Original article from Kent Live
Kent's COVID-19 infection rates have continued to tumble as an early summer peak looks to be firmly on the way out.
New figures from the Government's coronavirus dashboard show that every part of Kent has fewer cases than it did in the seven days prior.
In fact, the entire UK appears to be trending in the right direction – with 37 per cent fewer cases recorded in the last week than the week before.
The case level still remains relatively high in the grander scheme of 2021 – with the national average infection rate of 354 cases per 100,000 dwarfing the 20 cases per 100,000 seen as recently as May.
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However, Kent as a whole is almost entirely below this national average – save for Tonbridge and Malling and Dartford, who remain the county's most infected districts.
This, in effect, means that Kent is doing relatively well considering the height of this second spike.
However, cases have almost halved in some of Kent's most infected areas, with Dartford and Maidstone seeing drops from 691 and 908 cases, down to 446 and 599 cases respectively.
Elsewhere, cases look to be a little more stable – with Canterbury, Dover and Thanet all recording fairly minor drops, though these areas make up some of Kent's least infected places.
We aren't out of the woods yet, though.
The number of patients admitted to hospital across the country continues to rise, up 21 per cent over the last week, whilst testing has dropped off by 14 per cent, suggesting that the data might not fully reflect how much of the virus is still in our communities.
Deaths are also rising – and at a faster rate than hospitalisations, at 28 per cent in the last 7 days, with 499 people dying due to the coronavirus in the past week.
Each Kent district's COVID-19 infection rate
From left to right: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 25; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 25; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 18; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 18.
No areas in Kent have recorded an increase.
Tonbridge and Malling, 397.3, (525), 555.4, (734)
Dartford, 396.1, (446), 613.6, (691)
Maidstone, 348.6, (599), 528.4, (908)
Sevenoaks, 352.8, (426), 554.0, (669)
Medway, 367.3, (1023), 414.6, (1155)
Gravesham, 351.6, (376), 437.6, (468)
Swale, 287.2, (431), 485.1, (728)
Tunbridge Wells, 270.4, (321), 363.9, (432)
Ashford, 248.4, (323), 346.1, (450)
Folkestone and Hythe, 240.7, (272), 395.6, (447)
Canterbury, 217.1, (359), 231.0, (382)
Dover, 204.9, (242), 253.1, (299)
Thanet, 160.7, (228), 167.7, (238)