The coronavirus infection rate among over 60s in each Kent district ahead of Tier 3 review – Kent Live

Six of the worst 12 coronavirus infection rates in the country for people aged over 60 are places in Kent – a potentially damning blow to the county’s chances of being taken out of Tier 3.

Medway currently has the worst infection rate among its elderly population in England by some distance, with 327 people aged over-60 testing positive for COVID-19 in the last recorded week.

Swale (fifth), Gravesham (sixth), and Canterbury (seventh) are also among England’s worst 10 rates out of some 315 areas. Dover and Folkestone are ranked 11th and 12th.

Thanet is doing surprisingly well containing infection among its younger population, ranked tenth of 13 areas in Kent among that age group.

Infection rates among the over 60s are a key test of an area’s handling of the virus – and one of five criteria Government looks at when deciding Tier allocations for each area.

This is because the virus is spreading in older people it leads to more hospital admissions and therefore pressure on the NHS, as well as more fatalities.

The government’s recent coronavirus impact assessment said: “As with many other diseases, COVID-19 has a more severe impact on vulnerable groups, including older people.

“Allowing the virus to grow exponentially would lead to impacts, in terms of loss of life and ill health, that would be considered intolerable for society.”

The Government is due to review Tier allocations for the first time tomorrow (December 16), two weeks after the end of the national lockdown on December 2.

Yesterday (December 14) Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced London, Hertfordshire and parts of Essex would be placed into Tier 3 two days early as coronavirus cases surged.

It is understood Kent will be allocated its Tier as a whole county because it shares hospital capacity, with west and east Kent hospitals already under pressure having taken patients from the north of the county.

Sometimes a place with record high cases will not be placed under Tier 3 because figures show it is mostly young people testing positive, who don’t typically get seriously unwell.

But once the virus starts spilling out to grandparents or care home residents, it becomes a bigger threat.

Below is a breakdown of total cases and for those aged over 60 in the last recorded week, between December 3 and December 9, as well as the latest infection rate among over-60s as of December 9, expressed per 100,000 people.

Area Total COVID-19 cases Over 60s cases Over 60s infection rate
1. Medway 1,724 327 548
2. Swale 966 135 359.1
3. Gravesham 511 80 329.3
4. Canterbury 784 137 317.2
5. Dover 613 105 291.4
6. Folkestone & Hythe 466 102 288.1
7. Maidstone 854 113 265.6
8. Tunbridge Wells 301 73 245.9
9. Ashford 591 77 237.6
10. Thanet 598 101 235.8
11. Tonbridge & Malling 500 63 195.1
12. Dartford 397 40 189.6
13. Sevenoaks 215 29 87.6

England’s worst infection rates among over 60s

Area Over 60s infection rate
1. Medway 548
2. Lincoln 483.9
3. Oadby & Wigston 401.5
4. Boston 479.7
5. Swale 359.1
6. Gravesham 329.3
7. Canterbury 317.2
8. Stoke-on-Trent 308.1
9. Hastings 301.4
10. Havering 300.5
11. Dover 291.4
12. Folkestone 288.1