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Dover records biggest COVID surge in Kent as cases treble in one neighbourhood

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Original article from Kent Live

Dover has recorded the biggest COVID infection in Kent this week with some 356 new cases.

The area is now the second most infected place in the county behind Dartford.

Its numbers are well up on the 245 cases recorded last week, meaning there has been an increase of some 45.3 per cent.

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One of the worst affected areas has been Dover West – which comprises Aycliffe, Folkestone Road, Tower Hamlets and parts of Dover town centre.

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The 40 new cases mean infections have more than trebled in the space of the week.

Only two of 14 Dover district neighbourhoods recorded a decrease – Deal East (28 new cases, down 9.7 per cent) and Elms Vale and Capel-le-Ferne (8 new cases, down 11.1 per cent).

A full breakdown of numbers for Dover neighbourhoods with weekly increase is below.

Area New cases Weekly increase
Dover West 40 207.7%
Buckland and St Raidgunds 40 135.3%
Mill Hill, Upper Deal and Northbourne 42 75%
Deal North and West 30 66.7%
Eythorne and Shepherdswell 11 57.1%
Aylesham and Elvington 24 50%
Dover East 15 50%
Walmer 34 36%
Sandwich and Eastry 23 35.3%
Ash and Wingham 13 18.2%
Kearsney, River and Whitfield 21 5%

The good news is that like in the rest of the country, COVID deaths remain well below levels seen in previous waves.

Just two COVID deaths were registered in Dover in the last recorded month up to August 6, one in a hospital and one in a care home.

Elsewhere in Kent, infection rates are also climbing again however with numbers up in nine of our 13 major areas.

The east of the county is responsible for much of the recent surge, with the biggest weekly increases experienced in Dover, Folkestone and Thanet.

Across Kent, a total of 4,641 positive test results were recorded in the seven days up to August 12.

That compares with 4,212 the week before, an increase of just over 10 per cent

It is however a much smaller increase than earlier in the latest wave, when cases were more than doubling in some parts of the county week on week.

Dartford is currently the most infected area in Kent, its 370 new cases this week representing an infection rate of 324.4.

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

The list below has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on August 16 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

It is ordered alphabetically by district, and from left to right reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to August 12; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to August 12; rate of new cases in the seven days to August 5; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to August 5.

Areas with weekly increases are marked in bold.

Ashford, 233.6, (306), 222.1, (291)

Canterbury, 229.1, (382), 193.7, (323)

Dartford, 324.4, (370), 269.2, (307)

Dover, 300.4, (356), 206.7, (245)

Folkestone and Hythe, 254.1, (288), 179.1, (203)

Gravesham, 293.8, (314), 305.0, (326)

Maidstone, 224.7, (389), 232.2, (402)

Medway, 277.6, (775), 295.5, (825)

Sevenoaks, 196.9, (239), 203.5, (247)

Swale, 182.1, (275), 144.4, (218)

Thanet, 272.9, (386), 193.0, (273)

Tonbridge and Malling, 216.5, (287), 211.2, (280)

Tunbridge Wells, 230.4, (274), 228.7, (272)

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