Original article from Kent Live
Coronavirus is on the rise in six parts of Kent, latest figures show.
It comes as we prepare for lockdown restrictions to be eased even further on Monday (March 29) as the rule of six returns for outdoor spaces, while sports like football, golf and tennis can resume.
Thanet has seen the biggest increase, with its rate almost doubling from 33.1 for the week to March 13 to 62.0 for the week to March 20 as 88 new cases were recorded.
The district's skyrocketing rate means it's now the most infected part of Kent, and the only area in the county now with a rate higher than England's national average of 55.3 per 100,000 people.
The second, third and fourth most infected districts in Kent have also seen an increase for the week to March 20.
Swale's rate jumped from 32.6 to 41.3 while Canterbury's went from 36.3 to 41.1.
Ashford saw a more significant increase from 20.0 last week to 35.4 this week, with 46 new coronavirus cases for the seven days to March 20.
Further down the scale, the lesser-infected areas of Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge and Malling also recorded a rise in the latest data, with the districts up to 25.3 and 24.2 from 16.8 and 15.9 respectively.
And right at the bottom, Folkestone and Hythe is the county's least infected districts with a rate of 15.9 and 18 new cases recorded for the week to March 20, down from 23.9 the week before.
Kent's latest infection rates
The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on March 24 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.
Here is the list in full. From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to March 20; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to March 20; rate of new cases in the seven days to March 13; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to March 13.
Areas recording an increase are marked in bold.
Thanet, 62.0, (88), 33.1, (47)
Swale, 41.3, (62), 32.6, (49)
Canterbury, 41.1, (68), 36.3, (60)
Ashford, 35.4, (46), 20.0, (26)
Medway, 32.7, (91), 37.3, (104)
Dartford, 31.1, (35), 31.1, (35)
Dover, 26.2, (31), 30.5, (36)
Tunbridge Wells, 25.3, (30), 16.8, (20)
Maidstone, 24.4, (42), 24.4, (42)
Tonbridge and Malling, 24.2, (32), 15.9, (21)
Sevenoaks, 23.2, (28), 23.2, (28)
Gravesham, 18.7, (20), 44.9, (48)
Folkestone and Hythe, 15.9, (18), 23.9, (27)