1 in 15 people in the Medway area have COVID, according to new data. The statistic means Medway is now the area with the most COVID infections in Kent.
The latest estimates of COVID prevalence in UK local authorities have now been released, courtesy of the Office for National Statistics (ONS). All figures are calculated as an average over the seven days to March 12, 2022 and refer to infections among people in private households.
Estimates are based on smaller sample sizes than those used for national and regional figures. This means there is more uncertainty around the numbers and care should be taken when interpreting or ranking them, the ONS said.
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The figures are grouped by regions in England, followed by Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Within each group, the list is ordered by COVID prevalence, starting with the highest.
Canterbury, Dover, Swale and Thanet currently have 1 in 16 people infected with the virus, while 1 in 19 have COVID in Ashford, Dartford and Folkestone and Hythe. This is also the case for Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Malling and Tunbridge Wells.
The information reads, from left to right: name of local authority, percentage of people in private households who tested positive for COVID in the seven days to March 12; the estimated ratio of people with COVID.
For the Southeast region, the list is as follows.
Areas of Kent have been highlighted in bold
Eastbourne; Hastings; Lewis; Rother; Wealden 7.08% (1 in 14)
Cherwell; Oxford; South Oxfordshire; White Horse Valley; West Berkshire; West Oxfordshire 6.68% (1 in 15)
Medway 6.63% (1 in 15)
Elmbridge; Epsom and Ewell; Guilford; Mole Valley; Reigate and Banstead; Tandridge; Waverly; Woking 6.37% (1 out of 16)
Canterbury; Dover; Swale; Thanet 6.18% (1 in 16)
Brighton and Hove 6.05% (1 in 17)
Adur; Arun; Chichester; Crawley; Horham; middle of Sussex; Worth 5.95% (1 in 17)
Basingstoke and Deane; East Hampshire; Eastley; Farham; Go to sports; Havant; Isle of Wight; New Forest; Trial Valley; Winchester 5.52% (1 in 18)
Stag; Reading; Rushmoor; Wokingham; 5.19% (1 in 19)
Ashford; Dartford; Folkestone and Hythe; Graveham; Maidstone; Sevenoaks; Tonbridge and Malling; Tunbridge Wells 5.19% (1 in 19)
Portsmouth 5.07% (1 in 20)
Southampton 4.83% (1 in 20)
Milton Keynes 4.63% (1 in 20)
Bracknell Forest; Runnymede; Quagmire; Spelthorne; Surrey Heath; Windsor and Maidenhead 4.28% (1 in 25)
Aylesbury Valley; Chiltern; southern dollars; Wycombe 3.71% (1 in 25)