That corona virus The pandemic in Kent may have passed its initial peak, new figures show.
As locking restrictions seem to be relaxed starting Sunday, the number of people dying in this county every day from Covid-19 continues to fall.
The confirmed cases have also dropped significantly, signifying changes seen when fighting a deadly virus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last week Britain “crossed the peak” of the virus outbreak, but stressed the country must not “risk a second spike”.
The death toll in Britain has risen above 30,000 – the highest in Europe.
In Kent at least 828 have lost their lives, with that number going up when the death rate outside the hospital in the last two weeks was released.
But data analysis by KentOnline shows that the peak of the virus – in terms of deaths and confirmed cases – has passed.
In the week leading up to April 10, a total of 231 people died in Kent, with 35 tragically losing their lives in one of the deadliest days at the county hospital.
But in the two weeks after that, the weekly death rate fell to 208, and then again to 171.
At the same time, the number of people in Kent who were positive using Covid-19 fell from a peak of 207 days on April 17 to less than 40 a day last week.
Figures in Kent largely follow the trends seen in the UK, which will likely inform every decision taken about how lock restrictions can be reduced.
The Prime Minister is set to review social distance measures today, but is not expected uncovering plans for a “road map” from being locked until Sunday.
It is estimated that he will establish a “choice menu” of how this can be achieved, with the reopening of schools and businesses which is likely to be one of the most pressing problems.
On Sunday, cabinet minister Michael Gove warned that people have to live with “some restrictions” until they can be immunized against the deadly disease.
On the same day a contact tracking application was announced – warning people when they made contact with someone who had symptoms of coronavirus – would tested on the Isle of Wight this week.
The number of people who died from Covid-19 at Kent hospital is likely to drop below 10 a day for the first time since the end of March.
The latest figures show that the continuous decline in deaths seen recently in the four district trust hospitals continues.
At its peak, the daily death rate reached 35 on April 7, with 172 people losing their lives in a week.
This number dropped to 126 on April 17 and then to 95 a week later, with figures stating it would drop below 70 on May 1.
Eleven new deaths were recorded by the NHS England yesterday, increasing the total in Kent hospitals to 587.
The third has been reported by the East Kent trust, which runs acute hospitals in Ashford, Canterbury and Margate.
March 2 the first case of coronavirus confirmed in Kent, with more than 4,000 people in the area positive.
But figures released by Public Health England (PHE) show that the peak of the case has now passed.
At the beginning of last month, the numbers that were stated positive every day jumped to 207 on April 17 – a record high.
But in the following week, the average daily total dropped to 143, before falling again to 114 and then to 36 on May 1.
A total of 4,565 people are now tested positive for Covid-19 in the county – 654 in Medway.
More than one in five deaths from Covid-19 in Kent occurred in a nursing home.
The latest figures reveal that 164 people died of coronavirus until April 24 while living in such facilities throughout the region.
Most have been recorded in Thanet, with 25 people dying in nursing homes accounting for a third of those who died from Covid-19 in the district.
There is a real difference in Kent in the proportion of deaths due to corona virus that occur in nursing homes.
They accounted for less than 10% of deaths in Gravesham, and Folkestone and Hythe, but in Tunbridge Wells this figure rose to 41%.
While care at death homes in Kent continues to increase, the rate at which they can fall is in line with those at the hospital.
In the week to April 24, there were 48 deaths registered in nursing homes – down from 66 the previous week.
WORST HIT AREA
More people from Medway died of Covid-19 than any other Kent region – but neighboring regions had the highest mortality rates in the district.
At least 113 City residents lost their lives due to the virus before April 24 – more than a third higher than the next worst affected.
But the numbers are not surprising considering that nearly 300,000 people live there, with five other areas in Kent actually having more deaths per percentage of their population.
The hardest hit was Dartford, which witnessed the death of 69 residents in the same period – a figure of 62.9 per 100,000 people.
The lowest number of deaths was recorded in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge and Malling, both of which lost 29 residents.
The latter also has the lowest death rate, with 22.2 deaths per 100,000 people.
Divided further geographically, Cliftonville West in Thanet has the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in the county, with 13 people losing their lives before April 17.
Local residents suggest people routinely violating lock restrictions are a factor.
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