Original article from Kent Live
Kent's coronavirus infection rates over the past seven days paint an encouraging picture, as all of the county's thirteen districts fell below the average infection rate.
Across England, the average number of infections per 100,000 people currently stands at 24.3.
In comparison, Kent's average sits substantially lower at 13.4 per 100,000.
The news comes as the UK slowly makes its way through the lockdown exit roadmap, with April seeing non-essential businesses welcome customers for the first time in months.
Despite this, infection rates have continued to decline on average, with Kent's biggest COVID hotspots seeing sharp decreases.
The week prior saw Dartford's 29.3 cases and Canterbury's 39.3 cases per 100,000 sit well above the national average.
However, both parts of the county have effectively halved their COVID transmissions, with Dartford recording only 16 cases per 100,000, whilst Canterbury dropped to 17.5.
However, some areas have seen increases, like Dover, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells. The latter of which was once the most COVID-safe part of the country but is now the area with the highest infection rate in Kent.
With the vaccination rollout continuing it appears that the next few months look to be ones of progress.
However, as lockdown restrictions ease, the two-week statistical lag produced by COVID's incubation period before people start to show symptoms will become more meaningful.
Even with rates returning to their lowest since September, we should not interpret falling cases in the data as concrete evidence of what's happening in the present as new variants emerge.
Latest infection rates across Kent
The list has been calculated based on Public Health England data published on April 24 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.
Here is the Kent list in full. From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 19; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 19.
Tunbridge Wells, 19.4, (23)
Canterbury, 17.5, (29)
Thanet, 16.9, (24)
Dartford, 16.0, (18)
Sevenoaks, 14.9, (18)
Gravesham, 14.0, (15)
Maidstone, 14.0, (24)
Medway, 13.6, (38)
Swale, 11.3, (17)
Ashford, 13.1, (17)
Tonbridge and Malling, 10.6, (14)
Dover, 8.5, (10)
Folkestone and Hythe, 5.3, (6)