Infection rate has halved since lockdown called

Infection rate has halved since lockdown called
Coronavirus Update

According to the latest data from Public Health England, there were 324 positive tests for coronavirus in the borough for the seven days to January 22, down from 476 cases the week before.


The rate per 100,000 of the population – used to compare levels in different areas of the country – has now fallen to 279.2,  the lowest since December 10 last year when the rate per 100,000 stood at 272.1.

Figures for January 4, the day Boris Johnson announced the latest lockdown for England, show there were 693 positive Covid-19 tests in the previous seven days in Tunbridge Wells, and the rate per 100,000 was more than double this week’s figures at 583.7.

Covid rates have fallen across most of Kent since lockdown was introduced, with former county hotspots Swale and Thanet – districts that saw more than a thousand cases a week in December – both now with rates per 100,000 below 400.

The news comes as the number of vaccination centres in Kent has increased, which has seen more than half the over 80s in the county now given the jab to protect them against the virus.

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