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COVID cases declining across Kent, but UK hospitalisations still on the rise

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Kent appears to have passed its second major peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, as cases decline across the county.

In fact, 12 of Kent's 13 districts recorded fewer infections over the last 7 days than were recorded in the week prior.

The news comes just over two weeks after the EUROs ended – which may explain a recent growth in cases – as this timeline fits the approximate lag between current infections and published data.

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Cases still remain much higher than has generally been seen in 2021, however.

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Even Kent's least infected area – Thanet – saw over 200 cases recorded in the last 7 days.

Elsewhere, Medway recorded only a small drop in the last 7 days, with over 1000 cases of the virus still being recorded in just a week.

Kent's 5 most infected districts are also still above the national average of infections – though the county's average as a whole sits well below this national figure of 376.5 cases per 100,000, as of July 23.

Tonbridge and Malling and Dartford are the county's major hotspots, though again both have seen declines of over 100 cases per 100,000, indicating that the nationwide infection peak recorded on July 17 has begun to recede, even in Kent's largest problem areas.

However – hospitalisations are still ticking up, and though nowhere near the peaks of April 2020 or February 2021, the risks of complications requiring more serious and the relatively unknown quantity of long COVID remain.

Hospitalisations across the UK have steadily been increasing – even as recorded cases drop off.

As of July 24, the 7-day average of patients currently in hospital with COVID in the UK sat at 5,447, the highest number recorded since March 22 2021.

This is also the first time cases have been trending upwards from these kinds of numbers since October 2020.

Clearly, though vaccinations seem to be effective in strongly limiting the numbers of deaths from COVID-19, the pandemic is far from over, even as restrictions have eased.

7-day COVID-19 stats for Kent

The structure of the stats below is as follows:

From left to right: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 24; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 24; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 17; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 17.

Areas that have recorded an increase are marked in bold.

Tonbridge and Malling, 419.2, (554), 537.3, (710)

Dartford, 417.4, (470), 595.9, (671)

Maidstone, 394.6, (678), 483.6, (831)

Sevenoaks, 379.3, (458), 543.3, (656)

Medway, 377.7, (1052), 386.3, (1076)

Gravesham, 359.1, (384), 433.9, (464)

Swale, 316.5, (475), 461.7, (693)

Tunbridge Wells, 291.4, (346), 358.0, (425)

Folkestone and Hythe, 261.1, (295), 404.4, (457)

Ashford, 253.0, (329), 348.4, (453)

Canterbury, 211.0, (349), 230.4, (381)

Dover, 204.9, (242), 245.5, (290)

Thanet, 161.4, (229), 158.5, (225)

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