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More symptom-free test sites to open

More symptom-free test sites to open

Five more sites are to open across the county as health authorities try to isolate the asymptomatic spreaders of Covid-19.

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Politicians divided over border closure

Politicians divided over border closure

There has been a difference of opinion at County Hall over the decision to shut the French border with the UK which saw lorries stranded on the M20.

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Huge call centre for sale as hundreds move to permanent home working

Huge call centre for sale as hundreds move to permanent home working

A huge call centre building, once used by 600 Saga Holidays staff, is being shut and sold as employees start working from home permanently.

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'I doubted Covid was real...then it almost killed me'

'I doubted Covid was real...then it almost killed me'

A mum left paralysed by Covid has made a desperate appeal for people to take the virus seriously after she was left in a coma and almost died.

Ten new Covid-19 test centres to open

Ten new Covid-19 test centres to open

Another 10 symptom-free coronavirus testing sites are set to open in Kent this month.

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Bodies now need to be stored in temporary morgue

Bodies now need to be stored in temporary morgue

A temporary morgue, built by a council, has re-opened as mortuary space runs out.

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Start date confirmed for town's vaccine roll-out

Start date confirmed for town's vaccine roll-out

The start date for the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations in a part of Kent that has had high infection rates for weeks has now been confirmed.

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20,000 children in school during lockdown

20,000 children in school during lockdown

Schools across the county have seen a huge increase in the number of pupils attending despite new lockdown measures.

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‘He went to bed with Covid and never woke up’

‘He went to bed with Covid and never woke up’

A woman whose beloved dad died with Covid-19 just weeks after she gave birth to her first daughter is pleading with people to follow lockdown rules.

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Lockdown-hit charity's fears for animals

Lockdown-hit charity's fears for animals

An animal rescue charity is pleading for support as it battles a drop in help due to the lockdown.

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The Kent towns where Covid was spreading fastest after Christmas

The Kent towns where Covid was spreading fastest after Christmas

One in 30 people were carrying coronavirus in several districts after Christmas, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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Big queues as hundreds get drive-thru vaccine

Big queues as hundreds get drive-thru vaccine

Although traffic was at a standstill as hundreds queued for a Covid jab, one driver described it as the "best traffic jam I've ever sat in".

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Pictures from the high street on first weekend of lockdown

Pictures from the high street on first weekend of lockdown

A rapid-test site was among the busier parts of a usually bustling Kent high street today.

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'We are haemorrhaging anxious staff'

'We are haemorrhaging anxious staff'

Nursery school teachers have hit out at the Government as they are told to stay open during the pandemic.

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'Cheeky' grandad dies of Covid-19

'Cheeky' grandad dies of Covid-19

The family of a much loved family man are trying to raise money to buy a plaque for him after he died from getting coronavirus.

'Get tested to identify silent spreaders'

'Get tested to identify silent spreaders'

With a raft of new rapid testing centres launched across Kent to help in the fight against Covid, our reporter booked in to play his part.

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'I can't breathe and am in constant pain, please take Covid seriously'

'I can't breathe and am in constant pain, please take Covid seriously'

A Covid patient reveals the 'manic' situation in hospital where he's struggling to fight the virus and begged people to take the pandemic seriously.

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Covid marshal sacked after 'aggressive' stop and search

Covid marshal sacked after 'aggressive' stop and search

A coronavirus marshal was let go with immediate effect after chasing and grabbing a resident walking to the shops.

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