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Residents and staff test positive for Covid-19 in veterans village

Residents and staff test positive for Covid-19 in veterans village

Some nine residents and two members of staff have tested positive for Covid-19 at an assisted living court in a village for veterans.

'I'm home because hospital saved my life'

'I'm home because hospital saved my life'

A dad who was admitted to hospital with Covid has thanked the 'amazing' staff who saved his life so that he was able to return home to his family.

Seaside town's 'go home' graffiti sparks fury

Seaside town's 'go home' graffiti sparks fury

Messages reading 'go home' have been spray painted around a popular seaside town - with some residents branding the graffiti "horrible".

Police dish out 30 fines in first weekend of lockdown

Police dish out 30 fines in first weekend of lockdown

People fined for breaking Covid rules in Kent included a visitor from Lancashire, party-goers and a woman from Essex picking up an online purchase.

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'Why didn't they tell me she'd caught Covid?'

'Why didn't they tell me she'd caught Covid?'

A hospital has apologised after a man only discovered his mum had caught Covid there when an ambulance dropped her back at home.

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Vaccination hub planned for airport

Vaccination hub planned for airport

Plans to use a Kent airport to deliver the Covid-19 vaccination are in the 'final stages'.

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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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