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Covid: Vaccine hope cannot "slacken resolve", Peterborough cases rise

There is hope of a Covid-19 vaccine by Christmas but Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged caution.
A vaccine could be on the way – but caution is still needed as case rates rise in Peterborough once again (Photo: Pexels)

The most recent figures for Peterborough show that the rate per 100,000 people is currently 159.2, with 322 new cases reported in the seven days up to November 5. The week prior, in the seven days to October 29, the rate per 100,000 sat at 137.9, with 279 positive Covid cases confirmed.

In neighbouring Fenland, the rate appears to be falling; in the seven days to November 5 the rate per 100,000 people was 72.7. The week prior, it was 83.5.

Data for the most recent four days (November 6-9) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

In addition, another death has been reported at Peterborough City Hospital, taking the total since March 24 to 179.

News of a vaccine was received positively yesterday, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson stressed that it was "very, very early days" with several more hurdles to be cleared before it is known that the vaccine is safe to use.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, he said: "If the Pfizer vaccine passes all the rigorous safety checks and is proven to be effective then we will begin a UK-wide NHS led programme of vaccine distribution.

"We have talked for a long time, or I have, about the distant bugle of the scientific cavalry coming over the brow of the hill. And tonight that toot of the bugle is louder, but it is still some way off.

"And we absolutely cannot rely on this as a solution. The biggest mistake we could make now would be to slacken our resolve at such a critical moment."

The latest figures have shown that around two-thirds of areas in England have seen a rise in case rates over the last week.

"Irrespective of whether there is a vaccine on the way or not we must continue to do everything possible right now to bring the R down," Mr Johnson said.