Over 150 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Cambs in 24 hours

The number of coronavirus cases in Cambridgeshire has risen by 157 in the last 24 hours.

The latest figures come as the Government announced that, as of 9am on Thursday, there had been a further 21,242 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

It brings the total number of Covid-19 cases in the UK to 810,467.

‘Medium’ level restrictions continue to apply in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

But this week, Cambridge became the first region in Cambridgeshire to exceed 100 cases per 100,000 of population.

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This threshold has been cited by some, including Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, as the ‘trigger point’ for entering tier two of lockdown.

But a spokesperson for Cambridgeshire County Council said there are currently no plans to change Cambridgeshire’s lockdown status, as there are ‘a whole range of things’ that could trigger a move into a different tier – not just the number of cases.

They added that the recent spike in cases was likely due to Cambridge University’s extensive testing regime, which sees students in college accommodation tested once a week.

Latest coronavirus news – October 22

Total UK coronavirus cases and deaths

The Government said that there are now a total number of 810,467 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. The daily number of cases reported today (Thursday October 22) was 21,242.

The Government also said a further 189 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, as of Thursday. This brings the UK total to 44,347.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 58,164 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Cambridgeshire coronavirus cases

Blood samples from coronavirus patients are prepared for analysis
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As of 4pm on October 22 there were 6,550 cases in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This is an increase of 157 cases over the last 24 hours from 6,393 recorded yesterday.

Broken down by region, the cases were:

  • Cambridge : 890 (up by 43 from 847 on October 21)
  • East Cambs: 357 (up by 4 from 353 on October 21)
  • Fenland: 707 (up by 16 from 691 on October 21)
  • Huntingdonshire: 1,377 (up by 25 from 1,352 on October 21)
  • Peterborough: 2,408 (up by 48 from 2,360 on October 21)
  • South Cambs: 811 (up by 21 from 790 on October 21)

Cambridgeshire coronavirus deaths

The number of patients who have died from coronavirus in the county has increased by one.

The total number of patients who have died after contracting Covid-19 in Cambridgeshire still stands at 397.

These figures represent people who had received a positive test result for Covid-19 and died within 28 days of the first positive test. The actual cause of death may not be Covid-19 in all cases.

The total deaths for each local authority in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are:

  • Cambridge: 46 deaths
  • East Cambridgeshire: 33 deaths
  • Fenland: 71 deaths
  • Huntingdonshire: 111 deaths
  • Peterborough: 97 deaths
  • South Cambridgeshire: 39 deaths

Government guidance as of October 22

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks during a virtual press conference at Downing Street on October 20
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As of October 22, the COVID alert level for Cambridgeshire remains at ‘medium,’ which means the lowest level of restrictions continue to apply.

This means:

  • You must not socialise in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors (other than where a legal exemption applies)
  • Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law
  • Certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am
  • Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • Schools and universities remain open
  • Places of worship remain open, subject to the Rule of Six
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees
  • Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the Rule of Six is followed; there are exceptions for supervised activities for under-18s, and disability sport

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