24 November 2020 12:30
Kent will join the rest of the country in entering new tiered coronavirus restrictions when the national lockdown ends on December 2. Boris Johnson confirmed a new tougher regional system will be in place during a statement to the Commons yesterday (November 23). Rising infection rates across the county have caused public health and council leaders to warn people to follow the rules. Swale now has the highest infection rate of anywhere in the country, with Thanet now in the top five nationwide too. Emergency meeting took place in Swale on Monday (November 23) in response to the latest figures.
Leader of Swale Borough Council Roger Truelove, confirmed that 'the overwhelming majority of cases are coming through community transmission.' Ashford MP Damian Collins yesterday called for restrictions to be imposed at a local district level. However, Boris Johnson re-iterated that "the disease is no respecter of borough boundaries" hinting to a possible Kent wide restriction. Follow our updates below as the county reacts to the prospect of Christmas in lockdown.