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Covid-19 cases continue to rise as over 500 are recorded in one week with vaccine available for over-18s


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Cases increased by 38% in the week before the Prime Minister's decision not to ease restrictions.

However, the vaccine programme is beginning to reach its final stage as teenagers in some areas of Kent are being asked to book vaccines and all will be invited to from tomorrow.

Covid-19 cases have risen another 40%
Covid-19 cases have risen another 40%

Across the county, 590 new cases were recorded on the week ending June 12, a rise of 38.2% bringing the infection rate to 31.72.

Only two areas have seen cases drop in the last week - Dartford (-5.2%) and Canterbury (-21.4%).

Gravesham now has the highest infection rate after cases rose by 103.6% bringing it to 53.3.

Two deaths have been recorded so far in the county in June.

Thanet has the lowest infection rate at 12.7, though cases doubled in the area over the last week.

Source: Public Health England
Source: Public Health England

As a result of this rise and worries over the spreading Delta variant first detected in India, the easing of restrictions was delayed to June 19 earlier this week.

Delta cases have risen by almost 70% in west Kent but are falling on the other side of the county.

Latest figures show there were 202 new cases of the strain across the region in the week up to June 4 - up by 53.

The most cases were found in Medway (53) and Dartford (37).

Though it's not all bad news - over-21s across Kent are being called to book their jabs as the final stage of the programme draws nearer.

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Over-18s in Whitstable are also being called to book jabs and two new walk-in Covid jab clinics will be in operation this weekend in an effort to vaccinate thousands of over-18s in Canterbury.

Eight of Kent's 13 areas have now have 80% of their population vaccinated with the first dose.

Thanet remains the area with the most first doses given at 84% of people - sitting above Kent's average of 79%.

Canterbury has vaccinated the lowest percentage of their population with 72% of people having had their first dose.

Six areas in Kent have given over 60% of their population the second dose of the vaccine, with Thanet and Folkestone and Hythe administering the most at 66%.

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Overall, the number of vaccines given out are down this week after a significant drop in second doses being given out.

On the week ending June 13, 35,511 first doses and 55,131 second doses were administered, bringing the total to 90,642.

This is down from the previous week's 104,585 when 23,423 first doses and 81,162 second doses were given out.

The total number of people in Kent who are fully vaccinated is now up to 847,234.

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