Coronavirus infection rates have plummeted in just one region of Kent, amid growing fears about the highly contagious Delta variant.

As COVID rates skyrocket in Kent – and the rest of the country – doubts grow that the lockdown will be lifted on June 21.

Within a week, the number of new cases in Tunbridge Wells tripled, with rates in Gravesham, Tonbridge and Malling more than doubling.

In the seven days leading up to June 7, Canterbury, Medway and Dover also saw big increases.

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Swale, the least infected area in Kent, is the only area where rates have declined.

However, with rising rates across England, all parts of Kent remain below the national average (54.0).

The widespread increase in cases has meant the rate of R in Kent and the southeast has reached 1.4.

Boris Johnson said the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus is a matter of “serious, serious concern” as it prepares to suspend the lifting of the lockdown.

The PM is expected to announce a delay of up to four weeks in the final easing of restrictions in England which was due to take place on June 21 under the government’s roadmap.

The full list of the latest Kent infection rates

Infection rates skyrocket in Kent
Infection rates skyrocket in Kent

From left to right, we read: name of the local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 7; number (in brackets) of new cases registered in the seven days prior to June 7; rate of new cases in the seven days prior to May 31; number (in brackets) of new cases registered in the seven days prior to May 31.

Areas marked in bold recorded an increase.

Dartford, 49.7, (56), 38.2, (43)

Canterbury, 45.3, (75), 23.0, (38)

Medway, 41.3, (115), 25.8, (72)

Gravesham, 41.1, (44), 15.0, (16)

Sevenoaks, 36.4, (44), 25.7, (31)

Tunbridge Wells, 21.9, (26), 5.9, (7)

Folkestone and Hythe, 20.4, (23), 12.4, (14)

Maidstone, 19.2, (33), 11.6, (20)

Tonbridge and Malling, 18.9, (25), 8.3, (11)

Dover, 17.8, (21), 9.3, (11)

Ashford, 16.1, (21), 10.8, (14)

Thanet, 9.9, (14), 5.6, (8)

Swale, 8.7, (13), 14.7, (22)

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