Covid-19: Peterborough cases rise rapidly in one month

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Cases are rising rapidly in Peterborough

Our interactive graph below shows the current state of play using data from Public Health England, with the yellow line signifying the rolling seven-day average.

That average, for so long a plummeting number, is now on the increase, and contributing to a total tally of 2,135 cases for our city, a rate of 1055.6 per 100,000 people. On October 6 alone there were 31 new cases, although this number has started to dip again since then.

Nationally there are now 4,650 patients in hospital, 516 of whom are on ventilators. Yesterday there were 137 deaths. 

In our area, a spokesperson for North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust said that the number of patients with Covid-19 could not be disclosed, as it may identify them given that numbers are low. 

Tragically, the death counts have also started to rise again though, and yesterday the trust updated its pages to reflect another five deaths in our hospitals.

Caroline Walker, Chief Executive, said: “I can confirm that sadly, 266 patients being cared for in our Trust have passed away since we began reporting Covid-19-related deaths. 

"There have been 103 at Hinchingbrooke Hospital and 163 at Peterborough City Hospital. All patients were aged 30 to 98 years old and had pre-existing health conditions. 

"Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patients' families and loved ones at this difficult time."

This week a new classification system was introduced across England, and while Peterborough remains in the 'lowest' coronavirus tier many other parts of the country are changing designation today - see below for more details.

As we stand, our city has a 10pm curfew for bars, pubs and restaurants and gatherings of more than six people are banned (apart from weddings/funerals).

At a more local level,  we can use Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOA). These are a geographic unit designed to improve the reporting of small area statistics in England and Wales, with an average of 7000 people per MSOA.

In Peterborough a number of MSOAs have reported cases in double figures for Covid-19, including Peterborough Centre (15), Hampton Vale (16), West Town and Woodston (11), Central Park (10) and Hargate and Orton Longueville (10). Conversely some MSOAs have two or fewer, such as Longthorpe and Netherton. 

Stamford North has 11, while Oundle, Warmington and Titchmarsh has 17. 

For comparison, Leicester City South has 40 and its neighbour Oadby North and East has 55, while in 'Higher Tier' Liverpool the Central and Islington MSOA is 230.

Matt Hancock warned MPs that the virus is rising "exponentially" in the UK.