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Kent’s 220 wards ranked most to least infected as England’s COVID restrictions end

Yesterday (February 24) marked the end of COVID restrictions in England.

Exactly 23 months after Britain entered its first COVID lockdown on March 24, 2020, all mandatory self-isolation rules have been scrapped.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced the news to the public, with only minor COVID adjustments remaining in place.

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Additionally, the £500 isolation payment has been scrapped along with the First Day Sick Pay scheme, meaning the first three days of sick leave will no longer be paid.

Compulsory tests in schools are no longer necessary and compulsory masks have been abolished on public transport.

From April, quarantine will end for people arriving in the UK with COVID, along with the end of free lateral flow testing and COVID passes for venues.

It comes as COVID cases in Kent remain at a relatively high level.

For the seven days to February 18, Tonbridge South & Haysden recorded an infection rate of 804.1 cases per 100,000 people.

However, the success of the vaccine and weaker new virus strains mean that deaths are extremely low compared to the January 2021 peak.

The only significant COVID restriction remaining in place concerns travel rules: people entering the UK will still need to complete a passenger locator form, and people who are not vaccinated will need to take a COVID test before and after arriving in the UK .

The rate of COVID infection per 100,000 people in every ward in Kent

South Tonbridge and Haysden, Tonbridge and Malling – 804.1

Brabourne Lees and North Romney, Ashford – 790.9

Ferndale and Hawkenbury, Tunbridge Wells – 764

Borough Green, Wrotham & Shipbourne, Tonbridge and Malling – 751.8

West Maidstone, Maidstone – 740.9

Tovil, Maidstone – 708.4

Bearsted & Downswood, Maidstone – 701

Cranbrook, Sissinghurst and Frittenden, Tunbridge Wells – 682.7

Pembury and Matfield, Tunbridge Wells – 663.1

Blean Forest, Chartham Hatch and University, Canterbury – 663

Staplehurst, Maidstone – 661.4

Beaver & Singleton, Ashford – 653.1

Langton Green, Speldhurst and Bidborough, Tunbridge Wells – 647.8

Herne Bay Defile, Canterbury – 646.2

Elms Vale & Capel-le-Ferne, Dover – 639.3

East Dover, Dover – 637.3

Nethercourt, Pegwell and Cliffsend, Thanet – 627.8

Bybrook, Orchard Park and Godinton, Ashford – 625.6

Tunbridge Wells Central, Tunbridge Wells – 616.1

Kearsney, River & Whitfield, Dover – 610.1

Tenterden and Rolvenden, Ashford – 602.6

Kemsing and Otford, Sevenoaks – 599.1

Highfield and Willesborough, Ashford – 598.7

Hoath, Hersden and Littlebourne, Canterbury – 591.8

Tonbridge Trench Wood, Tonbridge and Malling – 590.8

Folkestone Morehall & Sandgate, Folkestone & Hythe – 590.5

Larkfield and New Hythe, Tonbridge and Malling – 584.9

Barming, Maidstone – 584

Coward and Coxheath, Maidstone – 583.4

Salmestone, Thanet – 582

Borden and the Meads, Swale – 579.3

Allington, Maidstone – 578.5

Ramslye and Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells – 577.8

Yalding and Farleigh, Maidstone – 577.7

Hildenborough, Tonbridge and Malling – 577.6

Hawkinge, Folkestone and Hythe – 568.8

Kings Hill and Wateringbury, Tonbridge and Malling – 568.3

Rainham North East, Medway – 563.5

Ash & Wingham, Dover – 563.3

High and Sherwood Brooms, Tunbridge Wells – 560.3

West Dover, Dover – 551.7

Penenden Heath, Maidstone – 551.3

Ashford Central, Ashford – 546

East Southborough and Longfield Road, Tunbridge Wells – 540.9

