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Kent COVID cases soar as infections rise in Canterbury and Maidstone

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Original article from Kent Live

New cases have continued to rise across Kent with all 13 areas recording higher infection rates.

Kent's hotspot of Canterbury is causing the most concern in the county as its number of new cases has almost tripled in just one week.

The city recorded 241 cases in the seven days to June 26 – equivalent to 145.7 cases per 100,000.

READ MORE: Huge University of Kent COVID outbreak in Canterbury as new infections rocket 458 per cent

This is a stark increase from the 91 cases, at a rate of 55 per 100,000 recorded in the previous week.

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Canterbury's surge in new cases is partly due to the local outbreak in the neighbourhood known as Blean Forest, Chartham Hatch & University.

The University of Kent campus within the area is believed to be the main reason behind this, with the neighbourhood recording a rate of 558.8, making it one of the most-infected parts of the South East.

Cases have also been on the rise in Maidstone with the town's infection rate rising to from 73.3 to 120.5 over the same period.

Some 207 new cases were recorded, up from 126.

At the other end of the spectrum Swale, which was one of the nationwide hotspots for the Alpha variant in December, remains one of the least infected parts of England.

Despite cases rising by almost a third, it is the 11th least infected part of England.

Although all 13 areas have recorded increases, Kent is not alone in this trend.

Latest Public Health England data shows that 302 of the country's 315 local authority areas – 96 per cent – recorded an increase in the seven days to Saturday, while two were unchanged.

Hyndburn in Lancashire continues to have the highest rate, with 474 new cases in the seven days to June 26 – the equivalent of 584.9 cases per 100,000 people.

Kent's latest infection rates in full

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on June 30 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

From left to right: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 26; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 26; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 19; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 19.

Canterbury, 145.7, (241), 55.0, (91)

Maidstone, 120.5, (207), 73.3, (126)

Tonbridge and Malling, 107.5, (142), 49.9, (66)

Gravesham, 92.6, (99), 54.2, (58)

Dartford, 83.5, (94), 63.1, (71)

Tunbridge Wells, 82.5, (98), 46.3, (55)

Sevenoaks, 81.2, (98), 51.3, (62)

Medway, 65.0, (181), 42.7, (119)

Dover, 50.8, (60), 22.0, (26)

Ashford, 47.7, (62), 38.5, (50)

Thanet, 36.6, (52), 24.7, (35)

Folkestone and Hythe, 40.7, (46), 19.5, (22)

Swale, 30.6, (46), 21.3, (32)

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