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COVID infection rates climb right across Kent as lockdown easing date is delayed

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Original article from Kent Live

Almost every part of Kent has seen its COVID infection rate rise in the last week.

It comes in the wake of the news that the June 21 reopening date has officially been pushed back by a month.

Coronavirus rates have steadily risen over the past few weeks amid concerns over the highly contagious Delta variant, and 12 of Kent's 13 districts have seen a rise in the last week.

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As a result of the rising infection rates, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the reopening date – dubbed "freedom day" – would be delayed until July 19.

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

Gravesham has overtaken Dartford as Kent's most infected district after recording a nearly three-fold rise in cases in the last week.

Gravesham's infection rate rose from 18.7 per 100,000 last week to 49.6 per 100,000.

Canterbury, Maidstone, and Dover all recorded similarly rapid rises in the past seven days.

However, Kent is faring far better than most parts of England; every single district in Kent is well below the national average infection rate of 67.5 per 100,000.

Despite infection rates rising across the county, most of Kent is still posting relatively low rates when compared to the rest of the country.

Just one place in Kent did not record an increase in cases in the last seven days: Dartford.

The full list of Kent's latest infection rates

The Dartford Crossing

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 10; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 10; 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.

Gravesham – 49.6, (53), 18.7, (20)

Dartford – 45.3, (51), 46.2, (52)

Medway – 43.1, (120), 32.3, (90)

Canterbury – 39.3, (65), 28.4, (47)

Sevenoaks – 37.3, (45), 36.4, (44)

Tonbridge and Malling – 34.1, (45), 9.1, (12)

Maidstone – 27.4, (47), 15.1, (26)

Tunbridge Wells – 27.0, (32), 15.2, (18)

Dover – 26.2, (31), 7.6, (9)

Folkestone and Hythe – 21.2, (24), 12.4, (14)

Ashford – 20.8, (27), 13.8, (18)

Swale – 14.7, (22), 8.7, (13)

Thanet – 11.3, (16), 5.6, (8)

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