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Thanet and Canterbury bucking the trend with COVID cases still rising

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Original article from Kent Live

New COVID cases continue to fall sharply in most of Kent – although two areas are bucking the trend.

Infection rates in both Canterbury and Thanet are up this week compared to the previous one, according to the latest Government figures.

In Canterbury another 377 positive tests have been recorded in the seven days to July 29, compared to 364 over the seven days before.

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In Thanet 266 new cases were confirmed, compared to 259 the previous week.

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Both remain below the national average infection rates of 283.3 cases per 100,000 people.

But both are also bucking a trend.

Of the 315 local authority areas in England, just nine (3 per cent) have seen a week-on-week rise in rates and 306 (97 per cent) have seen a fall.

Within Kent, numbers almost halved in the space of a week in several places, with Folkestone, Maidstone and Sevenoaks recording the biggest reductions.

Elsewhere, Lincoln has the highest rate, with 649 new cases in the seven days to July 29 – the equivalent of 653.6 per 100,000 people.

That is up from 356.5 in the seven days to July 22.

Middlesbrough has the second highest rate at 573.1, but it's down from 1,044.1 the week before.

The list below has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on August 2 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

From left to right it reads name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 29; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 29; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 22; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 22.

Ashford, 198.4, (258), 304.5, (396)

Canterbury, 227.9, (377), 220.1, (364)

Dartford, 306.4, (345), 529.3, (596)

Dover, 193.9, (229), 239.6, (283)

Folkestone and Hythe, 169.0, (191), 323.9, (366)

Gravesham, 268.4, (287), 408.6, (437)

Maidstone, 239.2, (411), 472.0, (811)

Medway, 322.4, (898), 426.1, (1187)

Sevenoaks, 258.4, (312), 501.0, (605)

Swale, 191.9, (288), 371.8, (558)

Thanet, 187.4, (266), 182.5, (259)

Tonbridge and Malling, 272.4, (360), 485.8, (642)

Tunbridge Wells, 250.2, (297), 357.1, (424)

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