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Peterborough has third highest Covid rate in country - but cases still falling

Peterborough has the third highest case rate in England - behind Corby and Middlesbrough - as rates continue to fall across Cambridgeshire.
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Cases continue to fall in Peterborough, but slower than in the rest of the country

Despite a fall in cases, Peterborough's rate remains high in comparison to other local authorities. The most recent case rate, for the seven days to February 18, is 270.0 per 100,000 people, based on 546 new cases recorded in this time period.

The week prior, to February 11, the rate was 276.9 per 100,000, with 560 new Covid-19 cases reported.

The rates for other local authorities in Cambridgeshire are:

  • Fenland - 196.4 (200 cases), down from 245.5 (250 cases)
  • Huntingdonshire - 124.7 (222 cases), down from 147.2 (262 cases)
  • East Cambridgeshire - 74.6 (67 cases), down from 109.1 (98 cases)
  • Cambridge - 66.5 (83 cases), down from 78.5 (98 cases)
  • South Cambridgeshire - 55.3 (88 cases), down from 96.2 (153 cases)

Of the 315 local authorities in England, 43 have seen a rise week-on-week.

Corby has the highest case rate in the country, 329.6 per 100,000 people, based on 238 new cases in the week to February 18.

West Devon has the lowest case rate at 7.2 per 100,000 people, with 4 new cases recorded in that authority.

Data for the most recent four days, February 19 to 22, has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health for Peterborough, said: “Although we have seen a decline in Covid-19 infection rates across Peterborough, the rates remain high and are not falling as quickly as other areas across the UK.  

"There are some factors that put Peterborough at greater risk than other areas, making it more challenging to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the community. For example, the city has a high working age population and many people working in frontline jobs such as warehouses where they cannot work from home, which increases their risk of contracting and transmitting the virus.    

“We are actively working with partners to reduce infection rates across Peterborough and are making good progress with the recent launch of rapid testing centres and continued vaccine rollout. With one in three people with Covid-19 displaying no symptoms, this access to regular testing with rapid results will be vital in tracking and breaking chains of transmission.  

“We are also working closely with employers to ensure workplaces are Covid-19 safe. The vast majority of local employers are complying with the guidelines, however, we are aware of some breaches and will continue to remind businesses of their responsibilities. If residents come across any businesses breaching the guidelines, they can report these to us via foodandsafety@peterborough.gov.uk.    

“Everyone must continue to play their part and help bring down infection rates. We can do this by staying at home and only going out for essential reasons; when you do have to go out or mix with anyone you don’t live with, keep two metres away from them, avoid crowded or poorly ventilated areas, wash or sanitise your hands regularly and wear a face covering where this is required."   

“Understandably, many are using this time to improve their physical fitness and we encourage residents to remain as fit and healthy as possible during this time. Keeping a healthy weight reduces many different health risks including the risk of having a worse outcomes from Covid-19 infection. However, at the moment if you are leaving home to exercise, this must be done within the current national Covid-19 restrictions - including only going out to exercise once a day, with a maximum of one member of your household and ensuring you are socially distanced from others.

 “Vaccination is key to our response to Covid-19 and I would encourage everyone eligible to take up the vaccine when they are offered it. We’re working closely with all communities in Peterborough to address any issues and questions that people have. The vaccination has now been given to millions people of people around the country, and monitoring data show that it is very safe.”