Coronavirus infection rates remained below the national average in all parts of the county – although cases are still on the rise in the majority of areas.

This follows the national trend of increasing cases, as the new Delta variant spreads and displaces the once dominant Alpha (Kent) strain of the virus.

Although it is believed to be more contagious, there is little concrete information on whether the Delta variant is more dangerous.

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However, its spread has already seen reopening plans delayed in England.

Gravesham is the county’s new coronavirus hotspot, recording 61 cases in the past seven days. The region has a rate of 57 infections per 100,000 inhabitants.

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According to the latest data, nine of Kent‘s 13 districts have seen increases, with cases more than doubling in Maidstone, Tonbridge & Malling and Swale.

The national average for England currently stands at 77.4 cases per 100,000 population, with the majority of local authorities reporting an increase in the number of cases.

The most infected areas of Kent are well below average – with Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Dartford and Tonbridge & Malling all recording between 47 and 45 cases per 100,000 people.

The government's COVID dashboard shows that cases have been rising steadily to a new high point since March 2021.
The government’s COVID dashboard shows cases have been rising steadily to a new high since March 2021.

However, government data shows infections are now at their highest level since March.

The last time cases trended upward at the current rate was in late September 2020.

With the Delta variant asking questions about the effectiveness of the single-shot vaccination, efforts have been made to speed up the rollout of the vaccine – all adults being offered the vaccine for the first time this week.

On a positive note, more than half of Kent’s districts are within half of the national average infection rate – Thanet and Folkestone & Hythe registering only a handful of new cases.

Cases have also dropped sharply in Canterbury, which was recently one of the most infected places in the county.

The latest Kent coronavirus infection rates in full

The list below was calculated by the PA news agency based on data from Public Health England released on June 18 on the government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Here is the full list. From left to right, we read: name of the local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 14; number (in brackets) of new cases registered in the seven days prior to June 14; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 7; number (in parentheses) of new cases registered in the seven days to June 7.

Areas marked in bold recorded an increase.

Gravesham, 57.0, (61), 41.1, (44)

Maidstone, 47.1, (81), 19.2, (33)

Sevenoaks, 46.4, (56), 36.4, (44)

Dartford, 46.2, (52), 48.8, (55)

Tonbridge and Malling, 45.4, (60), 18.9, (25)

Medway, 41.3, (115), 41.3, (115)

Tunbridge Wells, 29.5, (35), 21.9, (26)

Canterbury, 26.6, (44), 45.3, (75)

Ashford, 24.6, (32), 16.1, (21)

Dover, 22.0, (26), 17.8, (21)

Swale, 20.0, (30), 8.7, (13)

Thanet, 16.2, (23), 9.9, (14)

Folkestone and Hythe, 15.0, (17), 20.4, (23)

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