As Covid-19 cases continue to rise across the UK, a handful of Kent neighborhoods have seen a drop in the past week.
The latest government figures show Kent recorded 5,950 new cases in the seven days to Oct. 18, an increase of 1,201 from the previous week and 25.3%. Medway recorded 897 new cases, up 121 (15.6%).
Infection rates for Kent and Medway during the week – 374.4 and 321.3 per 100,000 population – remain below the UK average of 476.3.
The county has now recorded nearly a quarter of a million cases – 189,078 in Kent and 38,934 in Medway, for a total of 228,012.
As the number of new Covid cases continues to rise in all districts of the county – amid calls by some scientists for tighter restrictions in the run-up to Christmas – 16 wards across the county have seen a drop of more than 20% over the same period.
Central Canterbury & Westgate: 11 new cases (18 fewer than the previous week, -62.1%)
Herne Bay South & Broomfield: 15 new cases (5 fewer, -23.8%)
Sturry & Fordwich: 6 new cases (2 less, -25%)
Deal East: 7 new cases (5 fewer, -41.7%)
Mill Hill, Upper Deal & Northbourne: 27 new cases (8 fewer, -22.9%)
Folkestone Central: 8 new cases (7 fewer, -46.7%)
Hawkinge: 27 new cases (8 fewer, -22.9%)
Sole Street & Vigo: 22 new cases (9 fewer, -29%)
Ringlestone & Central Maidstone: 33 new cases (-15 fewer, 31.2%)
Chatham Central & Rochester Riverside: 18 new cases (7 fewer, -28%)
South-East Gillingham: 12 new cases (10 fewer, -45.5%)
Rainham South East: 12 new cases (4 fewer, -25%)
Twydall: 16 new cases (10 fewer, -38.5)
Tonbridge and Malling
Hadlow & East Peckham: 21 new cases (11 fewer, -34.4%)
Snodland: 20 (12 less, 37.5%)
Hawkhurst, Benenden & Sandhurst: 15 new cases (13 fewer, -46.4%)
Although some regions have seen a drop in the number of new cases, concern is growing over the increase in the number of infections.
The latest figures come as a prominent government adviser on Covid-19 said he was ‘very fearful’ that there would be another ‘Christmas lockdown’ and urged the public to do everything possible to reduce transmission of the virus.
Professor Peter Openshaw, a member of the Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats (Nervtag), said the number of cases and death rates are currently “unacceptable”.
He said measures such as working from home and wearing masks are of vital importance in controlling the spread of Covid.
The expert’s warning comes after the prime minister resisted calls from health officials for tighter restrictions despite rising levels of infections.
In more encouraging news, around 5.3 million booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been delivered to the UK, according to new figures.
In the first time that recall data was reported by the four countries, a total of 4,524,517 doses were dispensed in England, as well as 429,801 in Scotland, 322,591 in Wales and 43,536 in Ireland from North.
This means that around one in nine people in the UK who have received a first and second dose of the vaccine are likely to have also received a booster.
In Kent, 74.2% of people have now received two jabs, just ahead of Medway with 70.7%.
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