Hospitals in East Kent have highest coronavirus death rate in England

Health officials have attributed the blame to a 'second peak' in May. Credit: ITV News Meridian

Hospitals across east Kent have the highest pandemic death rate in England. 

The East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has reported 21 coronavirus-related deaths in 7 days, almost twice the rate of any other trust in the country.

Health officials have attributed the blame to a 'second peak' in May.

They say the area has an older than average population that is at greater risk from Covid-19.

The trust runs Buckland Hospital in Dover, Kent and Canterbury Hospital in Canterbury, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, and William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.

The trust says the area has an older population that it at greater risk of Covid-19. Credit: ITV News Meridian

The trust went on to say that the highest number of Covid-19 patients are being treated at William Harvey Hospital, but the overall number of coronavirus patients is coming down.

Meanwhile the Medway towns could be forced into a local lockdown just like Leicester after a sharp rise in cases of coronavirus in June.