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The Kent area where the COVID infection rate has doubled in a week

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Original article from Kent Live

The number of coronavirus cases in Thanet has doubled in a week as rates creep up across the county.

The district has recorded some 85 new cases in the last seven days, compared to 44 the week before.

It is part of a concerning trend across the county where eight of Kent's 13 authority areas have seen week-on-week increases.

The seven areas with rises that were recorded yesterday (March 23) was the first time a majority of the county were getting increases for several months.

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It comes two weeks after schools reopened for the first time this year.

The roadmap out of lockdown is still set to continue – with pubs to open outdoors among a raft of restrictions to be eased from April 12.

The list below has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on March 23 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

The latest infection rate covers the seven days up to March 19, with newer case data not considered an accurate reflection because it is likely to be added to.

From left to right the list reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to March 19; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to March 19; rate of new cases in the seven days to March 12; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to March 12.

Ashford, 37.7, (49), 26.1, (34)

Canterbury, 40.5, (67), 37.5, (62)

Dartford, 35.5, (40), 30.2, (34)

Dover, 27.9, (33), 30.5, (36)

Folkestone and Hythe, 15.9, (18), 24.8, (28)

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

Maidstone, 21.5, (37), 22.7, (39)

Medway, 29.1, (81), 39.8, (111)

Sevenoaks, 24.8, (30), 21.5, (26)

Swale, 37.3, (56), 38.6, (58)

Thanet, 59.9, (85), 31.0, (44)

Tonbridge and Malling, 21.2, (28), 18.2, (24)

Tunbridge Wells, 22.7, (27), 18.5, (22)

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