Coronavirus infection rates have continued their trend of gradually rising as England continues its journey out of lockdown.

Despite these increases, new cases remain considerably low as people in their 40s are now offered a COVID vaccine.

In the seven days to April 25, the most recent data available, 286 new cases were recorded in Kent.

This is up from the 268 new cases recorded in the previous week.

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Gravesham remains the county’s coronavirus hotspot with an infection rate of 28.1 per 100,000 people, with 30 new cases.

This is more than double the increase from the previous seven-day period, when the recorded rate was 12.2, with 13 new cases.

Despite a slight increase, Folkestone and Hythe remain the least infected part of Kent and have the sixth lowest rate in England.

The district recorded a rate of 7.1 per 100,000, with eight new cases.

This is a slight increase from the 6.2 rate recorded the previous week.

Latest infection rates in Kent

From left to right, the list below reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days prior to April 25; number (in brackets) of new cases registered during the seven days prior to April 25; rate of new cases in the seven days before April 18; number (in parentheses) of new cases recorded in the seven days prior to April 18.

Zones in bold recorded an increase.

Gravesham, 28.1, (30), 12.2, (13)

Thanet, 23.3, (33), 14.1, (20)

Ashford, 19.2, (25), 13.8, (18)

Canterbury, 18.1, (30), 20.6, (34)

Tunbridge Wells, 17.7, (21), 22.7, (27)

Dartford, 16.0, (18), 16.0, (18)

Dover, 15.2, (18), 7.6, (9)

Tonbridge and Malling, 15.1, (20), 12.9, (17)

Medway, 13.6, (38), 12.6, (35)

Swale, 11.3, (17), 12.0, (18)

Maidstone, 11.1, (19), 16.3, (28)

Sevenoaks, 7.5, (9), 17.4, (21)

Folkestone and Hythe, 7.1, (8), 6.2, (7)

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