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Dad struck down by rare illness after Covid

Dad struck down by rare illness after Covid

A "fit and healthy" man was left totally paralysed and unable to breathe after being struck down by a rare illness after he contracted Covid.

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Could Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 cause another Covid-19 surge?

Could Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 cause another Covid-19 surge?

Two new Omicron strains are causing a rise in Covid-19 cases in South Africa and UK health officials are watching closely.

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Omicron XE is being watched by scientists as cases double

Omicron XE is being watched by scientists as cases double

Cases of new Covid-19 variant Omicron XE have doubled in a fortnight with most in the south and east of England, but is this sharp rise a concern?

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Kent neighbourhood has highest Covid rate in England

Kent neighbourhood has highest Covid rate in England

Covid cases are continuing to fall across the county - but one area of Kent has recorded the highest infection rate in England.

Kent Covid patients at highest level for 14 months

Kent Covid patients at highest level for 14 months

An NHS leader says people should be encouraged to wear face masks as the number of Covid patients in Kent's hospitals more than doubles in a month.

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'Anti-Covid pill helped me within hours'

'Anti-Covid pill helped me within hours'

A Kent woman is among the patients who have received a cutting-edge Covid-19 antiviral treatment at home.

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Car park to reopen as test site dismantled

Car park to reopen as test site dismantled

A car park used as a drive-through Covid-19 testing unit will soon reopen to the public as the facility is taken down.

Covid jabs for children aged five to 11 to start next week

Covid jabs for children aged five to 11 to start next week

Covid-19 vaccine appointments are to be available to all children from Saturday as the national roll-out extends to youngsters next week.

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Met Police officer headbutted bar manager

Met Police officer headbutted bar manager

A serving Met Police officer from Kent has received a suspended prison sentence after headbutting a bar manager in London.

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Who will still get free Covid tests after Friday?

Who will still get free Covid tests after Friday?

Covid cases are surging but access to free lateral flow tests is being scaled back from this Friday.

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Covid rates jump above national average in most Kent districts

Covid rates jump above national average in most Kent districts

Rates of Covid infection have gone above the national average in all but two of Kent's districts, amid a big rise in new cases.

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'The current economic crisis is a bigger worry to us than Covid'

'The current economic crisis is a bigger worry to us than Covid'

Exactly two years on since the start of the first lockdown, we revisit a Kent high street to find out how it's fared and what the future holds.

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Spike in Kent Covid patients as new cases soar

Spike in Kent Covid patients as new cases soar

Covid patient numbers in Kent have risen by almost 30% in a week as new cases continue to soar across the county.

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Covid travel restrictions no longer in place from today

Covid travel restrictions no longer in place from today

Despite a rapid rise in coronavirus cases the UK's international travel restrictions are being dropped.

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'Cases are rising fast - but we have to learn to live with virus'

'Cases are rising fast - but we have to learn to live with virus'

Covid cases have risen by nearly 80% in Kent in the past week - but many feel it is time to 'get on with life and stop living in fear'.

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What is Deltacron and how fast is it spreading?

What is Deltacron and how fast is it spreading?

Covid cases are rising rapidly again and among them may be a new variant - but what is Deltacron, where is it and how worried should we be?

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The Kent district where Covid cases are up 70% in a week

The Kent district where Covid cases are up 70% in a week

Infections are on the rise again across the county - but do we need to worry?

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Covid cases second highest ever as rates rise in over 55s

Covid cases second highest ever as rates rise in over 55s

Covid cases are rising in people aged 55 and over, with the latest React virus study picking up it's second highest prevalence rate since 2020.

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