Original article from Kent Live
Coronavirus infections continue to rise at a rapid rate across Kent.
As we edge closer to the July 19 reopening date, the uptick in infections show little sign of slowing down.
Gravesham is the new COVID hotspot of Kent, with an infection rate of 328.2 per 100,000 people in the area.
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.
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Canterbury's weekly cases have dropped from 404 to 340, with the current infection rate equivalent to 205.6 cases per 100,000 people.
Maidstone and Sevenoaks are the second and third most infected parts of Kent recording rates of 296.2 and 298.1 respectively.
Despite these rises, every Kent area is currently recording a lower infection rate than the national average of 336.7 per 100,000.
At the other end of the spectrum, cases remain minimal in Thanet – the town remains England's second least infected area.
The town had an infection rate of just 88.1, second only to North Norfolk on 63.0 per 100,000.
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 11; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 11; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 4; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 4.
Those districts which have recorded an increase in its infection rate have been marked in bold.
Gravesham – 328.2, (351), 190.8, (204)
Sevenoaks – 298.1, (360), 177.2, (214)
Maidstone – 296.2, (509), 213.6, (367)
Dartford – 277.1, (312), 145.6, (164)
Tonbridge and Malling – 252.7, (334), 161.9, (214)
Folkestone and Hythe – 231.0, (261), 100.9, (114)
Tunbridge Wells – 229.9, (273), 203.8, (242)
Swale – 223.9, (336), 134.6, (202)
Medway – 209.3, (583), 120.3, (335)
Canterbury – 205.6, (340), 244.3, (404)
Ashford – 187.6, (244), 111.5, (145)
Dover – 161.7, (191), 96.5, (114)
Thanet – 88.1, (125), 60.6, (86)