There is even the possibility that individual cities, as opposed to boroughs or districts, will be placed in separate levels, with some council heads arguing for this more localized approach.
So we looked at the latest figures from Public England Health to identify areas with the highest infection rates in each region of Kent.
Tenterden et Rolvenden – 180
Ashford has the lowest infection rate in Kent, so it may be unfair to call one of its areas a Covid hotspot.
But 15 new cases in Tenterden and Rolvenden saw its rate climb to 180 the most recent week – a 150% jump, albeit from a low base of six cases the week before.
Seasalter – 568,5
While the majority of cases have been seen in the University of Kent area in recent weeks, it is a seaside hamlet on the outskirts of Whitstable that currently has the highest infection rate in the district.
The region, which is home to a large number of holiday lets, recorded 51 new cases in the week through November 16 – an increase of 32.
Ben Fitter-Harding, head of Canterbury City Council, is among those supporting a localized approach to restrictions.
Wilmington et Hawley – 582,6
Only two districts of Dartford are in the purple, with rates above 400.
But it is the villages of Wilmington and Hawley where it is highest, with 34 new cases recorded in the most recent week.
East Dover – 566.3
Forty-six new cases in the week through November 16 saw East Dover’s rate rise by nearly 600.
The area encompasses Dover Docks and downtown, and is the only spot in the neighborhood in purple.
FOLKESTONE ET HYTHE (176,1)
Folkestone Center – 335
remains one of the lowest, Kent district rates, but the number has crept above 300 in a Folkestone seaside area.
Folkestone Central, where the number of cases has almost doubled to 24, occupies the majority of Sandgate Road and Folkestone Beach.
Parc Riverview – 629,8
Cases have doubled to 44 in an area east of the city, seeing its rates rise above 600.
Riverview Park has Rochester Road as its northern limit and has many built-up residential areas.
Boxley et Detling – 394
The center of the town of Maidstone itself escapes some of the epidemics seen in the borough.
Rates are highest in the new north, with 28 new cases in an area containing the villages of Detling, Boxley and Bredhurst.
Its rate more than tripled to 394.
Wainscott and City Estate – 441.6
Almost 1,000 new cases were registered in Medway in the week to Nov. 16, an increase of almost 55%.
Thirty-seven of them were in an area bordering Strood and Rochester to the north.
Wainscott and City Estate is so called because it houses the Village and Medway City Estate.
Swanley East et Hextable – 389,3
The district’s infection rate rose 44 percent in one week to over 200.
But the rate is highest in the north, in an area containing the village of Hextable and parts of the town of Swanley.
The cases there doubled from 14 to 28.
Sheppey East – 1964
Swale made unviable headlines this week as areas of the Borough record some of the highest in the country.
Sheppey East tops the national rankings, with her 170 new cases seeing her rate increase by nearly 2,000.
Epidemics in prisons and mass testing are said to be a major factor in the spike.
Minster South also has a rate above 1,000, while Faversham could feel particularly difficult if severe restrictions are imposed in the borough.
Only 30 of the 983 cases recorded in Swale last week were in Market Town.
Dumpton – 658,4
The majority of Thanets are in the crimson, with a rate of over 400, but his area of one between Ramsgate and Broadstairs tops the table.
There were 55 new cases in Dumpton in the most recent week – a 150% increase.
The region’s rate exceeds that of Margate Town by only 0.1 cases per week per 100,000 population.
TONBRIDGE AND MALLING (196,7)
Ditton – 385,3
The rounding rate remains among the lowest in Kent and is increasing much more slowly than in other parts of the county.
Its 15.6% increase is largely due to 27 new cases in the Ditton area, which encompasses the village itself and the Royal British Legion Village in Aylesford.
The village of RBL provides housing, social support and care to more than 300 members of the armed forces community.
TUNBRIDGE WELLS (125,5)
Pembury et Matfield – 233,4
With just 149 new cases across the borough in the past week, Tunbridge Wells’ rate is the second lowest in Kent.
The highest rate is east of the town itself in an area containing the village of Pembury.
Cases there have tripled to 18.
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