Original article from Kent Live
COVID cases have surged in the majority of Kent areas, according to the latest data.
The infection rate in Dartford, the county’s COVID hotspot, has risen above the national average of 40.6 infections per 100,000 people.
Sevenoaks follows closely behind having seen its infection rate more than double.
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Swale recorded the biggest fall, with its infection rate dropping to almost half.
Cases of the new Delta variant are rising sharply in several parts of Kent, with Canterbury the worst affected area according to the latest official data.
After case rates rose in more parts of the UK than at any point since early January, Matt Hancock said it is too early to say whether England’s remaining coronavirus restrictions will be lifted on June 21.
However with over-25s in England set to be offered a first dose of the vaccine this week, he vowed ‘one day soon freedom will return.’
The full list of Kent's latest infection rates
Areas marked in bold recorded an increase.
From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 3; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 3; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 27; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 27.
Dartford, 46.2, (52), 30.2, (34)
Sevenoaks, 36.4, (44), 13.3, (16)
Medway, 32.3, (90), 22.3, (62)
Canterbury, 28.4, (47), 27.8, (46)
Gravesham, 17.8, (19), 11.2, (12)
Tunbridge Wells, 15.2, (18), 5.9, (7)
Maidstone, 15.1, (26), 12.8, (22)
Ashford, 13.8, (18), 4.6, (6)
Folkestone and Hythe, 12.4, (14), 14.2, (16)
Tonbridge and Malling, 9.1, (12), 7.6, (10)
Swale, 8.0, (12), 15.3, (23)
Dover, 7.6, (9), 13.5, (16)
Thanet, 5.6, (8), 9.9, (14)