The latest data from a scientific study has revealed Cambridgeshire’s current coronavirus hotspots.
Data released regularly by the COVID-19 Symptom Study aims to give people a real-time indication of how many people in their area are carrying the virus.
More than four million participants have downloaded the app and are using it to regularly report on their health, which makes it the largest public science project of its kind anywhere in the world.
App data which comes in is being analysed in collaboration with King’s College London researchers, with the research led by Dr Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College.
However, the nature of having to report symptoms mean that it’s impossible to count anyone with coronavirus who may be asymptomatic.
According to the app, as of 5am on Tuesday morning (August 18) there are an estimated 20,119 people in the UK currently predicted to have symptomatic COVID.
According to the statistics from the Department of Health and Social care, as of 9am on 18 August, 320,286 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK, an increase of 1,089 new cases.
In total, those who tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 41,380 have died across all settings within 28 days of a positive test.
The app’s data can be broken down into local authority areas, which show Fenland as having the most cases in the area.
Estimated number of active cases:
East Cambridgeshire: 31
South Cambridgeshire: 27
While Fenland may have the highest number of estimated cases in the county, overall the outlook is positive for Cambridgeshire, as there are fewer cases compared to many other areas across the rest of the UK.
One of the researchers behind the project has also been encouraged by the recent findings.
Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, said: “It’s encouraging to see that the numbers are coming down slightly across the UK and that the isolated outbreaks in the North of England appear to be well contained so far.
“This is further confirmation that we aren’t at the beginning of a second wave and rather, still trying to end the first. The figures also suggest that the outbreaks we are seeing in other countries such as Belgium, France and Spain aren’t having an effect here in the UK yet.
“On top of this, the hot weather which caused concern by making many flock to crowded beaches and parks doesn’t seem to be having the predicted negative impact.
“Overall, we are pleasantly surprised by the figures this week which are back down to the early July levels and hope that the good news continues.”