The 10 cities in Kent that are virtually Covid-free

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The 10 cities in Kent that are virtually Covid-free


Although there has been an increase in cases in Kent over the past week, there are still several cities that are virtually Covid-free.
Infection rates are lowest in Sevenoaks district, with just 20 positive tests recorded in the seven days to March 21, the latest figures available.

Cases are low in Folkestone and Hythe district
Sheppey was once a Covid hotspot, but Queenborough is now virtually virus-free
Sheppey was once a Covid hotspot, but Queenborough is now virtually virus-free

But across the county there are areas where weekly cases are in single digits – even in Swale, which once had the highest infection rate in the UK.

Queenborough, on the Isle of Sheppey, is one of 10 towns in Kent where fewer than three cases have been recorded.

When this happens, the government does not display any data on its interactive map, in order to “protect the identity of individuals.”

The same goes for Deal and neighboring Sandwich.

Fewer than three positive tests were recorded in both Deal and Sandwich
Fewer than three positive tests were recorded in both Deal and Sandwich
Edenbridge, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge are currently virtually Covid-free
Edenbridge, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge are currently virtually Covid-free

In the west of the county, Edenbridge, Tonbridge and the town of Sevenoaks also recorded two or fewer cases during this period.

However, Kent’s infection rate as a whole fell from 19.8% to 33.6 per 100,000 population. Medway fell 3.1% to 34.1.

On Jan. 4, Kent’s rate was 869.6 and Medway’s 1168.2, highlighting how drastically the outlook has changed in the past two months.

The recent hike comes as restrictions are eased from Monday in the next leg of the Prime Minister’s roadmap out of lockdown.

The government predicts that the cases could increase further as our freedoms return.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson to closely monitor whether an increase in cases leads to a further increase in hospitalizations
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will closely monitor whether an increase in cases leads to a further rise in hospitalizations

But most importantly, this time ministers and scientists will consider whether rolling out the vaccine to the most vulnerable means the NHS won’t be overwhelmed.

The latest figures show there are 90 people in Kent hospitals with Covid, down 93% from 1,341 on January 4.

Meanwhile, deaths have also fallen this month.

Eighty people from Kent and Medway have died after testing positive for Covid in March, up from 1,454 in January.

Full list of cities with two or fewer Covid cases as of March 21:

  • Accord
  • Edenbridge
  • Hawkinge
  • Hythe
  • Lydd
  • New Romney
  • Queenborough
  • Sandwich
  • Sevenoaks
  • Tonbridge

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