From Saturday (December 19), Peterborough will be placed under Tier 3 Covid restrictions and designated ‘Very High alert’.
The city, which had been placed in Tier 2 since the national lockdown came to an end on December 2, saw its rates of infection rise significantly over recent weeks.
In a statement given to the House of Commons yesterday (December 17), Health Secretary Matt Hancock declared that cases were up 46 per-cent in the South East in the previous week, while hospital admissions were up by more than a third.
Figures released yesterday (December 17) showed that Peterborough had a total of 5,807 confirmed positive cases throughout the course of the pandemic.
Additionally, in the seven days before the figures were released, Peterborough saw the highest rise of cases in Cambridgeshire, with 601 confirmed during the week.
Detailed case data, available in an interactive map on the Government website, provides an in-depth view of local infection rates and case numbers from across the nation.
The map can be used to find data from specific areas within cities and counties.
Currently, the data goes up to December 12, which gives an insight into the level of infections throughout Peterborough’s various areas in the run up to the Tier 3 announcement.
Using the map to focus on Cambridgeshire, Peterborough shares a deep blue colour (to represent an infection rate of above 200 cases per 100,000 people) with surrounding areas in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, which have also been moved into Tier 3.
Neighbouring Huntingdonshire displays a rate of 79.8, meaning that it is labelled green due to being below 100, whereas South Cambridgeshire, Cambridge, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire all display rates between 100 and 150 and are labelled blue.
However, when the map is further zoomed in to Peterborough, many areas are coloured purple, which represents a rate of over 400 cases per 100,000.
The map illustrates how the city found itself facing Tier 3 restrictions, with many of its areas having alarmingly high levels of infection.
The data from the seven days up to December 12, shows that the highest infection rates appear to belong to inner city areas and those clustered around the city centre.
At 529.3, Peterborough Central has the highest ‘rolling rate’ in the city. The areas shows 66 cases, with a rise of 40.4 per-cent in the seven days prior.
The neighbouring area of Central Park saw a rise of 14 cases, which took it to to 50 in total, with a rolling rate of 445.6.
Similarly, cases in Millfield & Bourges Boulevard saw a 109.1 per-cent rise, taking it to 46 total cases and a rolling rate of 457.7.
North Bretton & Westwood had a rolling rate of 408.4 and 32 total cases, while Longthorpe & Netherton saw a decrease of 34 per-cent in its case numbers but still had a rolling rate of 455.5, with 33 total cases.
Further out from the city, Hampton Vale saw a very sharp rise in cases. A 444.4 per-cent increase took the area from nine cases to 49, giving it a rolling rate of 429.9.
The government map and data highlights the prominence of Peterborough’s high rates within Cambridgeshire, with several areas within Peterborough itself, especially in the city centre, displaying alarmingly high rates of infection for over a week.
The city now faces Tier 3 restrictions from the weekend onward.