Original article from Kent Live
Coronavirus infection rates have continued to climb across Kent as we near the July 19 'freedom day'.
Maidstone remains the Kent hotspot for coronavirus with 514 cases being recorded in the seven days prior to July 10, equivalent to 299.1 cases per 100,000 people.
The only part of the county to see infection rates drop is the city of Canterbury, which was formerly the most infected part of Kent following an early breakout of the Delta variant.
Canterbury's weekly cases has dropped from 448 to 338, with the current infection rate equivalent to 204.4 cases per 100,000 people.
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Gravesham and Sevenoaks are the second and third most infected parts of Kent recording rates of 291.8 and 286.5 respectively.
Despite these rises, every Kent area is currently recording a lower infection rate than the national average of 348.6 per 100,000.
At the other end of the spectrum, cases remain minimal in Thanet as it is the third least infected part of England.
Some 127 cases were recorded in the seven days to July 10, equivalent to 89.5 cases per 100,000 people.
The rise of new infections in 12 out of 13 Kent and Medway districts, along most other parts of England, has led to substantial unease around the proposed easing of restrictions on July 19.
Although deaths and hospital admissions have remained relatively low, the number of new cases has raised concern over the threat of new variants and the increased number of people likely to suffer from long COVID.
Kent's infection rates in full
From left to right: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 10; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 10; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 3; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 3.
Those districts which have recorded an increase in its infection rate have been marked in bold.
Maidstone, 299.1, (514), 197.3, (339)
Gravesham, 291.8, (312), 193.6, (207)
Sevenoaks, 286.5, (346), 173.1, (209)
Dartford, 253.1, (285), 149.2, (168)
Tonbridge and Malling, 236.8, (313), 152.9, (202)
Tunbridge Wells, 219.8, (261), 199.6, (237)
Swale, 215.9, (324), 125.3, (188)
Medway, 205.7, (573), 112.0, (312)
Canterbury, 204.4, (338), 270.9, (448)
Folkestone and Hythe, 204.4, (231), 92.0, (104)
Ashford, 175.3, (228), 104.6, (136)
Dover, 157.5, (186), 89.7, (106)
Thanet, 89.5, (127), 55.0, (78)