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COVID cases in Dartford more than double in 7 days

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Original article from Kent Live

New government data has shown coronavirus cases are on the rise across Kent, with seven of our 13 districts seeing increases in their infection rates.

It comes just a day after the nation recorded zero deaths from the virus.

Previous hotspot and location of new surge testing site, Canterbury, has seen COVID-19 cases drop slightly, whilst Dartford's cases have more than doubled in the last seven days.

The numbers there have increased from 12.5 cases per 100,00 people, to a rate of 33.7 per 100,000, which is above the national average.

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Elsewhere, Dover and Medway have seen similarly large proportional spikes, whilst Folkestone and Hythe has five times more cases than it did this time last week.

The latter's rise from 3.5 cases to 17.8 per 100,000 people now means that Folkestone is the fourth most impacted part of Kent, having previously been the county's least infected district.

The national average has begun to creep up again, having now hit 30 cases per 100,000 people, compared to the national average of 23.9 recorded on May 1.

These new rises may show the first signs of how the widespread relaxation of rules on May 17 has impacted infections, as well as reflecting the spread of the Indian variant.

Thought to be more infectious than the Kent variant that emerged late last year, it is understood new strains of the virus like the Indian variant could make the path to fully reopening the UK slightly less straightforward.

With just over two weeks to go until the planned end to social distancing, on 21 June, it remains to be seen if the government's plans will change to accommodate these new rises.

Here is a detailed rundown of the latest coronavirus infection rates in Kent.

The full list of Kent's latest infection rates

From left to right, the list below reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 28; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 28; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 21; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 21.

Areas recording an increase have been marked in bold.

Dartford, 33.7, (38), 12.4, (14)

Canterbury, 26.0, (43), 33.9, (56)

Medway, 25.1, (70), 9.7, (27)

Folkestone and Hythe, 17.7, (20), 3.5, (4)

Sevenoaks, 16.6, (20), 14.9, (18)

Swale, 15.3, (23), 9.3, (14)

Gravesham, 14.0, (15), 7.5, (8)

Dover, 13.5, (16), 5.9, (7)

Maidstone, 11.1, (19), 8.7, (15)

Thanet, 8.5, (12), 9.2, (13)

Tonbridge and Malling, 7.6, (10), 11.4, (15)

Ashford, 6.9, (9), 12.3, (16)

Tunbridge Wells, 4.2, (5), 6.7, (8)

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