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COVID rates in Dover nearly double as Delta variant takes hold

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Original article from Kent Live

The number of coronavirus cases in Dover has almost doubled in just seven days.

There has been a total of 26 new cases across the district in the last recorded week, compared to only 15 the week before.

It comes as the Delta variant, previously known as the Indian variant, drives an increase across most of Kent.

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Dover had previously been one of the last parts of the county to detect any cases of the Delta variant.

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The strain is believed to be much more transmissible and potentially more severe.

Early analysis suggests un-vaccinated people are twice as likely to end up in hospital compared to the previously dominant Alpha (Kent) variant.

Vaccines are also believed to be less effective against it.

The latest data from Public Health England however shows there were at least five suspected cases of the variant in Dover in the week up to June 4.

That number represented around half of the samples fully sequenced to check which variant they were.

The week before, two thirds of positive samples checked were the Delta variant.

It means that most new cases in Dover are now the Delta variant.

Within Dover, the official government map shows the places with most new COVID cases are Deal East (5), Kingsdown & St Margaret's (5), Buckland and St Radigunds (4), Dover East (3) and Walmer (3).

The official Government COVID map for Dover

In more positive news, the area's infection rate remains far lower than at previous peaks.

According to the latest data only 26.2 per 100,000 people tested positive for the virus during the space of a week.

In other words, one in every 3,817 Dover residents has contracted COVID-19 in the week to June 4.

The bad news is that before the spread of the Delta variant the virus had been almost eradicated, with Dover's infection rate in single digits for several weeks.

There are also encouraging signs that rising numbers are not yet translating to more hospital admissions or deaths in Kent.

There is often a significant time lag, however, and the picture will become clearer in the next few weeks.

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