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Latest COVID rates as cases double in Canterbury, Ashford and X more Kent areas

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Original article from Kent Live

Coronavirus infection rates are continuing to rise across Kent ahead of restrictions being lifted on July 19.

The Prime Minister announced that all remaining legal limits on social contact would be removed on the date being dubbed 'freedom day'.

Social distancing and face coverings will no longer be mandatory, while there will be no limits on stadiums and entertainment venues, meaning the likes of nightclubs and concerts can return.

Read more: COVID officials urge England fans to get tested before tonight's game

Ahead of the unlocking date, all 13 Kent districts and Medway have recorded an increase in coronavirus cases, with eight seeing their numbers more than double in just one week.

Canterbury, the new COVID hotspot, remains as Kent's worst affected area.

In the latest data for the seven days to July 2, the city recorded 446 new cases compared to 206 the week before.

It now has an infection rate of 269.7, making it the only part of the county to have a rate higher than England's national average of 250 per 100,000.

Tunbridge Wells, Gravesham, Sevenoaks, Dartford, Swale, Ashford, Dover and Folkestone and Hythe have also seen their cases more than double in the space of seven days.

In Tunbridge Wells there were 220 new cases for the week to July 2, up from 89 seen in the week to June 25.

Now the second most infected district, it has an infection rate of 185.3.

Even in Folkestone and Hythe, the second least infected part of Kent, cases have risen from 44 to 90, giving the district an infection rate of 79.6.

Meanwhile Thanet remains the least infected part of the county with an infection rate of 53.6 per 100,000 people, despite seeing this number increase from 36.6 the week before.

The full list of Kent's infection rates

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on July 6 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Here is the list in full. From left to right: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 2; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 2; 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.

Areas recording an increase are marked in bold.

Canterbury, 269.7, (446), 124.6, (206)
Tunbridge Wells, 185.3, (220), 75.0, (89)
Maidstone, 181.6, (312), 117.0, (201)
Gravesham, 181.4, (194), 87.0, (93)
Sevenoaks, 168.1, (203), 77.0, (93)
Tonbridge and Malling, 146.0, (193), 92.3, (122)
Dartford, 140.3, (158), 78.1, (88)
Medway, 106.3, (296), 59.2, (165)
Swale, 103.3, (155), 30.0, (45)
Ashford, 95.4, (124), 47.7, (62)
Dover, 93.1, (110), 44.9, (53)
Folkestone and Hythe, 79.6, (90), 38.9, (44)
Thanet, 53.6, (76), 36.6, (52)

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