Peterborough out of UK top 20 for COVID rates
Peterborough is out of the UK top 20 for COVID rates as cases continue to fall in the city, as of March 23.
The current seven day case rate for Peterborough stands at 111.2, per 100,000 people which stands at 21st in the country for lower tier local authorities (up to March 23). The rate is the lowest in the city since October.
The figure represents a 17.6 per cent drop in the past seven days - the biggest fall in case rate in Peterborough since March 8.
For people aged under 60, the rate stands at 130.4 - the lowest rate since October 20. For people aged 60 and above, the rate is 32.7 the lowest since March 9 when the rate was also 32. There had been a recent rise in cases among over 60s in the city, with the rate reaching 60.4 on March 17. Before the rise, March 9 was the lowest rate since October 9.
In recent weeks and months the city found itself in the top five for case rates at times, and regularly in the top 10. While the rate is falling, it is still around double what the UK rate is as a whole (56.4)
The latest figures also show a drop in people admitted to hospitals run by North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (NWANHSFT) - which includes Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford & Rutland Hospitals.
On March 19 and March 21 (the last day included in the current data) no people were admitted to the hospitals with COVID. The last time no patients were admitted to a NWANHSFT hospital with COVID was October 9.
There are still 56 patients in the hospitals with the virus - the lowest number since November 12.
The number of patients in mechanical ventilation beds at hospitals has remained fairly steady in recent days, with 11 currently in the beds. Since March 14 the number has not risen above 13, and only once fallen below 11.
In the 14 days up to and including March 27 there were two deaths in Peterborough within 28 days of a positive COVID test, In the previous two weeks, there were six deaths. There have now been a total of 338 deaths within 14 days of a positive COVID test in Peterborough (a total of 369 in the city where COVID is mentioned on the death certificate).
All the data is available at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/