Cases are on the rise in two parts of Kent ahead of Boris Johnson’s unveiling of the COVID winter plan.
However, the general picture across the county shows that new cases are on the decline.
This includes hot spots in Gravesham County and Tunbridge Wells, which have seen their infection rates drop significantly.
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Sevenoaks, the most infected part of Kent, saw a similar rate of infection week to week.
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Across the UK, deaths have increased by 35%, with 61 more people dying according to the latest daily statistics.
These numbers precede the unveiling of Boris Johnson’s COVID winter plan later today (September 14).
It is believed the Prime Minister will say further blockages will be a “last resort” – but advice for working from home and the mandatory use of face masks will likely be kept as options.
Johnson will explain to the nation how the country can learn to live with the coronavirus, stressing how vaccinations will be a central part of the response in the months to come.
When asked if ministers would consider a winter lockdown if Covid-19 cases increase, the prime minister’s official spokesperson told reporters: “We are in a very different place from where we were before when other lockdowns have been introduced, thanks to the success of our vaccination program and other things like therapeutic treatments for the coronavirus.
“We would never consider such measures as a last resort and we will define in more detail tomorrow what our approach will be if we see a significant increase in the number of cases.”
Kent infection rate
The list was calculated by the PA News Agency from data released on September 13 on the government’s coronavirus dashboard.
Here is the full list.
It reads, from left to right: name of the local authority; nation or region of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 9; number (in brackets) of new cases registered in the seven days prior to September 9; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 2; number (in parentheses) of new cases registered in the seven days prior to September 2.
Gravesham, South East England, 311.5, (333), 342.4, (366)
Tunbridge Wells, South East England, 275.8, (328), 333.8, (397)
Sevenoaks, South East England, 262.0 (318), 264.4 (321)
Tonbridge and Malling, South East England, 251.9, (334), 301.0, (399)
Dartford, South East England, 248.1, (283), 285.8, (326)
Thanet, South East England, 246.7, (349), 287.0, (406)
Dover, South East England, 245.5, (291), 248.1, (294)
Folkestone and Hythe, South East England, 243.6, (276), 300.9, (341)
Ashford, South East England, 238.9, (313), 270.2, (354)
Maidstone, South East England, 233.9, (405), 263.4, (456)
Medway, South East England, 228.9, (639), 242.5, (677)
Swale, South East England, 211.9, (320), 209.9, (317)
Canterbury, South East England, 194.3, (324), 192.5, (321)