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COVID cases now rising in majority of Kent areas

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Original article from Kent Live

Coronavirus infection rates in Kent are creeping up with seven of our 13 areas recording week-on-week increases.

Numbers have almost doubled in three districts – Gravesham, Thanet and Tonbridge & Malling – compared to the week before.

Ashford, Dover and Tunbridge Wells have also seen rises.

It comes just over two weeks after the latest round of lockdown easing on April 12 – when outdoor drinking and eating, gyms, leisure centres and non-essential retail re-opened.

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In the rest of the county, the picture continues to look positive.

Each of Kent's 13 areas is below the target infection rate of 25 per 100,000 people.

This was set by Kent's Director of Public Health as a figure below which he would "comfortable" with proceeding with further lockdown easing measures.

Across the country, of the 315 local areas in England just under half (149) have seen a rise in rates, 150 have seen a fall and 16 are unchanged.

The areas with the highest infection rates are all now in the north – Selby in North Yorkshire with 111.5 cases per 100,000 people, Kirklees (68.9) and Doncaster (67).

The figures for Kent below cover the seven days to April 22.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on April 26 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 22; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 22; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 15; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 15.

Districts with increases in cases are marked in bold.

Ashford, 16.1, (21), 11.5, (15)

Canterbury, 18.1, (30), 35.1, (58)

Dartford, 16.0, (18), 21.3, (24)

Dover, 10.2, (12), 6.8, (8)

Folkestone and Hythe, 6.2, (7), 6.2, (7)

Gravesham, 22.4, (24), 13.1, (14)

Maidstone, 12.8, (22), 11.6, (20)

Medway, 14.7, (41), 15.4, (43)

Sevenoaks, 13.3, (16), 16.6, (20)

Swale, 12.7, (19), 16.0, (24)

Thanet, 22.5, (32), 12.0, (17)

Tonbridge and Malling, 16.6, (22), 9.8, (13)

Tunbridge Wells, 19.4, (23), 14.3, (17)

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