Original article from Kent Live
Canterbury's coronavirus infection rate has caused some alarm in recent weeks.
As well as recording the most amount of new cases in Kent in the latest Government data, as many as 12 instances of the India variant were also detected there between May 8 and May 14.
With a total of 21 infections in the last two weeks, Canterbury has some of the highest numbers in the South East for the variant of concern, which has forced the Government to provide additional safety guidance in badly affected parts of the country.
At the same time concerns are rising over a potential outbreak at the University of Kent's Canterbury campus, with COVID testing consequently ramped up there.
This involved a new mobile testing unit being deployed to the university, just outside the city centre.
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A spokesman for Kent County Council said: "Numbers of confirmed cases remain low and the public should be reassured that, as with any suspected outbreak, KCC is working quickly and closely with PHE, the University and other partners to make sure enhanced testing is available to anyone affected, along with sequencing to identify any COVID-19 variants."
In total 175 cases of the India variant have been recorded so far in the South East, with 37.1 per cent these coming from people who have travelled abroad.
The numbers come from Public Health England data, which shows where variants of concern are believed to be most prevalent.
Across the country as a whole the amount of new cases has raised worries that the strain is significantly more transmissible than the existing Kent strain.
In the week up to May 19, there were 3,424 new cases, up from 1,313 the week before.
North West England make up the most of these numbers, with 1,122 people testing positive for the India variant in the region.
The picture in Canterbury
In Canterbury as a whole the infection rate stands at 35.1 per 100,000 people for the seven days to May 21.
This is the highest infection rate in the county and higher than the average for England, which stands at 24.4.
Some parts of the city however have seen their rates spike in the last week of data, particularly near the university.
Canterbury St Stephen's currently has an infection rate of 142.3 per 100,000 people while the rate in Blean Forest, Chartham Hatcham & University stands at 108.4.
Here's how rates differ across the city.
Note: It is not currently known how many of these cases are thought to be the feared India variant.
Canterbury St Stephen's
Infection rate per 100,000 people: 142.3
New cases: 13
Blean Forest, Chartham Hatcham & University
Infection rate per 100,000 people: 108.4
New cases: 13
Canterbury Central & Westgate
Infection rate per 100,000 people: 78.5
New cases: 10
Infection rate per 100,000 people: 57.9
New cases: 6
Infection rate per 100,000 people: 36.1
New cases: 4