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Public Health England have released the latest figures for coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Maidstone showing how many people per 100,000 have tested positive for coronavirus in the week leading up to 27 October.

The data showed that 90.2 people had tested positive for COVID19 which was up from 76.8 positive tests the previous week.

The figures for Kent show that 1,314 people have had a positive test result in the recent seven day period – a rate of 83.1 per 100,000.

This rate is much lower than the average for England which is currently 224.9 positive test results per 100,000 people.

With the rate increasing week on week, it may not be long until Maidstone is moved from Tier 1 – medium alert to Tier 2: High Alert.

However, it is thought the UK Government are considering introducing another nationwide lockdown which could come into effect as early as next week effecting the country as a whole, including Maidstone.

What it means
Tier 1: Medium Alert

  • The “rule of six” applies, meaning socialising in groups of more than six people is prohibited, whether indoors or outdoors.
  • Tradespeople can continue to go into a household for work and are not counted as being part of the six-person limit.
  • Businesses and venues can continue to operate but pubs and restaurants must ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am.
  • Takeaway food can continue to be sold after 10pm if ordered by phone or online.
  • Schools and universities remain open.
  • Places of worship remain open but people must not mingle in groups of more than six.
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of people who can attend (15 and 30 respectively).
  • Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, and – if the rule of six is followed – indoors.

The Covid-19 NHS Test and Trace app available in England and Wales is the fastest way of knowing when you’re at risk from coronavirus. Download now from Google Play and the Apple App stores. Find out more at https://covid19.nhs.uk

You can find information on the app, how to get tested and self-isolate if you have symptoms, and how to play your part to help protect those at risk of experiencing severe symptoms, at www.kent.gov.uk/protectkent