Kent milestone reached on road out of lockdown

Half a million symptom free COVID-19 tests have now been carried out at sites across Kent. Symptom free tests are a vital part of the county’s route out of lockdown as around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have any symptoms. This means they could be spreading the virus without knowing it. Out…

Symptom free testing to continue as restrictions ease

The symptom free testing programme across Kent will remain in place until at least the end of June 2021 as a vital part of the restrictions easing across the county. Around one in three people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms and will be spreading the virus without realising it. Rapid testing detects cases quickly,…

New multi-million fund unveiled to help most in need

A further £10million of emergency funding is being rolled out to continue helping Kent’s most vulnerable households and businesses hardest hit by the pandemic, Kent County Council has announced. The Helping Hands Scheme includes a raft of support – ranging from assisting just-managing families with heating bills and helping struggling firms stay afloat, to tackling…

COVID-19 Variant Testing in ME15 Area

Door-to-door coronavirus testing in parts of the ME15 area of mid-Kent will begin on Tuesday morning (2nd Feb) after a specific variant of COVID-19 was identified. Kent County Council and its partners in the Kent Resilience Forum urge all eligible residents to play their part in this important testing programme. Government have asked for as…

Education Secretary sets out school contingency plans

Speaking after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson addressed the House of Commons to update on the return to school in January, Richard Long, Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “The Government has today announced that the majority of secondary school pupils will learn remotely for an additional week after the current school…