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Kent COVID: Cases surge in Tunbridge Wells and Thanet as thousands of cases recorded across Kent

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Original article from Kent Live

Eight out of 13 Kent areas have recorded an increase in new cases.

This surge is most dramatic in Thanet and Tunbridge Wells, which are now among the most infected parts of the county.

Kent's rise in new cases is in line with the national trend, where 38,281 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours alone.

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Some 140 deaths were recorded during the same period.

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It comes as figures published on Thursday by Public Health England estimated the vaccine rollout has directly averted between 102,500 and 109,500 deaths, and more than 82,100 hospital admissions.

Devi Sridhar, professor of global public health at the University of Edinburgh, said vaccine advisers are being "very cautious" on widening the jabs programme but warned that "waiting and watching costs time".

Asked about 12 to 15-year-olds being offered jabs, she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Either you're going to be exposed to Covid without any protection or you can be exposed and have a vaccine.

"And we should be offering teens that vaccine so they have that protection before going back into schools."

Less than two weeks ahead of the start of the new school year, most Sussex areas are recording increases.

Thanet remains the most infected part of Kent recording 699 new cases in the seven days prior to August 22, equivalent to 494.1 cases per 100,000 people.

Kent's infection rates in full

It reads, from left to right: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to August 22; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to August 22; rate of new cases in the seven days to August 15; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to August 15.

Thanet, 494.1, (699), 333.0, (471)

Tunbridge Wells, 341.4, (406), 239.6, (285)

Gravesham, 313.4, (335), 311.5, (333)

Ashford, 278.6, (365), 225.2, (295)

Sevenoaks, 277.6, (337), 206.0, (250)

Tonbridge and Malling, 270.0, (358), 236.9, (314)

Canterbury, 256.7, (428), 235.1, (392)

Maidstone, 256.5, (444), 218.9, (379)

Dover, 249.8, (296), 298.7, (354)

Dartford, 245.5, (280), 336.7, (384)

Medway, 231.4, (646), 272.3, (760)

Swale, 224.5, (339), 194.0, (293)

Folkestone and Hythe, 213.6, (242), 270.9, (307)

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