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Unwanted milestone of Covid-19 cases reached in Cambridge - but numbers decline across Cambridgeshire week-on-week




The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases recorded since the pandemic began has now gone beyond 10,000 in both Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.

But the unwanted milestones came in a week that case numbers declined to some degree in both areas, and across Cambridgeshire generally, compared to the previous seven days.

Below we look in detail at how every area in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has been affected, down to a neighbourhood level.

The number of Covid-19 cases recorded daily in Cambridgeshire. Graph: PHE
The number of Covid-19 cases recorded daily in Cambridgeshire. Graph: PHE

Health authorities will be watching closely to see if the relatively high infection rates rise further in the coming days and weeks now that schools have returned, as ministers consider the option of extending vaccinations to all 12- to 15-year-olds.

In the week to August 29, there were 1,986 cases of the virus confirmed across Cambridgeshire, down 93 (4.5 per cent) on the previous week. The infection rate was 302.2 cases per 100,000 people. Peterborough’s infection rate was higher, at 463.4 per 100,000, as 939 cases were recorded, down just 10 (1.1 per cent).

Hospitals are seeing daily admissions due to Covid-19 and six deaths were recorded in six days from August 22-27.

Addenbrooke’s had 39 Covid patients on its wards on August 31, with 11 of those on ventilation. It has admitted three to seven patients daily over the last week.

Royal Papworth Hospital, which has specialist facilities, had 11 Covid patients on its wards on August 31, all on ventilation.

Cambridgeshire, excluding Peterborough, has now recorded:

  • 46,716 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of September 3, 2021
  • 1,305 in the five days from August 30-September 3 according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 824 deaths by September 3 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on August 27, 25, 24 and 23, with two on August 22
  • 1,001 deaths, as of August 20, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

Vaccinations

There has been concern at the relatively low vaccine uptake in Cambridge.

More than 100,000 first doses of a Covid-19 vaccine have now been administered in the city. The 102,168 doses represent 63.8 per cent of the over-16s, according to official figures, although this may be based on an over-inflated population estimate. There have been 87,281 second doses administered, which officially represents just 54.5 per cent of the over-16 population.

These figures are well below the average across Cambridgeshire, where 79.4 per cent of over-16s have had a first dose and 71.4 per cent of over-16s have had both.

Vaccination walk-in centres are now extending their opening hours in Cambridgeshire amid the return to school.

Cambridge

Confirmed Covid-19 case numbers declined by more than a quarter in Cambridge in the week to August 29.

There were 302 recorded, down 119 (28.3 per cent) on the previous week, taking the infection rate to 241.5 cases per 100,000 people, which was below the national average of 351.9.

Trumpington, with 45 cases, was the worst affected area for the second week running, but this was down on the 68 recorded the previous week.

All areas had case numbers in double figures, and all witnessed small declines, with the exception of King’s Hedges where the number of cases remained at 25 for the second week.

With more than 10,000 cases officially recorded in Cambridge since the pandemic began, it can be estimated that at least one in 13 people have had the virus in the city.

Cambridge has recorded:

  • 10,264 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of September 3, 2021
  • 231 in the five days from August 30-September 3, according daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 93 deaths by September 3 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on August 23
  • 136 deaths, as of August 20, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

South Cambridgeshire

South Cambridgeshire also witnessed a decline in Covid-19 cases in the week to August 29, but it was less marked than in Cambridge.

There were 427 cases, down 53 (11 per cent) on the previous week, taking the infection rate to 265.4 cases per 100,000 people, below the national average.

Cambourne was the worst affected are in the district for the second week, with 38 cases, down from 40. Hardwick and Highfields had 32, while Longstanton, Swavesey and Oakington had 31 cases, as did Meldreth, Melbourn and Great Chishill - all three of these areas witnessed rises on the previous week.

About one in 15 or 16 people have now had the virus in South Cambridgeshire since the pandemic began.

South Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 10,209 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of September 3, 2021
  • 299 cases in the five days from August 30-September 3, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 167 deaths by September 3 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on August 24 and 22
  • 209 deaths, as of August 20, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

East Cambridgeshire

There were 220 cases recorded, down 55 (20 per cent) on the previous seven days, with Soham proving the worst affected for the third week, with 47 cases, although this was a drop from the 61 and 78 recorded in the preceding weeks.

North Ely was next, with 30 cases, but this was also a decline from the 46 it recorded from August 16-22.

Little Downham and Sutton, with 26 cases, up from 20, was the only area to witness a rise in case numbers.

East Cambridgeshire has recorded:

  • 5,303 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of September 3, 2021
  • 157 cases in the five days from August 30-September 3, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 89 deaths by September 3 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on August 16
  • 111 deaths, as of August 20, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Huntingdonshire

Huntingdonshire was one of two areas, along with Fenland, in the county to record a rise in Covid-19 cases in the week to August 29.

There were 626 confirmed, up 39 (6.6 per cent) on the previous week, with the infection rate rising to 349.7 cases per 100,000 people, just below the national average of 351.9

Yaxley and Farcet, with 54 cases, was worst hit for the fifth week running with 54 cases, down from 58 the previous week,

Case numbers tripled in a week in Buckden and Perry, from 13 to 39, and doubled in Huntingdon Sapley and Oxmoor, from 15 to 31, and in St Neots Priory Park, from 13 to 16.

Huntingdonshire has recorded:

  • 12,911 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of September 3, 2021
  • 380 cases in the five days from August 30-September 3, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 261 deaths by September 3 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on August 27
  • 306 deaths, as of August 20, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Fenland

Fenland has recorded:

  • 8,029 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of September 3, 2021
  • 238 cases in the five days from August 30-September 3, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 214 deaths by September 3 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which was on August 19
  • 239 deaths, as of August 20, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

Peterborough

Peterborough has recorded:

  • 23,010 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, as of September 3, 2021
  • 546 cases in the five days from August 30-September 3, according to daily case data, which is subject to change
  • 341 deaths by September 3 within 28 days of a positive test, the last of which were on August 29, 28, 25, 22 and 21
  • 387 deaths, as of August 20, in which Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate

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