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Covid testing centre could stay open until Christmas

Covid testing centre could stay open until Christmas

A testing centre in a town with one of the highest coronavirus infection rates in the UK could stay open for at least the next six months.

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Marquee classroom allows school to fully reopen

Marquee classroom allows school to fully reopen

A primary school is among the county's first to welcome back all pupils after erecting a marquee in the grounds but not all children have returned.

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Hugely popular outdoor pool to stay closed all summer

Hugely popular outdoor pool to stay closed all summer

A beloved outdoor swimming pool will remain shut until next year - as bosses say reopening with social distancing in place is not financially viable.

Eyelash technician gets to work at Port Lympne

Eyelash technician gets to work at Port Lympne

Having temporarily ditched the eyelash glue, a beautician has turned her hand to sanding down railings, jet washing and painting at Port Lympne.

‘Holiday parks must reopen for sake of economy’

‘Holiday parks must reopen for sake of economy’

A Kent MP has called for holiday parks across the county to be reopened immediately.

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Kent's best riverside pub walks

Kent's best riverside pub walks

As drinking spots are finally set to reopen, we've pulled together some of the county's finest riverside pub walks.

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Kent's lockdown in numbers

Kent's lockdown in numbers

As we hit three months since lockdown began, we look back at the numbers that defined life in Kent.

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Kent Test delay 'disappointing'

Kent Test delay 'disappointing'

Delay fails to bridge gap between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who have been tutored during lockdown says councillor.

Student nurse says MP's claims are 'slap in the face'

Student nurse says MP's claims are 'slap in the face'

The student nurse at the centre of a Kent MP's controversial claims she was "not providing a service" has spoken out.

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'We were too slow, too stupid and did not take it seriously'

'We were too slow, too stupid and did not take it seriously'

A leading virologist, who is working on anti-body tests for coronavirus, said we were far too late in reacting to coronavirus.

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When can we expect life to return to normal?

When can we expect life to return to normal?

With the coronavirus threat level officially reduced, what does that mean in terms of full transition to normality across Kent?

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Public pool converted into prosecco bar

Public pool converted into prosecco bar

In an innovative move to help get businesses back up and running, a council has granted permission for a prosecco bar to take over a paddling pool.

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Covid-19 survivor battling to walk again

Covid-19 survivor battling to walk again

A woman with Down's syndrome who survived coronavirus against the odds is learning to walk again and fundraising to help others like her.

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Mum's turmoil over son's life-support ordeal

Mum's turmoil over son's life-support ordeal

A mother has spoken of her family's emotional turmoil after her healthy son ended up on life support due to coronavirus.

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School pupil contracts coronavirus

School pupil contracts coronavirus

A group of children and staff members have had to self isolate after a child tested positive for Covid-19.

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Man accused of breaking lockdown rules to face trial

Man accused of breaking lockdown rules to face trial

A 58-year-old who has the first person in the county charged with breaking government guidelines around coronavirus has appeared in court.

Covid pedestrianisation 'does not solve crowding'

Covid pedestrianisation 'does not solve crowding'

Plans to ban cars from a town centre do not address crowding problems in the precinct and don't even provide the manpower needed to put up barriers.

'We don't want Kent on lockdown'

'We don't want Kent on lockdown'

Fears of a second coronavirus wave have sparked calls to make sure any further lockdowns will not be countywide.

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