Kent has seen a drop in the rates of positive COVID tests in almost every district in the county.

The most recent figures are for the last seven days, up to January 3.

They are based on the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in a reported lab test and positive rapid lateral flow tests within 72 hours.

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Medway saw the largest drop with 4,461 positive cases, down from 726 the week before.

The only areas that saw an increase in cases were Swale, with 33 more cases, and Thanet with just 8 cases the week before.

There were 27,119 cases countywide in total.



There were only two regions that saw an increase in cases

It comes as Boris Johnson faces the prospect of yet another rebellion within his party against COVID restrictions.

Former Conservative Whip Mark Harper, chairman of the COVID Recovery Group, said the prime minister could even face a leadership challenge depending on the party’s results in the May election.



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Last month, 100 backbenchers voted against so-called Plan B restrictions in a vote in the House of Commons.

Mr. Harper said the rebellion would be even more severe if Mr. Johnson tried to extend the measures beyond January 23.

In an interview with the Financial Times, he said: “I think there will be even more people against it.

“I think the intellectual argument is now even weaker.”

Case rate by region

Dartford, 1,913, down from 531 the previous week

Tunbridge Wells, 1,472, down 102 in the previous week

Sevenoaks, 1,651, down 252 the week before

Tonbridge and Malling, 2,022, down 334 in the previous week

Maidstone, 2,335, down from 548 in the previous week

Gravesham, 1,658, down from 439 the previous week

Medway, 4,461, down 726 the previous week

Canterbury, 1,884, down from 377 the previous week

Ashford, 1,820, down from 145 the previous week

Swale, 2,426, up from 33 the previous week

Folkestone and Hythe, 1,549, down from 86 in the previous week

Dover, 1,558, down from 39 in the previous week

Thanet, 2,370, up 8 from the previous week