Original article from Kent Live
The number of active coronavirus cases in Kent continues to fall as we approach the first anniversary of lockdown (March 23)
That number of active cases has fallen by over 300 in the last seven days, as we continue to see the benefit of lockdown and an impressive vaccination rollout.
Alarmingly, four districts make up more than 50 per cent of the number of active cases in Kent, with Folkestone and Hythe currently recording the highest number of cases in the county.
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The ZOE Symptom study, run in collaboration with King's College London, and Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, has more than four million worldwide contributors and sees users update it daily with how they are feeling.
The app is the largest community monitoring of COVID in the world and suggests that the picture continues to improve in Kent, despite the high rates in some areas.
Folkestone and Hythe, Tunbridge Wells, Canterbury and Medway are all estimated to have over 100 active cases.
At the other end of the scale, Sevenoaks is the best performing Kent district with just 39 active cases.
Both Dartford and Gravesham also have fewer than 50 cases as the data continues to improve.
Speaking last week, Director of Public Health in Kent Andrew Scott-Clark told KentLive that the data was ‘encouraging’ but warned residents that we must approach the unlocking of restrictions ‘slowly and cautiously ’
He said: “It is, of course, very encouraging that the number of COVID-19 infections in communities across Kent is continuing to fall and that fewer people are now testing positive for the virus.”
“However, I cannot stress strongly enough that we need to approach the unlocking of restrictions slowly and cautiously to avoid another surge in cases.”
You can view the full data below.
Number of active cases in Kent
From left to right it reads: Name of local authority, number of estimated active cases in the area as of 5am on March 21.
Folkestone and Hythe: 151 active cases
Tunbridge Wells: 149 active cases
Canterbury: 134 active cases
Medway: 128 active cases
Maidstone: 88 active cases
Swale: 68 active cases
Thanet: 66 active cases
Dover: 54 active cases
Tonbridge and Malling: 54 active cases
Ashford: 54 active cases
Gravesham: 45 active cases
Dartford: 41 active cases
Sevenoaks: 39 active cases
Kent and Medway: 1,071 active cases