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The 3 Kent areas where COVID infection rates are rising

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Original article from Kent Live

Coronavirus infection rates have fallen in all but three parts of Kent, according to the most recent data.

Gravesham and Thanet, formerly the areas with the highest number of cases per 100,000 people, are now no longer the county's most impacted areas.

Falling from 29.0 last week to just 19.6 this week, Gravesham is now well below the national average of 23.7 cases per 100,000.

Thanet almost halved its cases from 26.1, dropping to 14.1, whilst Tunbridge Wells, Ashford and Dartford all saw substantial drops in infections.


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As it stands, this means the entirety of Kent is below the national average for infections, though there have been some rises across the county.

Most notable is Sevenoaks, which at 22.4 cases per 100,000 is only marginally shy of the national average, and has seen cases leap from 13.3 last week.

This also means the area of northwest Kent is now the county's most infected area.

Dover and Folkestone have seen similar proportional rises, with both areas seeing spikes.

However, cases on the whole are still steadily declining – an encouraging sign as we head in to mid-May, with the promise of more reopening on the horizon.

From May 17, groups of up to six people and two households will be allowed to meet in each other's homes.

Thanet has seen a drop-off in infection rates over the last seven days.

Indoor hospitality will also be allowed to reopen, alongside museums, cinemas and hotels.

Latest infection rates across Kent

Areas in bold have recorded an increase.

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 26; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 26; 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.

Sevenoaks, 22.4, (27), 13.3, (16)

Gravesham, 19.6, (21), 29.0, (31)

Dover, 18.6, (22), 12.7, (15)

Dartford, 14.2, (16), 18.6, (21)

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

Tunbridge Wells, 13.5, (16), 21.1, (25)

Ashford, 12.3, (16), 18.5, (24)

Medway, 12.2, (34), 15.1, (42)

Folkestone and Hythe, 11.5, (13), 6.2, (7)

Tonbridge and Malling, 11.4, (15), 13.6, (18)

Swale, 11.3, (17), 12.0, (18)

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