Active coronavirus cases have shot up in every part of Kent according to new data – Kent Live



The amount of active coronavirus cases has shot up in every single part of Kent, according to new data.

Fresh figures from the COVID Symptom Study app show that across the county the amount of people exhibiting symptoms rose by an average of 38 per cent between September 18 and September 26.

The area that saw the greatest rise in the week-long period was Dover, with 56 per cent more active cases than last Friday.

Medway, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells and Thanet all also saw spikes of more than 40 per cent when comparing the data.

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Medway had the most active coronavirus cases according to the app, with 218. This was followed by Maidstone (153) and Canterbury (148).

Scroll down to see the data for the county in full.

The study estimates there are currently 16,130 daily new symptomatic cases of COVID in the UK on average over the two weeks up to September 20 (excluding care homes).

It says the number of daily new cases continues to climb nationally, with the highest numbers still in the north of England and the midlands with London playing catch up.

The latest figures were based on the data from 6,847 swab tests done between September 7 to September 20.

Developed by healthcare science company, ZOE, the COVID Symptom Study app has now been downloaded by over four million people in the UK.

September 26

Number of estimated active cases (with the number of active cases per million in brackets):

Swale : 105(1130)

Thanet: 117(1285)

Dover : 97 (1221)

Tunbridge Wells: 134 (1381)

Maidstone : 153 (1282)

Ashford: 129 (1483)

Gravesham: 77 (1244)
Canterbury : 148 (1170)

Sevenoaks: 109(1147)

Tonbridge and Malling: 129 (1262)
Dartford 90 (1223)

Medway: 218 (1387)

Folkestone and Hythe: 87 (1129)

September 18

Number of estimated active cases (with the number of active cases per million in brackets):

Swale : 80 (865)

Thanet: 65 (737)

Dover : 43 (561)

Tunbridge Wells: 77 (811)

Maidstone : 88 (742)

Ashford: 63 (736)

Gravesham: 52 (862)
Canterbury : 98 (798)

Sevenoaks: 79 (830)

Tonbridge and Malling: 83 (801)
Dartford 58 (784)

Medway: 118 (765)

Folkestone and Hythe: 65(833)

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The national picture

The latest prevalence figures estimate that 147,498 people currently have symptomatic COVID in the UK, this figure has more than doubled since last week (69,686), for the second week in a row.

This figure does not include long term COVID sufferers. Worryingly, in the north west, numbers have tripled in the last seven days from 12,544 to 36,316 estimated cases. In the north east and Yorkshire numbers have more than doubled from 12,916 to 27,731. This doubling of cases is also seen in London where cases have gone from 9,291 to 18,200 a significant jump in numbers.

The COVID Symptom Study app’s Watch List this week has been extended to include 25 regions of the UK.

All 25 regions have seen a huge increase in the number of COVID cases, meaning that all areas are of concern with many like Manchester and Glasgow affecting 1 per cent of the population.

Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, comments: “The number of cases in the UK continues to rise at an alarming rate as we are seeing figures doubling weekly across the country, in particular we are worried about places like London and other major cities like Manchester, Belfast and Glasgow where cases are surging and the R value is around 1.4.

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“The government has confirmed that our data from our loyal app users is playing a critical role and currently providing the most up-to-date figures. This is down to the way our app works, as a survey with millions of data points, we are able to produce data approximately three days ahead of the ONS’s household survey.

“We also have a greater number of positive swab tests, 151 positive tests in two weeks, around three times more than the ONS survey. Having more positive swab tests and millions of people logging in everyday builds a clearer picture of what is happening in the different regions.

“We need as many people as possible logging in the app right now, the more we have the better our data will be. We are urging people who want to help us track the progress of this second wave to download the app and log for themselves and their families.”