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The Kent neighbourhoods where Covid has nearly disappeared

Dozens of neighbourhoods in Kent have reported only a handful of new cases of Covid-19 as infection rates continue to drop in the county and across the UK.

Latest figures show many smaller areas reporting fewer than three cases - shown in white on the government's map of coronavirus statistics - meaning full data is not shown to protect individuals' identities because the number is so small.

Many smaller areas of Kent - shown in white on the government's map - are now reporting fewer than three new Covid cases
Many smaller areas of Kent - shown in white on the government's map - are now reporting fewer than three new Covid cases

More than 600,000 people in the county - about a third of the population - have now tested positive for coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

The number of people in Kent to test positive for Covid-19 since March 2020 stands at 510,232, while the figure for Medway is 93,133. More than 6,000 people across the county have died.

The number of positive tests continues to fall in the county and rest of the country. In the seven days to September 10, the total number of cases in Kent was 715, a further drop of 4.5% on the previous week's figure.

Infection rates for the same time period - 45 people per 100,000 of the population for Kent, 42.3 per 100,000 in Medway - are roughly in line with the average figure for England of 43.9.

All of Kent's district and borough council areas had fewer than 100 new cases in the week.

The neighbourhoods recording fewer than three cases a week in each council area are as follows:


Hamstreet and Isle of Oxney

Kennington and Little Burton Farm

Wye, Chilham and Kennington


South Canterbury

St Stephen's




Stone and Crossways


Dover East

Eyethorne and Shepherdswell

Folkestone & Hythe

Folkestone Central

Dymchurch, St Mary's Bay and Brookland

Lyminge, Densole and Elham

Saltwood, Seabrook and Etchinghill


No areas




Bearsted and Downswood

Harrietsham, Hollingbourne and Lenham

Headcorn and Sutton Valence


Ringlestone and Central Maidstone


Yalding and Farleigh


Hoo Peninsula

Chatham South East


Gillingham North East

Gillingham South East


Parkwood East

Rainham North East

Rainham North West

Rainham South West

Rochester East

Rochester South East

Rochester West

Wainscott and City Estate



Hever, Leigh and Penshurst

Sevenoaks Town and Weald

Sevenoaks West and Chevening

Swanley South and Crockenhill

West Kingsdown


Faversham East

Minster North


Sheerness East

Sheerness West

Sittingbourne Central and Milton Regis

Sittingbourne East

Sittingbourne South, Bapchild and Bredgar


Broadstairs North

Broadstairs South

Cliftonville East and Kingsgate

Margate Town

Minster and St-Nicholas-at-Wade

Ramsgate Harbour

Westbrook and Garlinge

Tonbridge & Malling

East Malling, West Malling and Trottiscliffe


Kings Hill and Wateringbury

Tonbridge Higham Wood

Tonbridge South and Haysden

Tonbridge Trench Wood

Tunbridge Wells

Frant and Groombridge

High Brooms and Sherwood

Southborough East and Longfield Road

Southborough West

Tunbridge Wells South

The number of positive Covid tests continues to fall in Kent
The number of positive Covid tests continues to fall in Kent

The figures come as people aged 65 and over can now book their Covid-19 autumn booster jab.

Appointments are also open for carers and pregnant women.

People aged 75 and over, the severely immunosuppressed and frontline health and care workers have been able to book a booster since last week.

Bookings can be done online or over the phone, as long as the person had their last Covid jab at least three months ago.

An autumn booster will eventually be offered to everyone aged 50 and over.

Last week, the World Health Organisation said the end of the Covid-19 pandemic was “in sight” but warned people to remain cautious.

People aged 65 and over can now book an autumn booster jab
People aged 65 and over can now book an autumn booster jab

The WHO said weekly deaths from the virus around the world are at the lowest level since March 2020, the month the UK first went into lockdown.

The director general of the international health body, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told a press conference: “We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic – we are not there yet, but the end is in sight.

“We can see the finish line, we’re in a winning position. But now is the worst time to stop running."

The WHO warned that the virus still poses an “acute global emergency” and highlighted that during the first eight months of 2022 more than a million people died from Covid-19.

At the end of August the Covid-19 alert level in the UK was downgraded from level three to level two. A level two alert means Covid-19 is “in general circulation but direct Covid-19 healthcare pressures and transmission are declining or stable”.

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