Original article from Kent Live
A new map shows the parts of Kent where COVID-19 infection rates are the highest.
Infections across the county are surging and almost every part of Kent saw an increase in infections over the past week.
The picture across the county could be worse however – every part of Kent remains well below the UK national average infection rate of 97.5 today (June 24).
Even Kent's coronavirus hotspot, Maidstone, has an infection rate well below 97.5 per 100,000.
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However, some areas of the county have seen infection rates double or even triple over the seven day period.
The spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID has seen infection rates roar across the UK.
The government has already delayed the original June 21 reopening date by four weeks, but an aggressive spread of the virus could see further delays still.
Take a look at the map below for a full breakdown on the current levels of COVID-19 in Kent.
Figures are given for each district, including weekly infection rate up to June 18, number of new cases up to June 18, weekly infection rate up to June 11, and number of new cases up to June 11.
The darkest shaded areas indicate the highest weekly infection rates in this time period.
What does the map show?
The figures have been compiled by the PA news agency and is based on Public Health England data published on June 18 on the Government's coronavirus dashboard.
In the seven days up to June 18, the infection rate in Maidstone has risen from 36.1 to 73.3 cases per 100,000 residents over a seven day period.
Dartford, the second-most infected district in Kent, has an infection rate of 61.3 after registering 69 new cases in a week.
Folkestone and Hythe currently has the lowest infection rate, at 18.6 per 100,000 residents.
Full breakdown of Kent COVID rates
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 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 seen 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)