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Kent COVID: New cases on the rise in Tunbridge Wells, Canterbury and Thanet

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Original article from Kent Live

Despite coronavirus cases dropping generally across Kent, three areas are still recording increases.

This is in contrast to the general trend across the country where cases are dropping in the majority of areas.

After an early summer surge of Delta variant cases, positive test results have declined drastically since mid-July.

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Blackburn with Darwen, previously the most infected part of the country, now has an infection rate of just 142.5 per 100,000 residents testing positive, with just 219 recorded cases. This makes it the seventh least infected part of the country.

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Despite such areas seeing their infection rates drop, Tunbridge Wells, Canterbury and Thanet appear to be bucking the trend.

Tunbridge Wells is now the third most infected part of Kent with 331 people testing positive in the seven days to July 26, equivalent to 278.8 cases per 100,000 people.

Although Thanet still has a relatively low number of infections, cases are beginning to creep up after it being the country's least infected area just weeks ago.

The district's infection rate is now 198.7 with 282 new cases recorded. This is up from the 230 new cases recorded in the previous week.

Kent's infection rates in full

From left to right: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to August 2; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to August 2; rate of new cases in the seven days to July 26; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 26.

Districts marked in bold have recorded an increase

Medway, 311.6, (868), 340.0, (947)

Dartford, 284.2, (320), 358.8, (404)

Tunbridge Wells, 278.8, (331), 235.0, (279)

Gravesham, 255.3, (273), 323.5, (346)

Sevenoaks, 246.0, (297), 313.9, (379)

Tonbridge and Malling, 221.7, (293), 363.2, (480)

Canterbury, 214.6, (355), 210.4, (348)

Ashford, 204.6, (266), 226.9, (295)

Thanet, 198.7, (282), 162.1, (230)

Maidstone, 192.1, (330), 334.1, (574)

Dover, 173.5, (205), 198.9, (235)

Folkestone and Hythe, 161.1, (182), 226.6, (256)

Swale, 141.3, (212), 271.2, (407)

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