Biddenden, Smarden and High Halden, Ashford – 539.8

Chestfield and South Tankerton, Canterbury – 537.8

Hampton, West End and Swalecliffe, Canterbury – 537.4

Minster & St-Nicholas-at-Wade, Thanet – 530.7

Lympne and Palmarsh, Folkestone and Hythe – 529.6

Chatham Maritime, Medway – 528.7

Knockholt, Shoreham and Dunton Green, Sevenoaks – 527.8

Hadlow and East Peckham, Tonbridge and Malling – 525

Hever, Leigh & Penshurst, Sevenoaks – 523

Sandwich & Eastry, Dover – 522.6

North East Gillingham, Medway – 521.4

North Sevenoaks, Sevenoaks – 521.2

Birchington, Thanet – 517.8

Kingswood, Langley Heath & Chart Sutton, Maidstone – 515.2

New Ash Green, Sevenoaks – 514.5

Canterbury Central & Westgate, Canterbury – 514.1

Ringlestone & Central Maidstone, Maidstone – 513.5

Aylesham & Elvington, Dover – 509.2

Cuxton and Halling, Medway – 508.8

Teynham and Badlesmere, Swale – 508.7

Boxley & Detling, Maidstone – 506

Eythorne & Shepherdswell, Dover – 505.7

Charing, Pluckley & Challock, Ashford – 504

Herne Bay South and Greenhill, Canterbury – 501.7

Canterbury St Stephen’s, Canterbury – 501.6

South Canterbury, Canterbury – 500.5

Tonbridge Higham Wood, Tonbridge and Malling – 498.3

Park Farm, Ashford – 497.7

Dartford Center and West Hill, Dartford – 497.2

Southeast Rochester, Medway – 492.5

Grove Green, Maidstone – 491.5

Buy and sell, Swale – 491.1

West Sevenoaks and Chevening, Sevenoaks – 490.7

Longfield, New Barn and Southfleet, Dartford – 489.1

Westbrook and Garlinge, Thanet – 488.9

Town of Tonbridge, Tonbridge and Malling – 488.4

East Rochester, Medway – 487.9

South Broadstairs, Thanet – 485.8

Cheriton & Horn Street, Folkestone & Hythe – 484.9

West Parkwood, Medway – 483.2

Hamstreet and Oxney Island, Ashford – 479.1

Newington, Halstow and Upchurch, Swale – 478.5

Aylesford, Willham and Blue Bell Hill, Tonbridge and Malling – 477.3

Walmer, Dover – 476.4

Buckland and St Radigunds, Dover – 476.2

Rainham South West, Medway – 475.7

Kennington and Little Burton Farm, Ashford – 475.1

West Faversham, Swale – 473.9

Dymchurch, St Mary’s Bay and Brookland, Folkestone and Hythe – 472.9

South Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells – 472.6

South Strood and Temple Marsh, Medway – 471.2

West Rochester, Medway – 469.7

West Kingsdown, Sevenoaks – 468.5

Deal North & West, Dover – 467.8

Westwood, Northwood and Bromstone, Thanet – 465.4

Parkwood & Senacre, Maidstone – 465.2

Edenbridge, Sevenoaks – 461.8

Herne & Broomfield, Canterbury – 456.7

Hythe, Folkestone and Hythe – 456.4

Town of Sevenoaks and Weald, Sevenoaks – 455.5

East Cliftonville and Kingsgate, Thanet – 455.3

Lydd & Dungeness, Folkestone and Hythe – 453.9

North Strood and Frindsbury, Medway – 451.5

West Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells – 447.7

Sturry and Fordwich, Canterbury – 446.4

Folkestone Harbour, Folkestone and Hythe – 446.2

South Sittingbourne, Bapchild and Bredgar, Swale – 446.1

Hawkhurst, Benenden and Sandhurst, Tunbridge Wells – 446.1

Commune of Rede, Medway – 444.8

Gravesend Town, Gravesham – 443

Margate Town, Thanet – 442.5

South Northfleet, Gravesham – 441.7

East Malling, West Malling and Trottiscliffe, Tonbridge and Malling – 441.3

Whitstable Central and Tankerton, Canterbury – 441.2

East Parkwood, Medway – 440

Stone and Crossways, Dartford – 439.9

Canterbury Barracks, Canterbury – 439.3

Heath, Dartford – 437.5

Paddock Wood & Five Oak Green, Tunbridge Wells – 437

Harrietsham, Hollingbourne and Lenham, Maidstone – 435.4

North Broadstairs, Thanet – 434.7

Folkestone Central, Folkestone and Hythe – 434.4

