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The 9 Kent areas where COVID infection rates are rising

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Original article from Kent Live

As lockdown restrictions are eased across England, nine Kent districts have recorded week-on-week increases in their coronavirus infection rate.

On Monday (March 29) the first significant loosening of restrictions took place which saw the ‘stay at home’ message dropped and six people now allowed to meet outside.

The latest government data has revealed that only four Kent areas recorded a week-on-week drop with some areas seeing significant increases.

Dartford recorded the biggest rise in cases with the infection rate now standing at 55.1 per 100,000 – up from 35.5 the week before.

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Thanet continues to have the highest infection rate in Kent at 57.1 but the increase has slowed recently up from just 52.8 last week.

At the other end of the table, three Kent districts now have infection rates below 20 per 100,000 which means fewer than one in every 5000 people tested positive for coronavirus in the seven days to March 25.

Sevenoaks, a district which has performed well throughout the pandemic, has the lowest rate in Kent – currently at just 15.7 per 100,000.

Sevenoaks has the lowest rate in Kent

Elsewhere, Gravesham, Dover and Ashford all recorded week on week drops in the COVID-19 infection rate.

The numbers continue to remain significantly lower than they were over Christmas and the New Year.

With vaccinations continuing to be rolled out and the most vulnerable in society being protected there are hopes restrictions will continue to ease as stated in the roadmap.

This could see all restrictions lifted by June 21st at the earliest.

Below you can find the latest updated coronavirus infection rates from across Kent.

The Current picture in Kent

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to March 25; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to March 25; 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.

Thanet, 57.1, (81), 52.8, (75)

Swale, 55.3, (83), 36.0, (54)

Dartford, 55.1, (62), 35.5, (40)

Canterbury, 47.2, (78), 39.3, (65)

Tunbridge Wells, 36.2, (43), 25.3, (30)

Medway, 34.1, (95), 32.0, (89)

Ashford, 33.1, (43), 35.4, (46)

Maidstone, 32.6, (56), 20.4, (35)

Tonbridge and Malling, 28.8, (38), 19.7, (26)

Dover, 22.9, (27), 38.1, (45)

Folkestone and Hythe, 19.5, (22), 15.0, (17)

Gravesham, 17.8, (19), 20.6, (22)

Sevenoaks, 15.7, (19), 26.5, (32)

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