Nine districts in Kent have seen their number of new coronavirus cases increase since restrictions were eased.

The latest data shows the number of new cases for the seven days leading up to May 24 compared to the seven days leading up to May 17 – a direct comparison of the week before and the week after the third stage of the government’s roadmap out lock.

On May 17, six people or two households were allowed to meet indoors, indoor entertainment and hospitality areas reopened, and non-essential international travel returned.

In the first seven days since then, cases have increased in Canterbury, Dartford, Medway, Sevenoaks, Maidstone, Dover, Thanet, Folkestone and Hythe, and Ashford.

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Canterbury is still the most affected area in Kent with an infection rate of 30.2, down from 28.4 the week before, after recording 50 new cases.

It is also the only district in the county to have an infection rate above the UK national average of 24.8 per 100,000 population.

In Dartford, the second most infected area, the rate more than doubled from 8.0 for the week to May 17 to 21.3 for the week ending May 24.

Rates at Sevenoaks and Folkestone and Hythe also more than doubled, from 6.6 to 14.1 and 4.4 to 10.6, respectively.

Dover saw the biggest increase in the latest data, registering 13 new cases and a rate of 11.0 compared to just two cases and a rate of 1.7 the week before.

These aren’t the only areas in Kent to record increases, as only four of 12 districts saw the number of new cases decline after restrictions were eased further.

Gravesham, now the least infected part of Kent, saw its infection rate drop dramatically from 11.2 to 3.7, with just four cases recorded in the week to May 24.

The full list of the latest Kent infection rates

From left to right, we read: the name of the local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 24; number (in brackets) of new cases registered in the seven days prior to May 24; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 17; number (in parentheses) of new cases registered in the seven days prior to May 17.

Areas with an increase have been marked bold.

Canterbury, 30.2 (50), 28.4 (47)

Dartford, 21.3 (24), 8.0 (9)

Medway, 14.7 (41), 7.5 (21)

Sevenoaks, 14.1 (17), 6.6 (8)

Maidstone, 12.2 (21), 7.6 (13)

Dover, 11.0 (13), 1.7 (2)

Thanet, 10.6 (15), 8.5 (12)

Folkestone and Hythe, 10.6 (12), 4.4 (5)

Ashford, 10.0 (13), 5.4 (7)

Swale, 8.0 (12), 14.0 (21)

Tunbridge Wells, 6.7 (8), 7.6 (9)

Tonbridge and Malling, 4.5 (6), 14.4 (19)

Gravesham, 3.7 (4), 11.2 (12)

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