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The £60m cost of Covid

The £60m cost of Covid

The cost of Covid-19 is set to soar to almost £60 million with discussions due to be held about how it will affect taxpayers and council services.

Crucial 'R' infection rate revealed

Crucial 'R' infection rate revealed

The crucial 'R number' infection rate for Kent has been revealed.

Pub openings is 'recipe for disaster'

Pub openings is 'recipe for disaster'

A behavioural scientist believes social distancing during Saturday's re-openings will be 'impossible'.

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Health boss plays down virus spike concerns

Health boss plays down virus spike concerns

A health boss has spoken out against rumours that an area could see a large spike in cases.

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MP fears beach 'morons' will spark second lockdown

MP fears beach 'morons' will spark second lockdown

A "moronic minority" of beachgoers risk a second Covid-19 lockdown being enforced, according to a worried MP.

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Parents fined for school absence next term

Parents fined for school absence next term

The government has been criticised after saying parents will be fined for school non-attendance from September.

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'Local lockdown would be catastrophic'

'Local lockdown would be catastrophic'

People living in a town with the second highest coronavirus infection rate in the country are being asked to 'be sensible' this weekend.

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Hospice reopens stores to raise vital cash

Hospice reopens stores to raise vital cash

Vital funds for a hospice charity can be raised again with the reopening of four shops after a long 13 weeks of closure.

Coastguard busier than ever despite virus fears

Coastguard busier than ever despite virus fears

A Kent Coastguard unit has reported one of its busiest-ever fortnights of rescues as people have flocked to beaches despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

'Insulting and confusing' - the businesses still in lockdown

'Insulting and confusing' - the businesses still in lockdown

As trades like pubs and restaurants prepare to reopen, other businesses have been left in the dark by the government about when they can do the same.

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Two care homes lose £120k during Covid-19 crisis

Two care homes lose £120k during Covid-19 crisis

Bosses of two care homes are £120,000 out of pocket due to the coronavirus crisis – and expect the sum to more than double over the next six months.

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Video shows train rammed with beachgoers amid lockdown

Video shows train rammed with beachgoers amid lockdown

Alarming footage shows a train packed full of people during the heatwave - with many neglecting to wear face masks and failing to socially distance.

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University staff face 20% pay cut

University staff face 20% pay cut

Universities are proposing drastic cuts to salaries and a year-long pay freeze as they deal with the financial fall-out of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Shock as thousands pack onto beach despite lockdown

Shock as thousands pack onto beach despite lockdown

Alarming photos show huge numbers of people packed onto a Kent beach as the lockdown heatwave continues.

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'Save our big cat sanctuary' plea after open days cancelled

'Save our big cat sanctuary' plea after open days cancelled

A big cat sanctuary which cares for more than 50 animals has been forced to cancel its biggest annual fundraiser due to Covid-19.

School closed as staff member tests positive for Covid-19

School closed as staff member tests positive for Covid-19

A primary school has closed until further notice after a member of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

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Therapist thanks key workers by topping up treatment vouchers

Therapist thanks key workers by topping up treatment vouchers

A therapist has topped up the value of any vouchers bought for key workers during lockdown as a gesture of thanks for their efforts.

Cautious optimism from landlords as Towns' pubs can reopen

Cautious optimism from landlords as Towns' pubs can reopen

Landlords have reacted in reserved fashion after the government eased lockdown allowing pubs to reopen questioning if they will make enough money.

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