Coronavirus infection rates are continuing to fall in a number of areas of Kent.

Infections in the second wave peaked at the beginning of 2021 and have been falling significantly since as lockdown restrictions and vaccinations start to take effect.

Despite the encouragement, there are two districts where infection rates that have crept up ever so slightly.

Further to that, there are still 30 neighbourhoods in Kent with infection rates above 100 per 100,000.

That means that one in every 1,000 people in the neighbourhood tested positive for COVID-19 in the seven days prior to January 21.

The data, provided on the government dashboard also reveals that two neighbourhoods in Kent have infection rates above 200.

The sandwich neighbourhood of Eythorne is the worst hit it in Kent
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Eythorne and Shepherdswell in the Dover district is currently the worst hit neighbourhood with an infection rate of 221.1 per 100,000, up nearly 300 per cent from the week before.

Salmestone in Thanet is the other neighbourhood with alarmingly high rates.

The data shows the area had a rate of 210.8 per 100,000 people with 17 cases in the last seven days.

Last week, Director of Public Health at Kent County Council warned people in Kent that there is still a ‘long way to go’

He said: ““It feels like we are in a much better position but I would say that rates across Kent and Medway are still relatively high, we are talking about 80 cases per 100,000.

We still have a way to go before we are really confident that we are over the worst of it and we have got case rates down to where they were in July and August.”

You can view the 30 most infected neighbourhoods below

The worst hit neighbourhoods in Kent

Eythorne and Shepherdswell: 221.1 per 100,000

Salmestone: 210.8 per 100,000

Wainscott and City Estate: 190.3 per 100,000

Chatham South East: 184.4 per 100,000

Lordswood: 166.5 per 100,000

Salmestone is one of the worst hit neighbourhoods in Kent
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Loose and Coxheath: 163.2 per 100,000

Elms Vale and Capel le ferne: 163.1 per 100,000

Gravesend South and Coldharbour: 145.8 per 100,000

Nethercourt, Pegwell and Cliffsend: 144.8 per 100,000

Tovil: 138.9 per 100,000

Sheppey East: 138.6 per 100,000

Kennington and Little Burton Farm: 133.7 per 100,000

Gravesend Town: 129.1 per 100,000

Newington: 123.6 per 100,000

Bridge, Bishopsbourne and Barham: 126.1 per 100,000

Wayfield: 125.0 per 100,000

Temple Hill and Marshes: 124.7 per 100,000

Parkwood West: 123.5 per 100,000

Cheriton and Horn Street: 123.1 per 100,000

Newington, Halstow and Upchurch: 122.5 per 100,000

Minster and St Nicholas at Wade: 118.6 per 100,000

Gravesend South is also badly hit
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Gillingham Central: 115.8 per 100,000

Ramsgate Harbour: 114.0 per 100,000

Rainham North East: 111.1 per 100,000

Perry Street: 110.7 per 100,000

Ramsgate Ellington: 109.4 per 100,000

Luton: 107.3 per 100,000

Cliffe: 107.3 per 100,000

Stone and Crossways: 106.3 per 100,000

Milton and Chalk: 102.7 per 100,000

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