Original article from Kent Live
The latest coronavirus infection rates show that new cases are up in some eight Kent areas.
It comes as the Indian variant surges in the county – with at least 149 new cases off it in the last recorded week compared to 105 the week before.
Almost bizarrely however, two parts of the county thought to be worst affected by the feared new strain are among those to record reductions in cases this week.
Kent County Council recently ordered enhanced testing from mobile units in both Canterbury and Maidstone.
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But in Canterbury numbers are down to 38 new cases from 50 the week before.
And in Maidstone they are down to 19 compared to 21 the week before.
That's despite the positive results being recorded in the week up to May 31 – in other words before enhanced testing was rolled out, meaning it couldn't have had an effect.
The less good news is that two further Indian variant hotspots have emerged since KCC's enhanced testing orders.
Indian variant cases are up in Dartford, while the overall figures for the area show 43 new cases this week compared to just 24 the week before.
Medway is another one being affected by the Indian variant figures, and the latest figures show 71 new cases compared to 41 the week before.
Within Kent, a total of 38 neighbourhoods recorded at least three new COVID infections this week.
Across the country, of the 315 local areas in England,217 (69%) have seen a rise in rates and only 88 (28%) have seen a fall.
Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire continues to have the highest rate, with 661 new cases in the seven days to May 31, the equivalent of 441.6 cases per 100,000 people.
This is up from 356.7 in the seven days to May 24.
In more positive news, previous national hotspot Bolton in Greater Manchester is down from 404.5 to 366.2, with 1,053 new cases, but is still the second highest in the country.
The numbers below for Kent are in alphabetical order by local authority area.
Places where cases have risen are marked in bold.
From left to right it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 31; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 31; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 24; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 24.
Ashford, 10.8, (14), 10.0, (13)
Canterbury, 23.0, (38), 30.2, (50)
Dartford, 38.2, (43), 21.3, (24)
Dover, 9.3, (11), 11.0, (13)
Folkestone and Hythe, 12.4, (14), 10.6, (12)
Gravesham, 15.9, (17), 3.7, (4)
Maidstone, 11.1, (19), 12.2, (21)
Medway, 25.5, (71), 14.7, (41)
Sevenoaks, 25.7, (31), 14.1, (17)
Swale, 14.7, (22), 8.0, (12)
Thanet, 4.9, (7), 10.6, (15)
Tonbridge and Malling, 8.3, (11), 4.5, (6)
Tunbridge Wells, 5.9, (7), 6.7, (8)