New cases continued to rise in Kent, with all 13 regions recording higher infection rates.
The Canterbury, Kent hotspot is of greatest concern in the county, as its number of new cases nearly tripled in just one week.
The city recorded 241 cases in the seven days leading up to June 26, which equates to 145.7 cases per 100,000.
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This is a large increase from 91 cases, at a rate of 55 per 100,000 recorded the previous week.
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The rise in the number of new cases in Canterbury is in part due to the local outbreak in the area known as Blean Forest, Chartham Hatch & University.
The University of Kent campus in the region is believed to be the main reason for this, with the neighborhood recording a rate of 558.8 making it one of the most infected parts of the South East.
Cases have also increased in Maidstone, with the town’s infection rate rising from 73.3 to 120.5 during the same period.
Some 207 new cases were registered, compared to 126.
On the other end of the spectrum, Swale, which was one of the nationwide hotspots for the Alpha variant in December, remains one of the least infected regions in England.
Despite an increase of almost a third in cases, it is the 11th least infected region in England.
Although all 13 regions recorded increases, Kent is not alone in following this trend.
The latest data from Public Health England shows that 302 of the country’s 315 local authority areas – 96% – saw an increase in the seven days leading up to Saturday, while two remained unchanged.
Hyndburn in Lancashire continues to have the highest rate, with 474 new cases in the seven days to June 26 – the equivalent of 584.9 cases per 100,000 people.
The latest Kent infection rates in full
The list was calculated by the PA news agency based on data from Public Health England released on June 30 on the government’s coronavirus dashboard.
From left to right: name of the local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 26; number (in brackets) of new cases registered in the seven days prior to June 26; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 19; number (in parentheses) of new cases recorded in the seven days prior to June 19.
Canterbury, 145.7, (241), 55.0, (91)
Maidstone, 120.5, (207), 73.3, (126)
Tonbridge and Malling, 107.5, (142), 49.9, (66)
Gravesham, 92.6, (99), 54.2, (58)
Dartford, 83.5, (94), 63.1, (71)
Tunbridge Wells, 82.5, (98), 46.3, (55)
Sevenoaks, 81.2, (98), 51.3, (62)
Medway, 65.0, (181), 42.7, (119)
Dover, 50.8, (60), 22.0, (26)
Ashford, 47.7, (62), 38.5, (50)
Thanet, 36.6, (52), 24.7, (35)
Folkestone and Hythe, 40.7, (46), 19.5, (22)
Swale, 30.6, (46), 21.3, (32)