Published: 06:00, 16 June 2020
| Updated: 08:19, 16 June 2020
Several parts of Kent have so far escaped without any coronavirus deaths, official data has revealed.
The figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show confirmed deaths in the county where Covid-19 was the underlying cause or was mentioned on the death certificate as a contributory factor.
Broken down by geographical statistical areas, the data shows deaths which occurred between March 1 to May 31, and were registered by June 6.
Four areas across the county are registered as having no deaths during this time.
Surprisingly, several of these are in urban areas, including Settington, which can be found between Luton and Walderslade in the Medway area.
Similarly, Canterbury St Stephen's has escaped without any deaths so far despite being adjacent to the city centre.
The rural area of Lydd and Dungeness in Romney Marsh is one such area, potentially aided by its remote location.
Finally, and also on the coast, Ramsgate Ellington has also been free of coronavirus deaths, despite Thanet being among the worst affected in the county.
Indeed, the area with the highest number of recorded deaths is Cliftonville West, in Thanet, which has seen 27 people die as a result of the virus.
The district's infection rate currently stands at 468.9 per 100,000 people, with 665 cases so far.
The only borough in the county with a worse infection rate is Ashford, which is currently second-highest in England with a rate of 670.6.
A new testing facility has been opened, however there are fears it is too close to a primary school.
The total number of deaths in Kent attributed to the coronavirus, up to May 29, now stands at 1,282, with the latest numbers due to be released today.
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