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Health planners warned in 2016 about PPE shortage

Health planners warned in 2016 about PPE shortage

Health planners were warned in October 2016 about PPE shortages and were told a pandemic posed a "significant threat" to Kent.

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Tips for dog owners adapting to life after lockdown

Tips for dog owners adapting to life after lockdown

A charity has shared some tips on how to prevent abandonment issues in pets as their owners return to work after lockdown.

Dockyard and dance company's £33m grant boost

Dockyard and dance company's £33m grant boost

Two art organisations in Kent will receive a share of £33million emergency Covid-19 grant funding, announced today by Arts Council England.

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Virus fight milestone as weekly deaths fall to 0

Virus fight milestone as weekly deaths fall to 0

Two areas of Kent have reported no new coronavirus deaths in an entire week for the first time.

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Don't fear visit to GP

Don't fear visit to GP

A GP is urging people not to delay a call to their surgery if they have any concerns about their health.

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Hundreds flock to food bank as virus magnifies poverty

Hundreds flock to food bank as virus magnifies poverty

A food bank had its busiest month ever, feeding nearly 1,000 people struggling to buy food to feed themselves and their families.

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PM comments 'a slap in the face'

PM comments 'a slap in the face'

There are calls for Boris Johnson to apologise for comments he made about care homes.

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'I arrived as pandemic was peaking and volunteers fled'

'I arrived as pandemic was peaking and volunteers fled'

As Covid-19 cases soared and volunteers left Calais “en masse”, a 21-year-old woman from Kent was just on her way to the migrant camps...

Pubs open again on 'Super Saturday'

Pubs open again on 'Super Saturday'

The first thirsty customers have been welcomed back for a cold drink – here's what you can (and can't) expect as restrictions are lifted.

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Why have Covid-19 cases jumped by 2,000 in a day?

Why have Covid-19 cases jumped by 2,000 in a day?

Cases of coronavirus in Kent have jumped by 2,000 in a day - a rise of almost a third - here's why.

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Number who became British in Kent last year revealed

Number who became British in Kent last year revealed

With the number of people gaining British citizenship slowly growing, many applicants this year feel left in limbo due to lockdown.

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Clap for Carers returns for NHS' birthday

Clap for Carers returns for NHS' birthday

Clap for Carers is set to return this week to celebrate the 72nd birthday of the NHS - but will you be taking part?

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'Are they waiting for people to get sick?'

'Are they waiting for people to get sick?'

Residents have spoken out after fears overflowing communal bins could spread disease and even coronavirus.

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Kent won't have a local lockdown

Kent won't have a local lockdown

The county's health bosses have said residents won't be placed under restrictions as they urge the public to behave as pubs and businesses reopen.

Soft play centre won't reopen after lockdown

Soft play centre won't reopen after lockdown

A hugely popular soft play centre has announced its closure - adding social distancing is "pretty much impossible" for children at such attractions.

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True level of county's new Covid-19 cases revealed

True level of county's new Covid-19 cases revealed

New coronavirus cases in Kent and Medway are far below the 'at risk' level, new data shows.

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'Idiot' ravers branded 'totally irresponsible'

'Idiot' ravers branded 'totally irresponsible'

A community has reacted angrily after a 200-strong rave took place illegally in woodland as rubbish and beer bottles were left strewn everywhere.

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Covid-19 could leave councils £245m short

Covid-19 could leave councils £245m short

Calls have been made to the government to help fill a £245m deficit across 14 councils in the county.

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