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71 Covid care home beds will be ready for winter

71 Covid care home beds will be ready for winter

To help ease pressure on hospitals, 71 Covid care home beds will be made available for people coming out of hospital.

Covid-hit primary could stay shut until new year

Covid-hit primary could stay shut until new year

A primary school has closed after a spike in coronavirus cases - and it could stay shut until after Christmas.

Trial for asymptomatic rapid Covid testing

Trial for asymptomatic rapid Covid testing

A pilot scheme for a new widespread rapid testing programme for critical workers not showing Covid-19 symptoms is to go on trial.

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'We need military help with Covid testing'

'We need military help with Covid testing'

Councillors are calling on the military to help with mass coronavirus testing in the county.

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Mutinous mood among Tory MPs

Mutinous mood among Tory MPs

Boris Johnson is facing anger from Kent MPs as his government places county in Tier 3.

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Fears over care home workers 'mixing during Christmas'

Fears over care home workers 'mixing during Christmas'

A Kent care home boss says her staff will be "sensible" over the Christmas holidays as they seek to protect vulnerable residents from coronavirus.

Should schools shut a week early to 'save Christmas'?

Should schools shut a week early to 'save Christmas'?

Head teachers have had their say on whether schools will stay open until the end of term - amid parents' fears of children isolating over Christmas.

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Family tells of devastating impact vicious attack had on student

Family tells of devastating impact vicious attack had on student

The family of a German student left unable to speak after a vicious attack has thanked the police for their work in securing justice.

MPs to meet health sec over Tier restrictions

MPs to meet health sec over Tier restrictions

Countywide restrictions have sparked anger across Kent and now MPs are calling on Matt Hancock for evidence to support the decision.

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Local test and trace system set to launch

Local test and trace system set to launch

A Kent test and trace scheme is being launched tomorrow to help locate people who have tested positive for Covid-19.

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16 school closures reported to council

16 school closures reported to council

More than a dozen schools in the county have closed after reporting 225 cases of coronavirus to the council.

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Tier 3: Your questions answered

Tier 3: Your questions answered

We have answered some of the questions you may have about Kent's new Tier 3 status.

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Why is Kent in Tier 3 and what got us here?

Why is Kent in Tier 3 and what got us here?

Kent has the dubious title of having the first and second worst boroughs for Covid in England - here's why the county is in Tier 3.

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Cathedral’s treatment of zero-hours staff ‘not very Christian’

Cathedral’s treatment of zero-hours staff ‘not very Christian’

Canterbury Cathedral has been accused of acting in an un-Christian way by showing the door to several workers on zero-hours contracts.

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Kent will be in Tier 3

Kent will be in Tier 3

Kent will exit Lockdown 2 next week in Tier 3, as infection rates in parts of the county are among the worst in England.

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Rapid tests for students heading home for Christmas

Rapid tests for students heading home for Christmas

Students showing no signs of coronavirus will be able to get tested at Kent universities from next week in an effort to get them home for Christmas.

Class bubble isolated after positive Covid-19 case

Class bubble isolated after positive Covid-19 case

An academy has sent a Year 5 class home after someone tested positive for coronavirus.

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Firms in worst-hit borough face uncertainty

Firms in worst-hit borough face uncertainty

Businesses in Swale are facing more uncertainty as the borough still has highest coronavirus infection rate in England.

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