Coronavirus infection rates are on the rise in eight regions of Kent, according to the latest data.

Gravesham remains the worst affected area in the county, having seen the largest weekly increase in new cases.

The district’s infection rate more than doubled in the seven days to April 26.

Infections are also on the rise in Thanet and both districts are above the national average (23.9).

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Maidstone is where COVID rates have fallen the most, but all areas in decline have seen similar changes.

Folkestone and Hythe has the lowest infection rate in Kent and is among the five least infected regions in England.

There are just over two weeks left before the country enters the third phase of the roadmap outside the lockout.

From May 17, groups of up to six people and up to two households will be allowed to meet at each other’s homes.

Domestic hospitality will also be allowed to reopen, alongside museums, cinemas and hotels.

Latest infection rates in Kent

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Folkestone & Hythe has one of the lowest infection rates in England

Zones in bold recorded an increase.

From left to right, we read: the name of the local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days before April 26; number (in brackets) of new cases registered during the seven days prior to April 26; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 19; number (in parentheses) of new cases recorded in the seven days prior to April 19.

Gravesham, 29.0, (31), 14.0, (15)

Thanet, 22.5, (32), 16.9, (24)

Tunbridge Wells, 18.5, (22), 21.1, (25)

Ashford, 18.5, (24), 13.1, (17)

Canterbury, 16.9, (28), 17.5, (29)

Dartford, 16.9, (19), 16.0, (18)

Tonbridge and Malling, 16.6, (22), 10.6, (14)

Dover, 15.2, (18), 8.5, (10)

Sevenoaks, 12.4, (15), 14.9, (18)

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

Maidstone, 11.6, (20), 15.1, (26)

Medway, 10.8, (30), 13.6, (38)

Folkestone and Hythe, 6.2, (7), 5.3, (6)

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