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COVID infection rates rising in 10 Kent areas

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Original article from Kent Live

Ten areas in Kent are continuing to see coronavirus infection rates rise in the latest data.

The increase in new cases comes after the Prime Minister announced that the unlocking date for lifting all legal limits on social contact would be pushed back four weeks from June 21 to July 19.

Sharp rises in coronavirus recorded in Kent and across the country are thought to be down to the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant, and are also thought to be among those who have not yet been vaccinated.

Read more: The rules that will still ease on June 21 despite 'freedom day' delay

Only three parts of the county have seen cases fall in the latest data for the week to June 13 – Dartford, Medway and Canterbury.

Despite the drop in cases, Dartford remains the third most infected Kent district with a rate of 41.7 per 100,000 people, down from 48.8 recorded in the week to June 6.

Medway has also seen a very small decrease from 114 new cases and an infection rate of 40.9 in the week to June 6 falling to 112 cases and a rate of 40.2 in the week to June 13.

Canterbury also recorded an infection rate of 29.6 per 100,000 people in the latest data, down from 39.9 the week before.

On the other end of the scale, Gravesham remains the most infected Kent district after seeing cases rise again.

The north-west Kent district saw 58 new cases in the seven days to June 13, giving it an infection rate of 54.2 compared to 32.7 the week before.

It also means that every part of the county recorded a rate below England's national average of 75.2 per 100,000 people.

Maidstone, the second most infected part of Kent, saw cases triple in the space of one week with 24 new coronavirus cases recorded in the seven days to June 6 and 58 recorded in the seven days to June 13.

Meanwhile, Thanet is now the least infected Kent area despite also seeing an increase.

It now has an infection rate of 16.2, up from 8.5 the week before.

Kent's latest coronavirus infection rates in full

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on June 17 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Here is the list in full. From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 13; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 13; 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.

Areas marked in bold have recorded an increase.

Gravesham, 54.2, (58), 32.7, (35)
Maidstone, 41.9, (72), 14.0, (24)
Dartford, 41.7, (47), 48.8, (55)
Sevenoaks, 41.4, (50), 35.6, (43)
Medway, 40.2, (112), 40.9, (114)
Tonbridge and Malling, 40.1, (53), 15.1, (20)
Canterbury, 29.6, (49), 39.9, (66)
Ashford, 27.7, (36), 12.3, (16)
Tunbridge Wells, 26.1, (31), 17.7, (21)
Dover, 21.2, (25), 15.2, (18)
Folkestone and Hythe, 18.6, (21), 15.9, (18)
Swale, 18.0, (27), 9.3, (14)
Thanet, 16.2, (23), 8.5, (12)

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