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The latest infection rates as numbers rise in Indian variant-hit Canterbury

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Coronavirus infection rates continue to fall in most places across Kent – despite the feared Indian COVID variant being detected for the first time in several districts.

The latest Government figures show numbers are rising in three of 13 areas, falling in the other ten.

An increase is being seen in Canterbury, which was recently found to have the highest number of Indian COVID variant cases in the South East, recording nine in the space of a week.

Official figures now show a total of 28 positive coronavirus results in the city in the week up to May 13, compared to 20 over the seven days before.

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There was also a jump in Thanet where there were 32 positive cases this week, compared to 23 the week before.

All districts still have an infection rate lower than 25 – a level that Kent's director of public health previously said he would feel "comfortable with" to continue proceeding with lockdown easing.

Elsewhere in the country, places where the Indian variant is known to be prevalent – Bolton, Bedford and Blackburn – continue to have the highest infection rates in the country.

On Monday (May 17) stage three of the Government's roadmap commenced, seeing indoor drinking and dining resume amid a raft of other openings.

Any impact on numbers of cases is not expected to be seen for at least several days.

The list below of the latest Kent infection rates has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on May 17 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 May 13; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 13; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 6; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 6.

District with week-on-week increase are highlighted in bold.

Ashford, 11.5, (15), 9.2, (12)

Canterbury, 16.9, (28), 12.1, (20)

Dartford, 6.2, (7), 20.4, (23)

Dover, 4.2, (5), 18.6, (22)

Gravesham, 10.3, (11), 15.9, (17)

Maidstone, 9.9, (17), 13.4, (23)

Medway, 9.0, (25), 12.6, (35)

Sevenoaks, 5.8, (7), 11.6, (14)

Swale, 11.3, (17), 17.3, (26)

Thanet, 22.5, (32), 16.2, (23)

Tonbridge and Malling, 3.0, (4), 12.1, (16)

Tunbridge Wells, 7.6, (9), 10.1, (12)

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