Coronavirus infections continue to increase at a rapid rate in Kent.
As we move closer to the July 19 reopening date, the rise in infections shows little sign of slowing down.
Gravesham is Kent’s new COVID hotspot, with an infection rate of 328.2 per 100,000 people in the region.
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The only part of the county to see infection rates drop is the town of Canterbury, which was once the most infected part of Kent following an early outbreak of the Delta variant.
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Canterbury’s weekly cases fell from 404 to 340, with the current infection rate equivalent to 205.6 cases per 100,000 people.
Maidstone and Sevenoaks are the second and third most infected parts of Kent, recording rates of 296.2 and 298.1 respectively.
Despite these increases, each region of Kent currently has an infection rate below the national average of 336.7 per 100,000.
On the other end of the spectrum, cases remain minimal in Thanet – the city remains the second least infected area in England.
The town had an infection rate of just 88.1, just behind North Norfolk at 63.0 per 100,000.
Rising new infections in 12 of the 13 districts of Kent and Medway, as well as most other parts of England, led to significant unease around the proposed easing of restrictions on July 19.
Although deaths and hospital admissions have remained relatively low, the number of new cases has raised concerns about the threat of new variants and the increase in the number of people likely to suffer from a lengthy COVID.
Kent infection rates in full
From left to right: name of the local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 11; number (in brackets) of new cases registered in the seven days prior to July 11; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 4; number (in parentheses) of new cases registered in the seven days prior to July 4.
Districts that experienced an increase in its infection rate were marked in bold.
Gravesham – 328.2, (351), 190.8, (204)
Sevenoaks – 298.1, (360), 177.2, (214)
Maidstone – 296.2, (509), 213.6, (367)
Dartford – 277.1, (312), 145.6, (164)
Tonbridge and Malling – 252.7, (334), 161.9, (214)
Folkestone and Hythe – 231.0, (261), 100.9, (114)
Tunbridge Wells – 229.9, (273), 203.8, (242)
Swale – 223.9, (336), 134.6, (202)
Medway – 209.3, (583), 120.3, (335)
Canterbury – 205.6, (340), 244.3, (404)
Ashford – 187.6, (244), 111.5, (145)
Dover – 161.7, (191), 96.5, (114)
Thanet – 88.1, (125), 60.6, (86)