COVID infection rates in Kent have dropped significantly over the past week.

In just seven days, the county saw the number of infections drop by more than 15%.

Only one district in Kent – Swale – has seen infections rise, with the other 12 districts all recording a drop in cases from the previous week.

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Infections across the UK have steadily declined after peaking in early October, and Kent has followed this trend closely.

Tunbridge Wells has become the county’s new COVID hotspot, despite declining cases in the region.

According to data collected over the seven days to Nov. 5, Tunbridge Wells had an infection rate of 410.3 per 100,000, up from 449.0 the week before.

Swale recorded the only increase on a week-over-week basis, having seen a modest increase from 374.8 to 396.0 per 100,000 people.

Folkestone and Hythe remain the least infected part of the county, with a rate of just 219.7 per 100,000.

Despite the drop in cases across the county, three districts in Kent still have an infection rate above the England average (379.4 per 100,000).

A total of 5,602 cases of COVID have been reported in Kent in the past week, down 15% from the 6,636 the week before.

The latest Kent infection rates in full

Tunbridge Wells is now Kent's largest COVID hotspot
Tunbridge Wells is now Kent’s largest COVID hotspot

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 November 5; number (in brackets) of new cases registered in the seven days prior to November 5; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 29; number (in parentheses) of new cases recorded in the seven days prior to October 29.

Areas marked in fat recorded an increase.

Tunbridge Wells – 410.3, (488), 449.0, (534)

Dartford – 406.0, (463), 508.5, (580)

Swale – 396.0, (598), 374.8, (566)

Maidstone – 360.4, (624), 516.4, (894)

Sevenoaks – 341.1, (414), 488.5, (593)

Tonbridge and Malling – 333.4, (442), 431.5, (572)

Ashford – 331.3, (434), 377.8, (495)

Medway – 284.1, (793), 336.4, (939)

Thanet – 278.5, (394), 313.9, (444)

Canterbury – 258.5, (431), 259.7, (433)

Dover – 229.5, (272), 266.6, (316)

Folkestone and Hythe – 219.7, (249), 238.3, (270)


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