Original article from Kent Live
Twelve of the 13 districts in Kent have seen their infection rates rise in the last week.
Coronavirus infections have steadily risen over the last few weeks in Kent, with almost every single part of the county registering an increase in infections over the past seven days.
After missing Monday's June 21 'Freedom Day' milestone, attention has now been turned to the rescheduled reopening date of July 19.
The date was delayed due to a concerning spike in cases in recent weeks, with growing concern amid rising infection numbers both in Kent and across England.
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The spread of the highly-transmissible Delta variant has been blamed for the rapid increase in infections, which has seen the national infection rate more than quadruple over the last four weeks.
The new strain has taken hold here in Kent, with some districts seeing the number of new coronavirus cases double in the space of one week, including Kent's new COVID-19 hotspot: Maidstone.
In the seven days leading to June 16 Maidstone recorded 122 new cases – compared to just 59 the week before – giving the town an infection rate of 71.0 per 100,000 people.
Thanet and Dartford have also seen sharp increases in the last seven days.
While remaining the county's second-least infected district, Thanet has seen its infection rate almost double in the past week, rising from 12.7 per 100,000 to 20.4.
In Dartford, cases have risen significantly to give the region an infection rate of 59.5 per 100,000 people.
Despite these dramatic increases, every part of Kent remains well below England's national average infection rate of 89.3 per 100,000 people.
On the other end of the scale, Dover is the least infected part of Kent, and the only district that has seen a decrease in infections in the past week.
The full list of Kent infection rates
Here is the Kent list in full.
From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 17; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 17; 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.
Areas marked in bold have recorded an increase.
Maidstone, 71.0, (122), 34.3, (59)
Dartford, 59.5, (67), 35.5, (40)
Gravesham, 52.4, (56), 50.5, (54)
Tonbridge and Malling, 51.5, (68), 35.6, (47)
Canterbury, 50.8, (84), 36.9, (61)
Sevenoaks, 49.7, (60), 36.4, (44)
Tunbridge Wells, 45.5, (54), 27.0, (32)
Medway, 43.8, (122), 42.0, (117)
Ashford, 36.9, (48), 24.6, (32)
Swale, 20.0, (30), 16.7, (25)
Folkestone and Hythe, 20.4, (23), 19.5, (22)
Thanet, 20.4, (29), 12.7, (18)
Dover, 20.3, (24), 22.0, (26)