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Coronavirus Kent: Ashford has one of England's worst infection rates

A district in Kent has the third highest infection rate for coronavirus in England, government figures have revealed.

Ashford's rate is nearly double that of the county as a whole - which stands at 271.2 cases per 100,000 people.

At least 637 people in the Ashford district have been hit with the virus, a rate of 492.7 per 100,000 people. Stock image
At least 637 people in the Ashford district have been hit with the virus, a rate of 492.7 per 100,000 people. Stock image

At least 637 people in the district have been hit with the virus at a rate of 492.7 per 100,000.

But other parts of the county are also in the top 20.

Thanet recorded an infection rate of 400.5 cases per 100,000 - with Dartford just behind at 400.1.

Cliftonville West in Thanet recorded a total of 13 deaths related to Covid-19 between March 1 and April 17, the highest number in the county.

Cramped living conditions and people ignoring lockdown restrictions were blamed for it becoming a coronavirus fatality hotspot.

Thanet recorded an infection rate of 400.5 cases per 100,000 people - with Dartford just behind at 400.1. Stock image
Thanet recorded an infection rate of 400.5 cases per 100,000 people - with Dartford just behind at 400.1. Stock image

In comparison, Kent's lowest rate was in Tunbridge Wells at 137.2.

Here is the full list of the county's coronavirus rate of cases per 100,000 people:

  • Ashford - 492.7
  • Thanet - 400.5
  • Dartford - 400.1
  • Folkestone and Hythe - 291.4
  • Dover - 271.9
  • Canterbury - 266.2
  • Medway - 254.1
  • Gravesham - 240.6
  • Maidstone - 237.1
  • Swale - 198.0
  • Sevenoaks - 175.4
  • Tonbridge and Malling - 153.2
  • Tunbridge Wells - 137.2

Kent has suffered at least 4,254 coronavirus cases and Medway has recorded 706.

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