How Kent’s coronavirus infection rate compares to its level 2 neighbors

Coronavirus infection rates in Kent and Medway continue to climb above the national average.

By compiling data from Public Health England, we created a graph to show how these rates changed during the second lockdow.

While infection rates for neighboring counties appear to have leveled off or have fallen, Kent’s numbers have more than doubled.

Kent began the month-long lockdown on November 5 with an infection rate of 137.1 per 100,000, but ended it on December 2 with an infection rate of 344.0 per 100 000 people.

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At present, six of England’s ten worst infected areas are currently in Kent, with Swale still leading with an infection of over 550 per 100,000.

The increase in cases in Kent meant the entire county was placed under Level 3 restrictions when the lockdown ended on Wednesday (December 2).

However, our neighbors in Sussex, Surrey and Essex have been placed at level 2.

Level 3 restrictions mean all hospitality remains closed throughout the county, although shops are allowed to open.

Speaking last week, Kent County Council Director of Public Health Andrew Scott Clark said: ‘We could see in the numbers that in the period of time between the announcement that we were going into a nationwide lockdown. , there was actually an increase in the number of cases.

“The decision to proceed with a national lockdown was made on a national basis based on what the government was seeing across the country. ”

Kent County Council Public Health Director Andrew Scott-Clark speaking at the Detling Showground
(Image: KentLive)

“We saw that just before we went into lockdown, business was growing locally, which worried us. We spent a lot of time the week before working with the central government to push up some or a number of districts anyway. ”

You can see the graph here

See our interactive graphic below

What does the graph show?

The graph shows how the rate of rolling infection has changed in the original counties.

It compares infection rates over time between November 5 and December 2, using data from Public Health England.

Kent and Medway started the month with the highest number of infections in the South East, but while everywhere else remained stable, we saw steady growth.

The graph shows the different paths Kent, Medway and Surrey took during the second lockdown.

The two counties had an infection rate of around 130 per 100,000 on November 5, but fast forward by a month and the infection rate in Kent and Medway is up to 344 per 100,000, while Surrey is down to 120.5 per 100,000.

Swale still has the highest infection rate in England
(Image: Gareth Fuller / PA Wire)

The infection rate in Kent and Medway was below the national average throughout the pandemic, but on November 18 that changed.

Since then, our infection rate has steadily increased while the national average has declined.

The infection rate in Kent and Medway is now higher than anywhere else in the South East.

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