Original article from Kent Live
Medway has become the worst affected place in Kent for the feared Indian coronavirus variant.
It comes as early official analyses suggests that people infected with the Indian variant could be twice as likely to need hospital care.
New data published by Public Health England last night (June 3) show there were 34 new cases in Medway in the last recorded week, between May 22 and May 28.
It compares to just nine the week before, and zero the week before that.
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The 34 recorded this week are even higher than Canterbury (29) which was previously the biggest Indian variant hotspot in South East England.
Infections also rose significantly in Dartford, where there were 24 new cases compared to just six the week before
Public Health England warned there are still low numbers of people being admitted to hospital with any variant, and that more data is needed to confirm their findings on the variant's severity.
In Medway, the official Government COVID map shows the biggest clusters of new cases have emerged in Parkwood East (8) and Rainham North East (8).
There were further clusters in Parkwood West (6), Twydall (5), Rainham South East (5), Rainham South West (4), Newington, Halstow & Upchurch (4), Wayfield (4) and Chatham South West (4).
Elsewhere in Kent, there were also spikes in Sevenoaks (14) and Swale (12).
In Maidstone, where enhanced testing has just introduced by Kent County Council as of this morning (June 4), a further 11 new cases have been recorded.
The more positive news is that Canterbury's case numbers have fallen, to 29 in the last recorded week compared to 42 the week before.
And in Bolton, which has been recording by far the UK's highest number of cases in recent weeks, scientists say there are encouraging signs that transmission has begun to fall and actions taken by residents and local authority teams have been successful in reducing spread.
A full breakdown of the latest numbers in Kent is in the table below.
It shows the number of positive cases confirmed to contain the S-gene, something which scientists believe is a strong indicator of the Indian variant.
They cover the week between May 22 and May 28 and the week before.
|Area||New cases||Previous week|
|Folkestone & Hythe||0||0|
|Tonbridge & Malling||5||9|