The neighbourhoods where Covid cases are rising

The number of daily Covid infections in Kent has dropped to its lowest level since last summer – but five areas in the county still have figures above the national average.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that there were an estimated 1.5 million people in private households with the virus during the week to May 7, a decrease from two million the previous week.

Lateral flow tests are no longer free on the NHS for most people

The average Covid infection rate in England is 107.9 per 100,000 of the population, according to statistics.

Five areas in Kent have higher prices.

Maidstone tops the table with 122 people out of every 100,000 who have tested positive for Covid. The city is followed by Tunbridge Wells (117.7), Dartford (115.7), Canterbury (111.5) and Tonbridge and Malling (110.9).

The average infection rate in Kent, excluding Medway, is 98.5.

Maidstone has also noted the sharpest percentage increase, at 31.1%.

Other areas that see an increase in the number of cases are Sevenoaks (5.2%), Canterbury (3.9%) and Tonbridge and Malling (1.4%).

Across the county on average, however, cases have decreased by 7.4%.

Maidstone has the highest Covid frequency in Kent
Maidstone has the highest Covid frequency in Kent

The latest Covid statistics for the Kent district are as follows. The figures show the number of new cases registered in seven days; the frequency of infection per 100,000 persons (in bold) and the percentage increase.

Ashford: 111; 84.7; -13/3%

Canterbury: 186; 111.5; 3.9%

Dartford: 132; 115.7; -1.5%

Dover: 102; 86.1; -22.1%

Folkestone & Hythe: 89; 78.5; -29.4%

Gravesham: 92; 86.1; -17.1%

Maidstone: 211; 121.9; 31.1%

Medway: 285; 102.1; -5.3%

Sevenoaks: 122; 100.5; 5.2%

Swale: 129; 85.4; -3.7%

Thanet: 105; 74.2; -38.6%

Tonbridge & Malling: 147; 110.9; 1.4%

Tunbridge Wells: 140; 117.7; -10.3%

Kent: 1,257; 98.5; -7.4%

An ONS map showing the case frequency per 100,000 people for the seven-day period ending May 8
An ONS map showing the case frequency per 100,000 people for the seven-day period ending May 8

In Kent, the daily number of Covid cases has continued to decline since a small peak in mid-March. They are now at levels not seen since June last year, although this may be partly due to a decline in testing.

Since April, most people have not been entitled to free side flow tests.

Most people with symptoms can also not order free PCR tests, and the rules for what to do if you test positive have also been relaxed.

In the UK, reported infections have decreased for the fifth week in a row, with 1.2 million people likely to test positive for Covid-19, equivalent to about one in 45 people.

This is a decrease from 1.6 million, or one in 35, and is the lowest estimate since the week ending December 16.

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