Kent remains one of the worst-affected places in the UK in the COVID-19 pandemic, and some parts of the county have paid an especially high price.
The new strain of COVID was first spotted in the south east and has ravaged the county, leaving behind a heavy human toll.
An interactive map released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the areas within Kent where the most people have sadly passed away from COVID-19.
The map, which breaks down the data on a neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood basis, provides a sombre reminder of the human tragedy of this pandemic.
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Figures show that a part of Dover has had the most coronavirus deaths of any place in Kent, registering 31 deaths according to the most recent data.
The map includes the most up to date statistics provided by the ONS, but does not yet include the death figures for December 2020.
This means that the death figures shown are likely to rise significantly by the time that December’s data is verified.
More rural areas with low populations are placed together to form an area.
The neighbourhoods with the most deaths
The 10 areas with the highest number of COVID deaths in Kent have been listed below.
There are neighbourhoods from all over Kent in the top 10, from Ashford across to Thanet.
The table shows: the neighbourhood, the district it falls into (in brackets), and the number of coronavirus deaths between March and November 2020.
1. Kearsney, River & Whitfield (Dover) – 31
2. Bybrook, Orchard Park & Godinton (Ashford) – 31
3. Cliftonville West (Thanet) – 27
4. Gillingham South East (Medway) – 24
5. Folkestone Morehall & Sandgate (Shepway) – 24
6. Park Farm (Ashford) – 21
7. Ashford Central (Ashford) – 18
8. Sevenoaks Town & Weald (Sevenoaks) – 18
9. Faversham East (Swale) – 17
10. Penenden Heath (Maidstone) – 17
COVID-19 infection rates continue to rocket in Kent with the emergence of the new coronavirus strain.
The approval of the Moderna vaccine, which will join the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstaZeneca jabs, provides hope for the future – however the current picture in Kent is bleak.
Dartford and Gravesham have the 16th and 17th highest COVID-19 infection rates in the country.
Ten out of 13 Kent districts rank in the top 100 worst affected areas in England.
Thanet recorded the biggest week-on-week rise, having seen its infection rate increase from 486.2 to 804.7.
Infection rates are surging in every single Kent district, with particularly steep rises also recorded in Dartford, Swale, Gravesham and Medway.
A staggering 16,799 cases were confirmed in the county in a single week, with increasing pressure on Kent hospitals “overwhelmed” by COVID-19 patients.