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Kent COVID rates fall in just one area as new variant causes ‘serious concern’

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Original article from Kent Live

Coronavirus infection rates have fallen in just one area of Kent, amid increasing fears over the highly contagious Delta variant.

As COVID rates rocket across Kent – and the rest of the country – doubts are growing over the lifting of lockdown on June 21.

In the period of a week, the number of new cases in Tunbridge Wells has tripled, with rates in Gravesham and Tonbridge and Malling more than doubling.

In the seven days to June 7, Canterbury, Medway and Dover also recorded sharp increases.

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Swale, the least infected area of Kent, is the only area where rates have decreased.

However with rates increasing across England, all Kent areas remain below the national average (54.0).

The widespread surge in cases has meant the R rate in Kent and the south-east has risen to as high as 1.4.

Boris Johnson has said the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus is a matter of “serious, serious concern” as he prepares to put lockdown lifting on hold.

The Prime Minister is expected to announce a delay of up to four weeks in the final easing of restrictions in England which had been due to take place on June 21 under the Government’s road map.

The full list of Kent's latest infection rates

Infection rates are rocketing across Kent

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 7; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 7; 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.

Areas marked in bold recorded an increase.

Dartford, 49.7, (56), 38.2, (43)

Canterbury, 45.3, (75), 23.0, (38)

Medway, 41.3, (115), 25.8, (72)

Gravesham, 41.1, (44), 15.0, (16)

Sevenoaks, 36.4, (44), 25.7, (31)

Tunbridge Wells, 21.9, (26), 5.9, (7)

Folkestone and Hythe, 20.4, (23), 12.4, (14)

Maidstone, 19.2, (33), 11.6, (20)

Tonbridge and Malling, 18.9, (25), 8.3, (11)

Dover, 17.8, (21), 9.3, (11)

Ashford, 16.1, (21), 10.8, (14)

Thanet, 9.9, (14), 5.6, (8)

Swale, 8.7, (13), 14.7, (22)

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