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LATEST: COVID-19 rate in Maidstone keeps on rising

Tuesday 1st December 2020

Today’s Kent County Council infection figures show the Covid 19 rate in Maidstone is still rising steadily and has now hit 322.4 per 100,000 population. 

This means more than 550 residents have caught the virus in the last seven days.

Kent has now become a hot spot for the virus in England with an infection rate of 279.4 per 100,000 and has been placed by Government in the highest restrictions tier of three.  The England rate is falling and is now 155.8.

Neighbouring areas to Maidstone today show these rates:

Ashford                             157.7 (rising)

Swale                                553.0 (falling but highest in England)

Tonbridge/Malling            212.6 (rising)

Tunbridge Wells               79.5  (rise on yesterday)

Medway                            479.2 (rising)

The Downs Mail has pressed both Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group and Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells hospital trust for figures for Covid hospital admissions and Covid related deaths so that readers are aware and encouraged to continue to take preventive measures. 

Currently only South East Region figures have been provided and Downs Mail has protested that these are largely meaningless to the local population and is pressing for local figures.

Maidstone Hospital is under pressure.  It is severely restricting visitors and it is reported that five of 20 operating theatres are closed because staff are required in Covid wards.