Coronavirus infection rates continue to rise in most parts of Kent.

The infection rate has increased in nine of the county’s 13 districts – Gravesham recording the fourth highest increase in England.

The number of new COVID cases in the district nearly tripled in seven days until April 23.

Thanet is following closely after also seeing a significant increase in cases week over week.

Gravesham and Thanet have infection rates above the UK average (25.2).

Rates have fallen significantly in Canterbury, with all other declining areas recording slight declines.

Despite a slight increase, Folkestone and Hythe remains the least infected area in the county.

It is also among the five least infected regions in England.

The district has an infection rate that is almost half that of Swale, which has the second lowest rate in Kent.

Latest infection rates in Kent



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

From left to right, the list below reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 23; number (in brackets) of new cases registered in the seven days prior to April 23; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 16; number (in parentheses) of new cases registered in the seven days prior to April 16.

Zones in bold recorded an increase.

Gravesham, 28.1, (30), 10.3, (11)

Thanet, 26.1, (37), 12.7, (18)

Tunbridge Wells, 20.2, (24), 16.0, (19)

Ashford, 18.5, (24), 11.5, (15)

Canterbury, 18.1, (30), 28.4, (47)

Dartford, 17.8, (20), 19.5, (22)

Medway, 15.4, (43), 12.6, (35)

Maidstone, 14.0, (24), 11.6, (20)

Tonbridge and Malling, 13.6, (18), 11.4, (15)

Sevenoaks, 13.3, (16), 14.9, (18)

Dover, 12.7, (15), 5.9, (7)

Swale, 12.0, (18), 14.0, (21)

Folkestone and Hythe, 6.2, (7), 4.4, (5)



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