Original article from Kent Live
The latest coronavirus infection rates reveal that there is a new district topping the charts in Kent.
The infection rate in Dartford increased significantly from 35.5 per 100,000 to 68.4 per 100,000 in the week-on-week comparisons.
Dartford is one of five districts in Kent to record a weekly increase in infection rate.
The latest data comes days after coronavirus restrictions were eased across the country as we continue on the road map out of lockdown.
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Swale currently has the second highest rolling rate in Kent standing at 59.3 up from 45.3 per 100,000 last week.
Tonbridge and Malling, Sevenoaks and Gravesham are the other three areas where COVID rates are rising, albeit slowly.
At the other end of the scale, Folkestone and Hythe has the lowest rate in Kent standing at just 15.0 per 100,00.
Thanet, which last week was the highest rate in Kent, has dropped to just 48.6 per 100,000.
This week it was announced that groups of six would be allowed to meet outside and the stay at home message was dropped.
It’s part of roadmap which hopes to see all restrictions lifted by the middle of June.
The latest coronavirus infection rates in Kent
From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to March 28; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to March 28; rate of new cases in the seven days to March 21; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to March 21.
Dartford, 68.4, (77), 35.5, (40)
Swale, 59.3, (89), 45.3, (68)
Thanet, 48.6, (69), 60.6, (86)
Canterbury, 42.3, (70), 44.1, (73)
Medway, 33.0, (92), 34.1, (95)
Dover, 29.6, (35), 30.5, (36)
Tonbridge and Malling, 28.0, (37), 26.5, (35)
Tunbridge Wells, 27.8, (33), 33.7, (40)
Ashford, 27.7, (36), 36.9, (48)
Maidstone, 26.2, (45), 26.8, (46)
Sevenoaks, 19.0, (23), 16.6, (20)
Gravesham, 18.7, (20), 17.8, (19)
Folkestone and Hythe, 15.0, (17), 20.4, (23)