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Kent Covid rates approach 10-month high as cases soar

Kent Covid rates approach 10-month high as cases soar

New Covid cases are rising rapidly across Kent as the county's infection rate soars above the national average.

A&E 'like warzone' as 158 left waiting 12 hours

A&E 'like warzone' as 158 left waiting 12 hours

EXCLUSIVE: More than 150 people were left waiting 12 hours in A&E last month – as a Kent hospital trust comes under increasing pressure.

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Man accused of causing vaccine factory bomb scare

Man accused of causing vaccine factory bomb scare

A 53-year-old Kent man has gone on trial after a suspicious package was sent to a Covid-19 vaccine plant in Wrexham.

Calls for radical changes to improve access to GPs

Calls for radical changes to improve access to GPs

Patients are continuing to face problems booking a GP appointment and there have been calls for urgent action to be taken to improve the situation.

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Kent Covid patient numbers fall for first time in five weeks

Kent Covid patient numbers fall for first time in five weeks

The number of people with Covid in Kent's hospitals has fallen, and so too has the virus' infection rate.

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'Covid in Kent has not gone away'

'Covid in Kent has not gone away'

People are being urged to book their booster jabs as hospital admissions rise in the county.

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Concerns NHS worker died after catching Covid at hospital

Concerns NHS worker died after catching Covid at hospital

An inquest has been held into the death of a hospital worker who died last Christmas after catching Covid-19.

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Care home staff must be vaccinated from today

Care home staff must be vaccinated from today

Care home staff must be fully vaccinated from today, with the issue splitting opinion and threatening to cause a staffing crisis.

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Covid patients at highest level since March

Covid patients at highest level since March

The number of Covid patients at Kent's largest hospitals trust is at its highest level since March.

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'A bloke on the bus was saying Covid was rubbish – I wanted to punch his lights out'

'A bloke on the bus was saying Covid was rubbish – I wanted to punch his lights out'

KentOnline took to the streets in one of the least vaccinated parts of Kent to hear how – and why – the Covid jab is still dividing opinion.

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Islanders face 128-mile journey for Covid jab

Islanders face 128-mile journey for Covid jab

People in part of Kent wanting a booster jab have found 'the only way is Essex' as the 'nearest' bookable clinic is a three-hour drive away.

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Covid testing centre hours slashed despite rising infection rate

Covid testing centre hours slashed despite rising infection rate

Opening hours have been reduced at Covid testing sites despite soaring infection rates, sparking an outcry from staff.

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The three Kent neighbourhoods with 40% not jabbed

The three Kent neighbourhoods with 40% not jabbed

Latest figures show there are still some parts of the county where four in 10 people have not had the Covid vaccine.

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Kent Covid patients hit highest level for seven months

Kent Covid patients hit highest level for seven months

The number of people with Covid in the county's hospitals is at its highest level since March - as Kent's infection rate hits a nine-month peak.

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Kent Covid patients up 43% - but 'NHS will cope this Christmas'

Kent Covid patients up 43% - but 'NHS will cope this Christmas'

The number of hospital patients with Covid in Kent is up 43% in a week, but government advisers are confident the NHS will not be overwhelmed.

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The Kent neighbourhoods bucking the rising Covid trend

The Kent neighbourhoods bucking the rising Covid trend

As Covid-19 infections continue to rise amid calls for tighter restrictions, some neighbourhoods in the county are showing more hopeful signs.

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School children make up half of surging Covid infections

School children make up half of surging Covid infections

School children make up almost half of new Covid cases in Kent as the government faces increasing pressure to introduce restrictions.

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New Delta variant under close watch as cases rise

New Delta variant under close watch as cases rise

Cases of new variant AY4.2 are rising rapidly in England but what do we know already about the new Delta strain?

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