Kent’s COVID infection rates have continued their sharp increase as we head towards the festive period.
Every part of the county has seen a rise in infection rate, with even the least infected areas recording a rate of more than 300 cases per 100,000 over the last week.
This also means that more than half of the county now sits above the national average infection rate, which currently sits at 403.1 cases per 100,000 people.
Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and Ashford are the county’s three most infected areas, each seeing huge jumps in their respective infection rates.
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Sevenoaks tops the charts, however – recording 672 cases over the past 7 days, a substantial rise from the 395 cases the week prior.
This shakes out to an infection rate of 553.6 per 100,000, which means that slightly more than one in every 200 people in the area had a positive test for coronavirus.
The smallest increase was in Dartford, which saw only nine more cases recorded this week than in the week prior, though the case rate for the area still shows more than 384.9 cases per 100,000.
The least infected areas in the county were Folkestone & Hythe, and Canterbury.
National trends have seen an increase of 13.1 per cent in infections across the UK over the past 7 days, according to the government’s coronavirus dashboard.
The same national data has shown that daily deaths have continued to decline having seen an early November peak, with 1,038 people dying within 28 days of a positive test over the past 7 days.
This works out to a death rate per 100,000 people of 1.4 across the UK.
The number of patients admitted to hospital has also seen a slight decrease nationally, with 6,183 people hospitalised with the virus over the past 7 days.
This represents a 4.5 per cent decrease on the week prior.
Kent’s 7-day COVID statistics
Here are the infection rates in full for the last seven days, accurate to November 8.
It reads, from left to right: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to November 15; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to November 15; rate of new cases in the seven days to November 8; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to November 8.
All areas have recorded an increase in cases.
Sevenoaks, 553.6, (672), 325.4, (395)
Tunbridge Wells, 500.3, (595), 393.5, (468)
Ashford, 484.7, (635), 319.0, (418)
Swale, 475.4, (718), 378.1, (571)
Dover, 449.7, (533), 257.4, (305)
Gravesham, 448.1, (479), 334.9, (358)
Maidstone, 444.7, (770), 304.4, (527)
Tonbridge and Malling, 414.1, (549), 307.0, (407)
Medway, 406.2, (1134), 307.7, (859)
Dartford, 384.9, (439), 377.0, (430)
Thanet, 365.5, (517), 273.6, (387)
Canterbury, 342.4, (571), 271.0, (452)
Folkestone and Hythe, 332.7, (377), 233.9, (265)