbey area of Cambridge was the worst outbreak in the county for the period.

Below, we analyse the figures area-by-area down to neighbourhood level, using statistics from Public Health England.

An area of dark blue in Cambridge - representing a rise in cases in East Barnwell and Abbey - stands out. Map: PHE
An area of dark blue in Cambridge - representing a rise in cases in East Barnwell and Abbey - stands out. Map: PHE

They show 179 cases across Cambridgeshire in the week to April 11, up 28 (18.5 per cent) on the previous seven days - a slight reversal after several weeks of declines.

The county’s infection rate - 27.4 cases per 100,000 people - is a fraction of what it was at the end of February, but is above the national average. However, at a district level, South Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire were below this average.

There have now been 27,713 confirmed cases across the county since the pandemic began, and 104 of those have come in the five days from April 12 to 16, according to daily case data, which is subject to change.

Health authorities will be keeping a close eye to see if the easing of restrictions on April 12 - when non-essential shops, pub gardens and hairdressers were among those able to reopen - has an impact on transmission.

The county recorded one more death on Friday (April 16), within 28 days of a positive test, taking the total to 795. By April 2, there had been 961 deaths in which Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

These figures exclude neighbouring Peterborough, which is analysed separately below.

More than nine out of 10 (90.9 per cent) of those aged 50-54 in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have now had their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Across the area, a total of 538,962 jabs have been administered.

In terms of the number of under-50s vaccinated, Trumpington had the 11th highest out of 6,791 areas in the country, with 2,506 - potentially reflecting a high proportion of healthcare workers living in the area.

Cambridge

An outbreak of Covid-19 cases in East Barnwell and Abbey meant that the number of infections in Cambridge rose 150 per cent in a week.

There were 45 confirmed cases overall in the week to April 11, up 27 on the previous seven-days. Of these, 19 were in East Barnwell and Abbey, highlighting the need for ongoing vigilance even though case numbers have come down significantly in recent weeks. The highest number elsewhere was five, in Queen Edith’s.

The infection rate of 36.1 cases per 100,000 people for the week was above the national average.

Daily case numbers in Cambridge to April 16. Graph: PHE
Daily case numbers in Cambridge to April 16. Graph: PHE

Cambridge has recorded:

  • 5,645 confirmed cases in Cambridge since the pandemic began
  • 19 in the five days from April 12-16, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 86 deaths by April 16 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on February 25
  • 133 deaths, as of April 2, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

South Cambridgeshire

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Cambridgeshire rose by 10 (50 per cent) to 30 in the seven days to April 11, compared to the previous week.

The infection rate of 18.9 cases per 100,000, however, remained narrowly below the national average.

Only three areas recorded more than two cases - Histon, Impington and Orchard Park had seven, while Barrington, Orwell and Gamlingay recorded three, as did Little Shelford, Foxton and Haslingfield, and Papworth, Caxton and Fen Drayton.

South Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 5,761 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 14 cases in the five days from April 12-16, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 156 deaths by April 16 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on March 22
  • 199 deaths, as of April 2, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

East Cambridgeshire

There were 23 cases in the week to April 11 in East Cambridgeshire, which was down six (20.7 per cent) on the previous seven days.

The infection rate of 25.6 cases per 100,000 people was above the national average.

Little Downham and Sutton had six cases, as did Soham, while Haddenham, Stretham and Witchford had four and South Ely had three. All other areas had fewer than three cases. Public Health England does not specify case numbers at this level to protect identities.

East Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 3,007 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 6 cases in the five days from April 12-16, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 93 deaths by April 16 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on Friday April 2
  • 108 deaths, as of April 2, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Huntingdonshire

Huntingdonshire recorded one death within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test on Friday (April 16) - the first in Cambridgeshire since March 30.

It had 29 confirmed cases in the week to April 11, down 11 (27.5 per cent) on the previous week.

The infection rate of 16.3 cases per 100,000 people was below the national average

The highest number of cases in any area was four, in St Ives North, and in Yaxley and Farcet.

Huntingdonshire has recorded:

  • 7,797 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 24 cases in the five days from April 12-16, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 254 deaths by April 16 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on April 16
  • 289 deaths, as of April 2, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Fenland

Confirmed Covid-19 case numbers rose by eight (18.2 per cent) to 52 in the week to April 11, compared to the previous week.

The infection rate of 51.1 cases per 100,000 people was much higher than the UK average.

Wisbech South and Peckover, with 12 cases, and Wisbech North, with 10, recorded the highest numbers, with fewer than three cases in only two areas.

Fenland has recorded:

  • 5,503 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 41 cases in the five days from April 12-16, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 206 deaths by April 16 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on March 17
  • 233 deaths, as of April 2, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Peterborough

Case numbers rose in Peterborough by 24 (18.8 per cent) to 152 in the week to April 11, compared to the previous seven days.

The infection rate of 75.2 cases per 100,000 people was among the higher numbers in the UK.

Fengate and Parnwell, along with West Town and Woodston, each recorded 16 cases, while Peterborough Central and Stanground each had 12.

Peterborough has recorded:

  • 15,459 confirmed cases since the pandemic began
  • 56 cases in the five days from April 12-16, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 338 deaths by April 16 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on March 25
  • 374 deaths, as of March 26, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

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