Original article from Kent Live
COVID case rates have increased across every region in England with rates slowing in just one Kent district.
Dartford is the worst affected area of the county, having seen its rate surge to 48.8 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to June 6, up week-on-week from 37.3.
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Swale, Kent’s least infected area, is the only district where the rate of infection is slowing.
With rates rising faster across England, all areas of Kent remain below the national average (50.3).
The latest figures come as Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs that the Delta variant first identified in India now comprised 91 per cent of cases of coronavirus in the UK.
PHE medical director Dr Yvonne Doyle said: “Once again we are seeing cases rapidly rise across the country and the Delta variant is now dominant.
“The increase is primarily in younger age groups who are yet to receive the vaccine and we are seeing more hospital admissions.
“The vaccine rollout is a huge success, however there are many millions who still need one or two doses and protection is not immediate.
“Therefore, follow the guidance and remember it is safer outside. Practise good hand hygiene and wear face coverings in enclosed spaces.”
The full list of Kent's latest infection rates
From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 6; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 6; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 30; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 30.
Areas marked in bold recorded an increase.
Dartford, 48.8, (55), 37.3, (42)
Medway, 40.9, (114), 25.1, (70)
Canterbury, 39.9, (66), 25.4, (42)
Sevenoaks, 35.6, (43), 24.0, (29)
Gravesham, 32.7, (35), 14.0, (15)
Tunbridge Wells, 17.7, (21), 5.9, (7)
Folkestone and Hythe, 15.9, (18), 14.2, (16)
Dover, 15.2, (18), 13.5, (16)
Tonbridge and Malling, 15.1, (20), 9.1, (12)
Maidstone, 14.0, (24), 12.2, (21)
Ashford, 12.3, (16), 8.5, (11)
Thanet, 8.5, (12), 7.8, (11)
Swale, 9.3, (14), 15.3, (23)