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Original article from Kent Live

Coronavirus cases in Canterbury have nearly trebled in the space of a week, according to the latest Government data.

Official figures released last night (April 15) reveal 52 new cases in the district in the last recorded week, compared to just 18 a week before.

It represents the second biggest week-on-week increase in the country, behind only Cambridge.

KentLive has approached local public health body Kent County Council, asking if there are any specific reasons or localised outbreaks to explain the sudden rise.

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The picture across the rest of the county continues to look positive.

Some five districts still have infection rates lower than 10, meaning fewer than one in 10,000 people living there have tested positive for coronavirus in the last week.

Everywhere had a reduction week-on-week except Canterbury, Gravesham and Folkestone, which increased from a total of two cases to four.

Across the country, a third of the 315 local areas in England (103) have seen a rise in case rates.

Corby in Northamptonshire continues to hav the highest rate in England, with 66 new cases recorded in the seven days to April 11, the equivalent of 91.4 cases per 100,000 people

The list below has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on April 15 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard..

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 11; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 11; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 4; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 4.

Ashford, 7.7, (10), 20.8, (27)

Canterbury, 31.4, (52), 10.9, (18)

Dartford, 29.3, (33), 31.1, (35)

Dover, 6.8, (8), 8.5, (10)

Folkestone and Hythe, 3.5, (4), 1.8, (2)

Gravesham, 17.8, (19), 14.0, (15)

Maidstone, 10.5, (18), 9.3, (16)

Medway, 14.4, (40), 15.1, (42)

Sevenoaks, 13.3, (16), 14.1, (17)

Swale, 17.3, (26), 24.7, (37)

Thanet, 14.1, (20), 26.1, (37)

Tonbridge and Malling, 5.3, (7), 12.1, (16)

Tunbridge Wells, 7.6, (9), 15.2, (18)

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