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Kent COVID: Latest infection rates as Thanet records one of biggest COVID surges in England

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Thanet has recorded one of the biggest COVID surges in the country with some 431 new cases this week.

That number is up on 274 recorded last week, giving a new infection rate of 304.7 per 100,000 people.

Only Sedgemoor, the Isle of Wight and Herefordshire recorded bigger weekly increases.

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Elsewhere in Kent, nine out of 13 of our areas also saw rises.

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The district of Dover is significantly up this week, with 367 new cases.

Meanwhile Dartford remains the most infected part of the county, its 381 new cases making for a rate of 334.1.

The good news is that the latest COVID deaths figures remain far below levels seen in previous waves, suggesting the vaccination drive is working.

In the four weeks up to August 6, 30 Kent residents died with COVID-19 on their death certificate.

Twelve died in the four weeks before, and 16 in the four weeks before that.

It compares to the turn of the year, when well over 200 people from Kent were dying every week.

The latest infection rates below cover the seven days to August 13, based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on August 17 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 August 13; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to August 13; rate of new cases in the seven days to August 6; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to August 6.

Ashford, 228.2, (299), 222.9, (292)

Canterbury, 242.9, (405), 188.9, (315)

Dartford, 334.1, (381), 266.5, (304)

Dover, 309.7, (367), 216.0, (256)

Folkestone and Hythe, 258.6, (293), 194.1, (220)

Gravesham, 302.2, (323), 312.5, (334)

Maidstone, 216.6, (375), 244.9, (424)

Medway, 268.3, (749), 286.6, (800)

Sevenoaks, 199.4, (242), 199.4, (242)

Swale, 188.7, (285), 151.0, (228)

Thanet, 304.7, (431), 193.7, (274)

Tonbridge and Malling, 227.8, (302), 202.9, (269)

Tunbridge Wells, 235.4, (280), 214.4, (255)

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