Original article from Kent Live
COVID-19 infection rates have more than doubled in the majority of Kent areas, with just two weeks until restrictions are set to be lifted.
Canterbury’s infection rate remains above the rising national average, which currently stands at 172.8.
Canterbury’s infection rate rose from 71.9 to 220.1 in the seven days to June 28.
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The area recorded 364 new cases, compared to 119 the previous week,
Thanet, which has the lowest rate in Kent, is now among the 10 least infected areas of England.
However Ashford recorded the smallest week-on-week rise, with a rate of 58.4 up from 45.4.
Boris Johnson has said he has increasing confidence that he can go ahead with the final phase of his plans to end lockdown on July 19 to “get back to life as close to it was before COVID”.
The new Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, earlier this week also confirmed his intention for Step 4 of the road map to go ahead at that point, but he stopped short of confirming that will mean the end of every measure.
The alarming rise in cases has led leading doctors to urge the Government to keep some measures in place in a bid to help control the spread of COVID.
Kent's latest infection rates in full
From left to right: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 28; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 28; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 21; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 21.
Canterbury, 220.1, (364), 71.9, (119)
Maidstone, 139.7, (240), 90.2, (155)
Gravesham, 131.9, (141), 49.6, (53)
Sevenoaks, 121.7, (147), 48.0, (58)
Tonbridge and Malling, 118.8, (157), 54.5, (72)
Tunbridge Wells, 112.9, (134), 53.1, (63)
Dartford, 109.2, (123), 62.2, (70)
Medway, 83.3, (232), 47.0, (131)
Dover, 71.1, (84), 27.9, (33)
Ashford, 58.4, (76), 45.4, (59)
Swale, 56.6, (85), 21.3, (32)
Folkestone and Hythe, 53.1, (60), 23.9, (27)
Thanet, 40.9, (58), 26.1, (37)