COVID cases are on the rise in Kent as the national ‘R’ rating may have swung above 1.

In disease control, the R rate is the expected number of cases caused by a single infection.

The most recent government data puts the rate between 0.8 and 1.1.

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This suggests that every 10 people infected will infect between 8 and 11 more.



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In October of last year, the R rate jumped between 1.3 and 1.6 – the highest point in the pandemic.

This increase in the R-rating led to the imposition of the three-tier system in regions of the country for three months.

However, the situation is not as dire as it was around the same time last year due to the extremely successful deployment of the vaccine.

The most infected neighborhood in Kent is Sevenoaks West & Chevening, where 104 people tested positive in the seven days leading up to September 26 – the equivalent of 1,148.2 cases per 100,000 people.

To give a bit of context, more than one in 100 people living in the region have tested positive for COVID in the seven-day period alone.

North Lancing, which borders Cokeham and Sompting, is the second most infected part of Sussex with a rate of 828.9.

Below are the 30 neighborhoods in Sussex with an infection rate above the UK average – which stands at 358.3 cases per 100,000 population.

The local authority is listed, followed by the district, then the number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants.

Kent neighborhoods above national average

Sevenoaks – West Sevenoaks & Chevening – 1148.2



West Sevenoaks and Chevening

Tunbridge Wells – Goudhurst, Horsmonden and Lamberhurst – 882.8

Dover – East Dover – 723

Tonbridge and Malling – Tonbridge Higham Wood – 651.6

Folkestone and Hythe – Lydd & Dungeness – 650.5

Tunbridge Wells – Pembury and Matfield – 637.1

Tonbridge and Malling – Hildenborough – 636.8

Medway – Wainscott & City Estate – 615.4

Tonbridge and Malling – Kings Hill and Wateringbury – 607.2

Tunbridge Wells – Paddock Wood & Five Oak Green – 598.5

Sevenoaks – Sevenoaks North – 590

Sevenoaks – Knockholt, Shoreham & Dunton Green – 579.5

Tunbridge Wells – Southborough East & Longfield Road – 575.4

Tunbridge Wells – Langton Green, Speldhurst and Bidborough – 571.6

Sevenoaks – City of Sevenoaks & Weald – 541

Canterbury – Canterbury Wincheap – 518.1



Canterbury Wincheap

Dartford – Bean, Darenth & Sutton to Hone – 501.3

Tunbridge Wells – Southborough West – 486.7

Dartford – Field of trees – 483.5

Ashford – Hamstreet and Oxney Island – 479.1

Tunbridge Wells – Tunbridge Wells West – 473.3

Sevenoaks – Edenbridge – 461.8

Tunbridge Wells – Ferndale and Hawkenbury – 460.4

Tonbridge and Malling – Borough Green, Wrotham and Shipbourne – 459.4

Ashford – Biddenden, Smarden and High Halden – 438.6

Gravesham – Riverview Park – 430.2

Dartford – Central Dartford and West Hill – 428.6



Central Dartford and West Hill

Folkestone and Hythe – Dymchurch, St Mary’s Bay and Brookland – 403.4

Tunbridge Wells – Tunbridge Wells South – 403.4

Tonbridge and Malling – Tonbridge Trench Lumber – 398.8

Tonbridge and Malling – Hadlow and East Peckham – 386.8

Medway – Rainham South East – 382.2

Sevenoaks – Hever, Leigh & Penshurst – 381.7

Maidstone – Grove Green – 375.1



Green grove

Sevenoaks – Westerham & Brasted – 374.9

Dartford – Heath – 371.2

Tonbridge and Malling – Town of Tonbridge – 370.3

Tonbridge and Malling – Tonbridge South and Haysden – 367.6

Ashford – Brabourne Lees and North Romney – 360.4

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