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Kent COVID infection rates soar as cases double in Canterbury and Dover

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Original article from Kent Live

Kent is continuing to experience a surge in new cases as all 13 areas record weekly increases.

This comes as the Delta variant continues to spread rapidly across the UK, and poses a threat to the proposed full lifting of restrictions on July 19.

Infection rates have more than doubled in Canterbury and Dover, with the former experiencing one of the most worrying surges in the county.

READ MORE: The number of Delta variant cases in each Kent area ranked from highest to lowest

Canterbury's infection rate has climbed from 51.4 per 100,000 to 121.5 per 100,000 in just one week, with the number of new cases increasing from 85 to 201.

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Dover remains one of the least infected parts of Kent with a rate of 44.9, but the area is still experiencing a faster spread than the national average.

Maidstone is the other Kent area with an infection rate above 100 per 100,000. The district's infection rate has increased from 71 to 115.8, with the number of new cases rising from 122 to 199.

At the other end of the spectrum Swale is the 11th least infected part of England, with a rate of 30, recording 45 new cases in the seven days prior to June 25.

Despite Canterbury and Maidstone currently having the highest infection rates, Medway and Dartford are the Kent areas which have recorded the most Delta variant cases according the most recent government data.

As of June 21, Medway has recorded a total of 246 cases of the variant which originated in India, while Dartford has recorded 147.

Kent's latest infection rates in full

Medway has recorded the most Delta variant cases

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 25; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 25; 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.

Canterbury, 121.5, (201), 51.4, (85)

Maidstone, 115.8, (199), 71.0, (122)

Tonbridge and Malling, 92.3, (122), 49.2, (65)

Gravesham, 87.0, (93), 53.3, (57)

Sevenoaks, 76.2, (92), 49.7, (60)

Dartford, 75.5, (85), 60.4, (68)

Tunbridge Wells, 75.0, (89), 45.5, (54)

Medway, 59.2, (165), 43.8, (122)

Ashford, 46.9, (61), 36.9, (48)

Dover, 44.9, (53), 21.2, (25)

Thanet, 36.6, (52), 20.4, (29)

Folkestone and Hythe, 38.1, (43), 21.2, (24)

Swale, 30.0, (45), 20.0, (30)

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