Original article from Kent Live
A growing number of towns and villages in Kent are recording new coronavirus cases as the Indian variant takes hold.
Some 38 neighbourhoods in the region have recorded at least three new cases in the last week, covering the period up to May 31.
It comes as the Indian variant surges in the county, with 149 new cases in the week up to May 28 compared to 105 the week before.
Given the time lag in reporting, the actual numbers are likely to be higher.
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Canterbury, which until recently was the Indian variant hotspot of South East England, has six neighbourhoods with at least three cases.
Dartford has become another hotspot and seven neighbourhoods within the district are recording new cases.
Medway has become yet another area where cases are surging, with eight neighbourhoods recording at least three new cases.
It comes as a worrying new data from Public Health England revealed the Indian variant is thought to be significantly more severe, with people infected more than twice as likely to end up in hospital.
The latest report also raised fresh questions over the effectiveness of the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine against the virus.
In more positive news, Indian variant case numbers are down overall in Canterbury where the first outbreak in Kent started.
Unfortunately places like Dartford and Medway have since overtaken it.
The numbers below cover all positive test results in the week up to May 31, as well the corresponding infection rate.
They are ordered alphabetically by district.
|Wye, Chilham & Kennington, Ashford||3||35.7|
|Herne Bay Parade, Canterbury||3||37.2|
|Herne Bay South & Greenhill, Canterbury||3||33.5|
|Canterbury St Stephen's, Canterbury||3||32.8|
|Canterbury Barracks, Canterbury||7||67.5|
|South Canterbury, Canterbury||12||108.4|
|Temple Hill & Marshes, Dartford||7||54.6|
|Ebbsfleet & Greenhithe, Dartford||6||46.1|
|Central Dartford & West Hill, Dartford||4||34.9|
|Joydens Wood, Dartford||8||111.8|
|Wilmington & Hawley, Dartford||4||68.5|
|Bean, Darenth & Sutton at Hone, Dartford||3||44.2|
|Sandwich & Eastry, Dover||3||32.6|
|Folkestone Morehall & Sandgate, Folkestone||6||45.7|
|Perry Street, Gravesham||3||36.9|
|Maidstone West, Maidstone||5||40|
|Kingswood, Langley Heath & Chart Sutton, Maidstone||3||26.2|
|Chatham South West, Medway||8||129.5|
|Rainham North West, Medway||3||49.4|
|Rainham North East, Medway||9||125|
|Rainham South East, Medway||5||78.7|
|Rainham South West, Medway||3||50.7|
|Parkwood East, Medway||5||82.6|
|Parkwood West, Medway||6||82.3|
|Hempstead & Wigmore, Medway||6||77.1|
|Swanley West, Sevenoaks||3||31|
|Darenth Valley, Sevenoaks||3||43|
|Westerham & Brasted, Sevenoaks||7||88.7|
|Newington, Halstow & Upchurch, Swale||3||40.8|
|Sittingbourne West, Swale||3||36.6|
|Westwood, Northwood & Bromstone, Thanet||3||40.6|
|Tombridge Town, Tonbridge||4||31.8|
|Southborough West, Tunbridge Wells||3||36.3|