Original article from Kent Live
COVID infection rates are on the rise in three of Kent's thirteen districts according to the latest government Coronavirus data.
Thanet, Swale and Dartford have all seen increases, though many areas remain stable or on the decrease.
This comes as welcome news as we near the next stage of lockdown reopening on May 17, with indoor dining, sport and cinemas amongst the activities set to be returning.
Folkestone, Ashford, Medway, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge & Malling are all doing well, with each district recording half the national average infections per 100,000 people.
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Infections countrywide have plateaued in the mid-to-low 20s per 100,000 people since mid-April, indicating that the steady lockdown easing and vaccination efforts are working as hoped.
Thanet is the only area to be above the national average over the past seven days, recording an increase from 21 cases to 33, equating to 23.3 cases per 100,000 people.
Despite this, it means every area remains below the target rate of 25 set by Kent's Director of Public Health Andrew Scott-Clark, who said it was a level he would feel "comfortable" with to proceed with further lockdown easing.
Dartford is Kent's second most infected area, overtaking previous hotspots in Dover, Gravesham and Sevenoaks, with 18.6 cases per 100,000.
Kent's latest COVID infection rates
From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 8; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 8; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 1; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 1.
Areas in bold have seen an increase.
Thanet, 23.3, (33), 14.8, (21)
Dartford, 18.6, (21), 15.1, (17)
Gravesham, 16.8, (18), 19.6, (21)
Swale, 16.7, (25), 12.0, (18)
Maidstone, 13.4, (23), 14.0, (24)
Dover, 12.7, (15), 19.5, (23)
Canterbury, 11.5, (19), 14.5, (24)
Medway, 11.1, (31), 11.5, (32)
Sevenoaks, 10.8, (13), 23.2, (28)
Ashford, 10.8, (14), 10.8, (14)
Tunbridge Wells, 10.1, (12), 11.8, (14)
Tonbridge and Malling, 9.8, (13), 11.4, (15)
Folkestone and Hythe, 8.0, (9), 9.7, (11)