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7 parts of Kent see COVID infection rates rise

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Original article from Kent Live

Coronavirus infections in Kent are on the rise since the reopening of primary and secondary schools on March 8.

Despite the climb, 12 of our 13 districts still have infection rates lower than 50 per 100,000 people.

It means fewer than 1 in 2000 people tested positive for the virus there in the last seven days.

Thanet now has the highest rate of infection in Kent, standing at 52.8 per 100,000 people.

It is also one of seven districts in the county where rates have increased since the previous week.

The other six districts which have seen a rise in coronavirus infections in the seven days leading up to March 18 are Canterbury, Dover, Ashford, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, and Tonbridge and Malling.

Although this picture of Kent could cause some concern, there are several other districts still seeing a decline in infection rates.

Folkestone and Hythe is now the district with the lowest rate of coronavirus infections with 15 per 100,000 people.

The biggest fall in COVID-19 infections rates was seen in Gravesham. Last week it had a figure of 45.8 per 100,000 people, which has now shrunk to 18.7 per 100,000 people.

Latest infection rates in Kent

Here is the Kent list in full.

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to March 18; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to March 18; rate of new cases in the seven days to March 11; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to March 11.

Areas highlighted in bold saw week-on-week rises.

Thanet, 52.8, (75), 37.3, (53)

Canterbury, 39.3, (65), 35.7, (59)

Dover, 37.2, (44), 25.4, (30)

Dartford, 35.5, (40), 35.5, (40)

Swale, 35.3, (53), 45.3, (68)

Ashford, 34.6, (45), 26.9, (35)

Medway, 32.0, (89), 36.6, (102)

Tunbridge Wells, 23.6, (28), 16.8, (20)

Maidstone, 20.4, (35), 21.5, (37)

Tonbridge and Malling, 19.7, (26), 15.1, (20)

Gravesham, 18.7, (20), 45.8, (49)

Folkestone and Hythe, 15.0, (17), 26.5, (30)

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