Published: 18:14, 03 May 2021
| Updated: 18:17, 03 May 2021
The number of Covid deaths in Kent has fallen by more than 80% in a month.
Latest figures show 16 people from the county died in April within 28 days of a positive test - 77 fewer than in March.
The monthly total is the lowest since September, when three deaths were recorded, and is eclipsed by the pandemic high of 1,456 in January.
Remarkably, the latter two last recorded a death on February 27.
It comes as Covid rates across the county remain extremely low, with just 282 new cases in the latest week.
Folkestone and Hythe has the lowest rate, at 8.8 weekly cases per 100,000 people.
Thanet has the highest, at 23.3, meaning every Kent district is currently below the national average of 23.4.
Cases have stayed low despite lockdown rules being relaxed, with people now allowed to socialise outdoors at pubs and restaurants.
On May 17, groups of up to six will be able to enjoy a pint indoors should Boris Johnson give the green light.
He said today that on the same date there is likely to be "some opening up" of international travel.