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Kent COVID: Coronavirus cases nearly double in Sevenoaks as government deny lockdown plans

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Original article from Kent Live

Coronavirus cases continue to climb in most parts of Kent.

According to the latest Government data, there has been an increase in the number of new cases in 11 out of 13 local authorities,

The latest data comes amid speculation surrounding an October "firebreak" during an extended half-term break.

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While this has been denied by the government, fears remain that the country will be thrown into lockdown once again.

The latest coronavirus figures in Kent

The infection rate has nearly doubled in Sevenoaks in the last week, with the area now sitting just behind Gravesham and Tunbridge Wells.

In terms of overall cases, 685 cases were recorded in Medway in the seven days to September 5.

This is up on the week before when the area recorded 567.

According to the latest data, the area had an infection rate of 245.4 per 100,000 people – up on the week before when it was 203.1.

Meanwhile, in Tunbridge Wells the infection rate was 364.9 in the week to September 5, whereas the week before it was 259.8.

The second-highest infection rate was recorded in Gravesham, where it was 334.0.

The week before, the infection rate was 281.6.

In third place is Sevenoaks, with the infection rate standing at 327.1, according to the latest data.

The week before it was 171.4 cases per 100,000 people.

From left to right: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 5; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 5; rate of new cases in the seven days to August 29; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to August 29.

Areas marked in bold have recorded an increase.

Tunbridge Wells, 364.9, (434), 259.8, (309)

Gravesham, 334.0, (357), 281.6, (301)

Sevenoaks, 327.1, (397), 171.4, (208)

Tonbridge and Malling, 312.3, (414), 255.0, (338)

Folkestone and Hythe, 300.9, (341), 236.5, (268)

Dartford, 296.4, (338), 235.9, (269)

Maidstone, 287.6, (498), 238.0, (412)

Thanet, 287.0, (406), 342.9, (485)

Dover, 274.2, (325), 221.1, (262)

Ashford, 269.4, (353), 265.6, (348)

Medway, 245.4, (685), 203.1, (567)

Swale, 225.1, (340), 229.8, (347)

Canterbury, 220.1, (367), 170.3, (284)

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