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Latest Kent COVID infection rates ahead of July 19 Freedom Day

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Original article from Kent Live

COVID continues to spread rapidly across Kent, with just two days until restrictions are lifted almost entirely.

From Monday (July 19), most legal controls will end in England, meaning social distancing, face masks and the rule of six indoors will no longer be required.

However as COVID cases soar across the country, the government has set out a "cautious approach" to Freedom Day.

Read more:Chris Whitty warns we could face lockdown in next 5 weeks

In Kent, infection rates are surging in all areas bar one, according to the latest Public Health England data.

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Canterbury is the only area where the spread of COVID is slowing, having seen its infection rate fall from 222.5 to 203.2 in the seven days to July 12.

Cases are rising in all other Kent areas, however all districts remain below the national average (360.4).

Thanet, Kent's least infected area, has the second lowest infection rate in the country.

It places above North Norfolk (73.4), with an infection rate of 93.0.

Sussex's infection rates in full

Thanet has the second lowest infection rate in England

From left to right: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 12; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 12; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 5; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 5.

Areas marked in bold have recorded an increase

Gravesham, 342.3, (366), 195.4, (209)

Sevenoaks, 326.3, (394), 188.8, (228)

Maidstone, 302.6, (520), 225.2, (387)

Dartford, 300.2, (338), 174.1, (196)

Tonbridge and Malling, 281.5, (372), 175.6, (232)

Swale, 253.2, (380), 149.3, (224)

Folkestone and Hythe, 228.3, (258), 126.6, (143)

Tunbridge Wells, 225.7, (268), 214.8, (255)

Medway, 221.9, (618), 134.3, (374)

Canterbury, 203.2, (336), 222.5, (368)

Ashford, 196.1, (255), 115.4, (150)

Dover, 167.6, (198), 97.3, (115)

Thanet, 93.0, (132), 66.2, (94)

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