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Kent COVID: Thanet and Swale record lowest rates of coronavirus cases in England

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Three of Kent's thirteen districts have recorded weekly COVID-19 infection rates that place them amongst the least infected areas in the entirety of England.

Newly released government figures show that Swale, Thanet and Canterbury are amongst the 10 least infected areas in the country, with the former two having infection rates at below a third of the national average.

In fact – the only two places with lower infection rates were the isolated Scottish islands of Orkney and the Shetland isles – making Thanet and Swale's low infections even more remarkable.

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The news comes as cases continue to rise elsewhere in the country – with the beginning of October seeing 80 per cent of the country recording increasing spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Other parts of Kent have seen major spikes in infections – with West Kent the hardest hit by the spread of the virus.

Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge and Malling – three districts that sit alongside one and other, are all well above the national average infection rate of 356.5 cases per 100,000 people.

Tonbridge and Malling have the lowest rate of the peak areas with 394.5 cases per 100,000, whilst Tunbridge Wells leads Kent with 454.9.

These figures mean that around 0.4 per cent of the population in these districts has tested positive for the virus in the last seven days – which shakes out to around 1 in every 250 people.

However – these rising case rates aren't all doom and gloom, and there are a handful of good – if not wholly positive – indicators in the nationwide stats.

Deaths have dropped by 13.9% in the last 7 days – though 137 people are still dying every day on average from COVID-19.

Cases are rising – but other key indicators have dropped off in recent days.

Hospitalisations have also dropped 13.7%, with 813 fewer people admitted to hospital this week than last.

Last autumn and winter saw severe spikes in COVID as a series of snap lockdowns were imposed – but the government has said there are not firm plans to return to stricter COVID-19 restrictions.

Full list of COVID-19 infection rates by Kent district

Here is Today’s update of Covid-19 case rates for every local authority area in the UK.

Data for the most recent four days (September 27-30) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

Of the 377 local areas in the UK, 301 (80%) have seen a week-on-week rise in rates, 75 (20%) have seen a fall and one is unchanged.

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 26; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 26; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 19; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 19.

Areas that have recorded an increase are marked in bold.

Tunbridge Wells, 454.9, (541), 349.8, (416)

Sevenoaks, 413.6, (502), 314.7, (382)

Tonbridge and Malling, 394.5, (523), 301.7, (400)

Dartford, 303.4, (346), 249.0, (284)

Ashford, 266.4, (349), 196.2, (257)

Maidstone, 236.2, (409), 223.0, (386)

Dover, 232.9, (276), 162.0, (192)

Folkestone and Hythe, 217.1, (246), 194.1, (220)

Gravesham, South-east England, 200.2, (214), 238.6, (255)

Medway, 196.3, (548), 189.2, (528)

Canterbury, 143.3, (239), 146.9, (245)

Swale, 114.6, (173), 155.6, (235)

Thanet, South-east England, 106.0, (150), 158.4, (224)

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