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Kent town named third 'most resilient' in country

Kent town named third 'most resilient' in country

A survey of 222 small towns has listed one in Kent as England's third 'most resilient' during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Curtains for dozens of theatre staff

Curtains for dozens of theatre staff

A union has raised concern after a theatre allegedly dismissed 50 staff by email despite it receiving nearly £250,000 in pandemic support grants.

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Why ice cream cones are off the menu

Why ice cream cones are off the menu

We take a look at life for ice cream van operators - and how the lockdown has claimed an unlikely victim for one popular firm.

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Licence at risk after Covid raid finds people drinking at holiday park's bar

Licence at risk after Covid raid finds people drinking at holiday park's bar

Police have temporarily closed down a holiday park's clubhouse after finding it serving alcohol during the coronavirus lockdown.

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'We simply cannot afford to be complacent'

'We simply cannot afford to be complacent'

A council boss has urged residents not to be complacent in the fight against Covid-19, as the end of lockdown is in sight.

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Vaccine programme stepped up for housebound

Vaccine programme stepped up for housebound

Community nursing staff have been working round the clock to help GPs vaccinate patients who can't leave home.

'It has been a brilliant experience'

'It has been a brilliant experience'

A vaccinator at one of Kent's mass hubs has spoken of the 'privilege' of the role.

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Two hour queues outside vaccine centre

Two hour queues outside vaccine centre

Vulnerable patients were forced to wait for hours outside a vaccine centre as long queues snaked around the entrance due to delays letting people in.

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Two year groups closed after positive Covid case

Two year groups closed after positive Covid case

Two year groups of children have been forced to isolate after a positive Covid case just days after they returned to school.

Covid deaths reach lowest level since November

Covid deaths reach lowest level since November

Covid cases in the most infected areas have dropped as death rates return to levels last seen when Kent was following Tier One restrictions.

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'Children have forgotten how to hold a pencil'

'Children have forgotten how to hold a pencil'

Some children are six months behind due to lockdown, it has emerged, as KCC announces an "ambitious" programme to get youngsters back on track.

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Town's second Jobcentre to open due to pandemic

Town's second Jobcentre to open due to pandemic

A second, temporary, Jobcentre is due to open in a town centre as part of the government's response to coronavirus.

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'I've never seen demand for funerals like it'

'I've never seen demand for funerals like it'

A temporary morgue is to be stood down as a funeral director says deaths caused by Covid and funeral demand is the worst he's seen in his 50 years.

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'Everyone in Kent should get tested twice a week'

'Everyone in Kent should get tested twice a week'

Everyone in Kent should get a Covid-19 test twice a week even if they have no symptoms, health chiefs have said.

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As one testing site closes... another extends its hours

As one testing site closes... another extends its hours

Swale has two symptom-free Covid testing centres, but one is set to close soon.

'I started boutique at home - now it's so big I need warehouse!'

'I started boutique at home - now it's so big I need warehouse!'

A mum who started an online children’s clothing store from her home has had to move into a warehouse because of a hike in sales during the pandemic.

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Easter Bunny hops to start home visits

Easter Bunny hops to start home visits

The Easter Bunny will be putting smiles on the faces of dozens of children by visiting them on their doorsteps.

School's Covid case just days after Education Secretary visit

School's Covid case just days after Education Secretary visit

A secondary school confirmed a Covid case just days after a visit from the Education Secretary who toured its new testing facilities.

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