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Kent's biggest animal parks set to re-open

Kent's biggest animal parks set to re-open

Bosses at Howletts and Port Lympne have announced they will welcome visitors back from Monday, but with some restrictions being put in place.

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Fenwick stores set to reopen

Fenwick stores set to reopen

Two of Kent's biggest department stores are due to welcome back customers - with a string of extensive social distancing measures in place.

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New test centre for virus hot spot open 'in days'

New test centre for virus hot spot open 'in days'

A testing site will be set up in one of the worst-affected parts of the country after lobbying from the local MP.

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Shopping in Medway from Monday

Shopping in Medway from Monday

New signs, longer queues, one-way systems and marshals to help you stay safe – welcome to post-lockdown shopping.

What shoppers can expect when they head to town

What shoppers can expect when they head to town

New signs, longer queues, and marshals to help you stay safe – welcome to post-lockdown shopping.

What to expect when more shops open

What to expect when more shops open

The town centre will be a very different place to shop from Monday.

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'Give state school grades extra weighting'

'Give state school grades extra weighting'

A "digital divide" has emerged during lockdown, giving private school pupils a huge advantage over their state-educated peers, according to a Kent MP.

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More than 150 Kent care homes hit by virus

More than 150 Kent care homes hit by virus

More than a quarter of the county's 547 care facilities have reported cases of coronavirus.

Council to re-introduce parking fines after £700k revenue loss

Council to re-introduce parking fines after £700k revenue loss

Authorities are reintroducing parking fees this month as they seek to recoup losses incurred during the lockdown period.

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MP blames scientists for care home crisis

MP blames scientists for care home crisis

A Kent MP has been accused of having 'no idea about anything' after she endured yet another difficult TV interview.

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Head who delayed return welcomes first pupils back

Head who delayed return welcomes first pupils back

The head teacher who went against government advice by delaying the return of pupils allowed our reporter into school on the first day back.

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Two more deaths reported in Kent's hospitals

Two more deaths reported in Kent's hospitals

Hospitals in Kent have reported two new Covid-19 deaths to NHS England in the last 24 hours.

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What will my dentists look like during pandemic?

What will my dentists look like during pandemic?

Dental practices across the county are reopening but with strict guidelines in place to protect patients and staff.

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'Consider not asking for a refund'

'Consider not asking for a refund'

Promoters of one of Kent's biggest music events which has been postponed due to coronavirus are asking people to hold onto their tickets.

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Charity farm writes to PM pleading for it to reopen

Charity farm writes to PM pleading for it to reopen

A charity farm that says its future is uncertain due to the coronavirus pandemic has written a letter to the Prime Minister.

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Crucial 'R' infection rate revealed

Crucial 'R' infection rate revealed

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

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Doctor in plea to return to work

Doctor in plea to return to work

A consultant says it is vital private hospitals are allowed to start returning to normal after being taken over for Covid-19 care.

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Girl overcomes fear of wind and completes marathon

Girl overcomes fear of wind and completes marathon

A seven-year-old girl has overcome her fear of the wind and walked the equivalent of a marathon around her village for charity.

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