Coronavirus cases have continued to rise in Cambridgeshire, as the county’s health director urges people to avoid mixing with households indoors.
A further 146 cases of Covid-19 were recorded over the last 24 hours, with the cities of Cambridge and Peterborough seeing the biggest increase.
This comes after Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s Public Health Director warned that coronavirus safety advice needed to be moved “a step further”.
Dr Liz Robin said today: “I would advise people to really think about inviting people they don’t live with around to their homes, because that is something that really drives transmission of the virus, and at this stage, I think I need to advise against it again.”
Cambs is still subject to the lowest Tier 1 lockdown rules – meaning households can mix indoors if they adhere to the rule of six – despite coronavirus infection rates in some parts of the county being higher than those in areas under tighter restrictions.
Cambridge is currently recording 193.9 cases per 100,000 people, an increase of almost 50 per cent compared to the week before, and higher than Luton, which will enter Tier 2 lockdown restrictions this weekend.
Elsewhere, the number of coronavirus cases recorded in the UK since the pandemic began approached one million today, after a further 24,405 people tested positive.
No new deaths were recorded in Cambridgeshire, but the national death toll rose by 274 to 46,229.
Cambridgeshire coronavirus cases
A further 146 coronavirus cases have been reported in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough over the last 24 hours.
This brings the total to 7,483 cases since the start of the pandemic – 2,734 of these have been recorded in Peterborough alone.
The total cases recorded for each local authority in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are as follows:
- Cambridge: 1,144 cases – up from 1,098
- South Cambridgeshire: 931 cases – up from 916
- Peterborough: 2,734 cases – up from 2,691
- Huntingdonshire: 1,476 cases – up from 1,456
- East Cambridgeshire: 397 cases – up from 390
- Fenland: 801 cases – up from 786
Cambridgeshire coronavirus deaths
No further deaths have been recorded in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough over the last 24 hours.
The total number of patients who have died after contracting Covid-19 in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough currently stands at 402.
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
South Cambridgeshire: 39 deaths
Peterborough: 100 deaths
Huntingdonshire: 112 deaths
- East Cambridgeshire: 34 deaths
- Fenland: 71 deaths
Latest coronavirus infection rates for Cambridgeshire
The figures, for the seven days to October 25, are based on tests carried out in laboratories and in the wider community.
The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.
- Cambridge : 193.9 – up from 133.0
South Cambridgeshire : 71.0 – up from 55.9
- Peterborough : 130.0 – up from 95.9
Huntingdonshire : 52.8 – down from 55.6
East Cambridgeshire : 43.4 – up from 41.2
- Fenland : 86.4 – up from 49.1
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Total UK coronavirus cases and deaths
The latest figures bring the total number of coronavirus cases in the UK to 989,745 since the pandemic began, after a further 24,405 people tested positive for Covid-19.
The government said a further 274 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19. This brings the UK total to 46,229.
Government coronavirus guidance as of October 30, 2020
Advice issued from Monday, October 12:
The three-tier local lockdown system splits different areas of England into medium, high and very high alert levels.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are currently in the medium tier, meaning there are no additional rules in place beyond existing measures on wearing face coverings, the rule of six, and social distancing.
For Covid alert level medium (Tier 1):
- Strictly observe social distancing
- Meet others outside where possible – only meet in groups of up to six people
- Limit unnecessary journeys on public transport and work from home where possible
- People should still go to work and children should still attend school
For Covid alert level high (Tier 2):
- Reduce the number of different people meeting outside
- Avoid travel except for essential journeys
- Work from home where possible and reduce the number of shopping trips made or go at quieter times of the day
- People can still go to work if they cannot work from home and children should still attend school
- This is on top of restrictions for everyone to not meet other households indoors, unless part of a support bubble, and to only meet in groups of up to six people outdoors
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For Covid alert level very high (Tier 3):
- Work from home and, in general, stay at home as much as possible, and avoid all but essential travel
- People should also significantly reduce shopping trips, and if possible use online delivery or ask people in their household, support bubble or volunteers to collect food and medicines
- People in these areas are encouraged to still go outside for exercise, and can still go to school and to work if they cannot work from home