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Kent towns and villages where COVID rates are above national average

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Original article from Kent Live

The first major easing of coronavirus restrictions in Kent signifies a step in the right direction.

After three months in lockdown and a year of restrictions there is now a roadmap in place to take us back to normality.

While infection rates are down dramatically from where they were at the beginning of the year, districts and neighbourhoods across Kent have seen small increases over the last few weeks.

And some 39 Kent neighbourhoods now have coronavirus infection rates above the national average, which currently stands at 56 infections per 100,000 people.

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Of the 13 districts in Kent, only three had no neighbourhoods above this marker in the week to March 24.

Canterbury, which only a couple of weeks ago had one of the lowest infection rates in the country, now has eight areas with new infections tracking above the national average.

In Swale, the neighbourhood of Sheppey East has an infection rate of 335.0 per 100,000 people – the highest in Kent and one of the highest across the south east.

It’s not the first time Sheppey East has recorded an alarming rate – back in December the neighbourhood had the highest infection rate in the UK.

It’s not all worrying news though, three Kent districts with no neighbourhoods above the national average provide hope for us all.

Folkestone and Hythe, Sevenoaks and Dover all have no areas with more than 56 new cases per 100,000 people, in the seven days to March 24.

The easing of restrictions today (March 29) has allowed people to meet outside in groups of six with the stay at home order scrapped.

If infections and vaccinations continue to head in the right direction, the country could be free of restrictions by the middle of June.

Below you can find a breakdown of the neighbourhoods above the national average.


Minster and St Nicholas at Wade has the highest rate in Thanet

Dane Valley and Northdown Hill: 123.5 per 100,000

Dumpton: 71.8 per 100,000

Newington: 101.1 per 100,000

Nethercourt, Pegwell and Cliffsend: 92.1 per 100,000

Westbrook and Garlinge: 89.1 per 100,000

Minster and St Nicholas-at-Wade: 210 per 100,000


The Canterbury district has a number of neighbourhoods above national average

Hoath, Hersden and Littlebourne: 153.6 per 100,000

Beltinge and Bishopstone: 91.4 per 100,000

Herne and Broomfield: 82.7 per 100,000

Herne Bay Parade: 74.4 per 100,000

Sturry and Fordwich: 79.8 per 100,000

Canterbury Barracks: 67.5 per 100,000

Seasalter: 66.9 per 100,000

Whitstable West: 72.3 per 100,000


Minster on Sea in Sheppey

Sheppey East: 335.0 per 100,000

Minster North: 62.6 per 100,000

Teynham and Badlesmere: 67.1 per 100,000

Sittingbourne West: 73.1 per 100,000

Sittingbourne East: 58.8 per 100,00


A handful of neighbourhoods in Maidstone are on the list

Ringlestone & Central Maidstone: 58.4 per 100,000

Penenden Heath: 65.9 per 100,000

Grove Green: 91.6 per 100,000

Harrietsham, Hollingbourne and Lenham: 65.6 per 100,000


Tenterden and Rolvenden is above the national average

Tenterden & Rolvenden: 60 per 100,000

Biddenden, Smarden and High Halden: 85.3 per 100,000

Highfield and Willesborough: 66.4 per 100,000

Tunbridge Wells

The lower end of Tunbridge Wells High Street

Tunbridge Wells South: 75.5 per 100,000

Southborough West: 72.7 per 100,000

Paddock Wood and Five Oak green: 57.2 per 100,000

Tonbridge Higham Wood: 63.9 per 100,000


Chatham Maritime at dusk

Capstone: 70.2 per 100,000

Rochester South East: 77.0 per 100,000

Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside: 71.2 per 100,000

Chatham Maritime: 75.7 per 100,000

Gillingham Central: 82.5 per 100,000


Westcourt: 82.5 per 100,000


Stone and Crossways: 79.7 per 100,000

Newtown: 88.9 per 100,000

Central Dartford and West Hill: 113.4 per 100,000

Heath: 145.5 per 100,000

Tonbridge and Malling

East Malling, West Malling & Trottiscliffe: 58.4 per 100,000

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