Original article from Kent Live
Kent's COVID infection rate has continued to rise, with 12 districts across the county recording significant increases in cases.
The county's former hotspot – Canterbury – is the only part of Kent to see cases drop, whilst places like Swale and Thanet have seen cases grow massively in the last two weeks.
In two parts of the county – Folkestone & Hythe and Swale – infections have more than doubled in just one week.
Swale has recorded more than 200 cases per 100,000 people – the largest rise anywhere in Kent – and 10 times more than the infection rate in Swale a fortnight ago.
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Meanwhile, Thanet's infection rate is now the lowest in Kent, but sit at 88.8 per 100,000 people, almost double that of last week.
Cases have continued steady rises elsewhere, with the majority of Kent now recording over 200 cases per 200,000.
Medway has seen the highest number of new cases, with 537 new infections in the region in the seven day period.
These rises come amidst news that many people in Kent are considering uninstalling their NHS Test and Trace app, at a point where infections look set to become rampant across the country.
According to the government's coronavirus dashboard, we appear to be on course for a similar case peak to January 2021 – a spike which followed a snap lockdown just before Christmas.
With vaccines, it is unlikely that this spike will be as costly in human terms, with the jabs protecting against the worst of the illness.
However, long term complications from the virus, such as long COVID, are yet to be fully understood, meaning this spike is not without a level of risk to all, not just those with vulnerable immune systems.
Kent's latest infection rates in full
From left to right: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 9; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 9; 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.
Areas which have recorded an increase are marked in bold.
Maidstone – 282.8, (486), 181.0, (311)
Gravesham – 274.9, (294), 181.4, (194)
Sevenoaks – 261.7, (316), 168.1, (203)
Dartford – 237.1, (267), 139.4, (157)
Tonbridge and Malling – 226.3, (299), 146.0, (193)
Swale – 213.2, (320), 103.9, (156)
Canterbury – 212.2, (351), 272.7, (451)
Tunbridge Wells – 208.9, (248), 187.0, (222)
Medway – 192.8, (537), 106.6, (297)
Folkestone and Hythe – 190.3, (215), 79.6, (90)
Ashford – 159.2, (207), 94.6, (123)
Dover – 138.0, (163), 91.4, (108)
Thanet – 88.8, (126), 54.3, (77)