Original article from Kent Live
Ten of Kent's 13 districts have seen an increase in infection rates over the past seven days.
Coronavirus infections have steadily risen over the last few weeks in Kent, with most areas of the county registering an increase in infections over the last week.
While the vaccine roll-out continues around the country, with all over-18s now able to book their first jab, infection rates are climbing rapidly across England.
The June 21 reopening 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 18 Maidstone recorded 126 new cases – compared to just 62 the week before – giving the town an infection rate of 73.3 per 100,000 people.
While remaining the county's fourth-least infected district, Thanet has seen its infection rate almost double in the past week, rising from 12.7 per 100,000 to 24.7.
In Dartford, cases have risen significantly to give the region an infection rate of 61.3 per 100,000 people, making it Kent's second-most infected district.
Despite these dramatic increases, every part of Kent remains well below England's national average infection rate of 97.5 per 100,000.
On the other end of the scale, Folkestone and Hythe is once again the least infected part of Kent, with an infection rate of just 18.6 per 100,000 people.
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 18; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 18; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 11; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 11.
Areas marked in bold have recorded an increase.
Maidstone, 73.3, (126), 36.1, (62)
Dartford, 61.3, (69), 37.3, (42)
Canterbury, 54.4, (90), 33.3, (55)
Gravesham, 53.3, (57), 53.3, (57)
Tonbridge and Malling, 51.5, (68), 37.8, (50)
Sevenoaks, 51.3, (62), 38.9, (47)
Tunbridge Wells, 46.3, (55), 27.8, (33)
Medway, 42.7, (119), 42.4, (118)
Ashford, 38.5, (50), 26.1, (34)
Thanet, 24.7, (35), 12.7, (18)
Swale, 21.3, (32), 17.3, (26)
Dover, 21.2, (25), 22.0, (26)
Folkestone and Hythe, 18.6, (21), 19.5, (22)