Loose Valley and Boughton Monchelsea, Maidstone – 431.3

Rainham South East, Medway – 429.9

Setton, Medway – 429.6

Deal East, Dover – 425.5

Sittingbourne West, Swale – 425.1

Wainscott & City Estate, Medway – 424.9

Bridge, Bishopsbourne and Barham, Canterbury – 422.9

Darenth Valley, Sevenoaks – 422.2

West Whitstable, Canterbury – 420.8

Ditton, Tonbridge and Malling – 418.1

Thanington and Chartham, Canterbury – 416.4

Beltinge and Bishopstone, Canterbury – 415.7

Single Well, Gravesham – 414.5

Istead Rise & Meopham, Gravesham – 413.7

Marden, Maidstone – 410.7

Sittingbourne Central and Milton Regis, Swale – 410.4

North East Folkestone, Folkestone and Hythe – 408.4

Large Map, Bethersden & Woodchurch, Ashford – 405.7

West Cliftonville, Thanet – 404

Wye, Chilham and Kennington, Ashford – 403.2

Dane Valley and Northdown Hill, Thanet – 402.1

West Southborough, Tunbridge Wells – 401.6

Ramsgate Ellington, Thanet – 398.5

Cornerstone, Medway – 398.2

New Romney, Folkestone and Hythe – 394.1

Seasalter, Canterbury – 391.8

South Swanley and Crockenhill, Sevenoaks – 391

Walderslade, Medway – 385.8

Newington, Thanet – 385.7

Sole and Vigo Street, Gravesham – 382.4

Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside, Medway – 378.7

Goudhurst, Horsmonden and Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells – 378.4

Folkestone Foord, Folkestone and Hythe – 376.7

Wayfield, Medway – 375.9

Swanley East and Hextable, Sevenoaks – 375.6

Horsted, Medway – 372.9

East Sheppey, Swale – 372.4

North Gillingham, Medway – 372

Ramsgate Harbour, Thanet – 367.2

Washford and Stanhope, Ashford – 366.4

East Faversham, Swale – 363.6

Hoo Peninsula, Medway – 363.6

West Swanley, Sevenoaks – 361

Gillingham Central, Medway – 358.1

Cliffe, Medway – 356.3

South Minster, Swale – 355.3

Temple Hill & Marsh, Dartford – 353.5

Twydall, Medway – 351.1

Lordswood, Medway – 348.5

Mill Hill, Upper Deal and Northbourne, Dover – 348

Snodland, Tonbridge and Malling – 346.7

Perry Street, Gravesham – 345.5

Iwade and Kemsley, Swale – 345.4

Lyminge, Densole and Elham, Folkestone and Hythe – 342.5

West Gate, Thanet – 342

Hoo St Werburgh and High Halstow, Medway – 340.9

East Sittingbourne, Swale – 338.9

Westerham & Brasted, Sevenoaks – 337.4

South East Chatham, Medway – 337

Saltwood, Seabrook and Etchinghill, Folkestone and Hythe – 336.6

Dumpton, Thanet – 332.8

Kingsdown and St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe, Dover – 328.3

Rainham North West, Medway – 326.1

East Gillingham, Medway – 325.2

South East Gillingham, Medway – 319.8

Bean, Darenth & Sutton at Hone, Dartford – 309.6

Windmill Hill, Gravesham – 308.9

Southwest Rochester, Medway – 307.5

Hartley and Hodsoll Street, Sevenoaks – 306.4

Queenborough, Swale – 300.8

Higham and Shorene, Gravesham – 300.3

West Sheerness, Swale – 295.3

Swanscombe, Dartford – 289.1

South Gillingham, Medway – 288.5

Broomhill, Medway – 284.5

Northfleet North, Gravesham – 283.8

Newtown, Dartford – 282.7

Wilmington and Hawley, Dartford – 277.6

Mote Park, Maidstone – 269.2

Westcourt, Graveham – 262.8

Brent & Fleet Estate, Dartford – 262.2

South Gravesend and Coldharbour, Gravesham – 260.3

Hempstead and Wigmore, Medway – 257.5

Estate of Trees, Dartford – 256.9

Headcorn & Sutton Valencia, Maidstone – 254.2

Canterbury Wincheap, Canterbury – 252

Ebbsfleet & Greenhithe, Dartford – 250.7

Riverview Park, Gravesham – 243.8

Luton, Medway – 240.4

Joydens Wood, Dartford – 240.1

Milton & Chalk, Gravesham – 220.2

North Minster, Swale – 186.7

Chatham South West, Medway – 162.5

East Sheerness, Swale – 119