Original article from Kent Live
Coronavirus infection rates have increased five-fold within a week in two Kent areas, according to the latest figures.
Sharp rises have been seen in Tonbridge and Malling, where the 20 new cases compare to just three the week before.
Nearby Sevenoaks has also recorded 16 new cases to three the week before.
Other areas, particularly those where the feared Indian variant is known to be taking hold, have also recorded increases.
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That's more than double the 24 from the seven days before.
Numbers also more than doubled in Dartford, where the second highest number of Indian variant cases have been detected.
A total of seven of Kent's 13 areas recorded week-on-week increases.
Across the county, the highest infection rates are also being experienced in areas where the Indian variant is known to be prevalent, with Bolton and Blackburn still topping the list.
The list for Kent below has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on May 24 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 20; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 20; 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.
Places recording week-on-week increases are marked in bold.
Ashford, 11.5, (15), 10.8, (14)
Canterbury, 33.3, (55), 14.5, (24)
Dartford, 13.3, (15), 6.2, (7)
Dover, 5.1, (6), 4.2, (5)
Folkestone and Hythe, 2.7, (3), 8.8, (10)
Gravesham, 8.4, (9), 9.4, (10)
Maidstone, 5.8, (10), 8.7, (15)
Medway, 7.9, (22), 7.2, (20)
Sevenoaks, 13.3, (16), 2.5, (3)
Swale, 9.3, (14), 10.7, (16)
Thanet, 9.2, (13), 21.8, (31)
Tonbridge and Malling, 15.1, (20), 2.3, (3)
Tunbridge Wells, 5.1, (6), 7.6, (9)