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Kent COVID: Cases plummet across the county ahead of COVID winter plan announcement

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Cases are on the rise in two Kent areas ahead of Boris Johnson's unveiling of the COVID winter plan.

However, the general picture across the county shows new cases are on the decline.

This includes county hotspots Gravesham and Tunbridge Wells which have seen their infection rate's drop considerably.

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Sevenoaks, the thirs most infected part of Kent, has recorded a similar week-on-week infection rate.

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Across the UK, deaths have risen by 35 per cent as 61 more people died according to the latest daily statistics.

These figures come ahead of the unveiling of Boris Johnson's COVID winter plan later today (September 14).

It is thought that the Prime Minister will say further lockdowns will be a "last resort" – but guidance to work from home and the mandatory use of face masks are likely to be retained as options.

Mr Johnson will tell the nation how the country can learn to live with coronavirus, underlining how vaccinations will be a central part of the response in the coming months.

Asked whether ministers would consider a winter lockdown if Covid-19 cases rise, the Prime Minister's official spokesman told reporters: "We are in a very different place than where we were previously when other lockdowns were introduced, thanks to the success of our vaccine programme and other things like therapeutics treatments for coronavirus.

"We would only ever consider those sort of measures as a last resort and we will set out in more detail tomorrow what our approach will be should we see a significant increase in cases."

Kent's infection rates

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency using data published on September 13 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Here is the list in full.

It reads, from left to right: name of local authority; nation or region of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 9; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 9; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 2; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 2.

Gravesham, South-east England, 311.5, (333), 342.4, (366)

Tunbridge Wells, South-east England, 275.8, (328), 333.8, (397)

Sevenoaks, South-east England, 262.0, (318), 264.4, (321)

Tonbridge and Malling, South-east England, 251.9, (334), 301.0, (399)

Dartford, South-east England, 248.1, (283), 285.8, (326)

Thanet, South-east England, 246.7, (349), 287.0, (406)

Dover, South-east England, 245.5, (291), 248.1, (294)

Folkestone and Hythe, South-east England, 243.6, (276), 300.9, (341)

Ashford, South-east England, 238.9, (313), 270.2, (354)

Maidstone, South-east England, 233.9, (405), 263.4, (456)

Medway, South-east England, 228.9, (639), 242.5, (677)

Swale, South-east England, 211.9, (320), 209.9, (317)

Canterbury, South-east England, 194.3, (324), 192.5, (321)

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