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Podcast: Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns we face ‘tough, tough’ weeks to come as Covid cases continue to rise

Podcast: Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns we face ‘tough, tough’ weeks to come as Covid cases continue to rise

January 4, 2021

It is feared we could be heading for another national lockdown as coronavirus cases continue to rise.
The Prime Minister will address the nation tonight as Kent starts the year in tough tier 4 restrictions.
Many schools across the county are closed - we've been speaking to a leading headteacher about the challenges of testing pupils when they re-open.
Also in today's podcast, more testing facilities are opening across the county, but just how accurate are the results? We've been speaking to a GP about the chances of getting a false positive.
The daughter of a Maidstone bus driver who died after contracting Covid-19 has revealed how he worked throughout the pandemic despite concerns he could get ill.
In Brexit news we hear from a fishermen who isn't happy with the trade deal that's now in place.
And in sport, the Gillingham manager has been reacting to their defeat at the weekend to Plymouth Argyle.

Podcast: ‘Shops to close again’ if coronavirus rates in Kent don’t fall

Podcast: ‘Shops to close again’ if coronavirus rates in Kent don’t fall

December 18, 2020

It's feared non-essential shops in Kent could be forced to close again if coronavirus infection rates don't fall.

Kent will remain in Tier 3 over Christmas and New Year - hear from the man in charge of public health in the county who says news of a new variant is concerning.

Also in today's podcast, find out why a car park in Chatham has been renamed.

We hear from a Syrian family who have been speaking about moving to Kent as refugees.

Jason Derulo has been chatting to our sister radio station kmfm.

And Gillingham's Alex MacDonald is confident they'll get back to winning ways as they travel to take on Rochdale this weekend.

Podcast: Kent to remain in Tier 3 as health secretary Matt Hancock issues stark warning

Podcast: Kent to remain in Tier 3 as health secretary Matt Hancock issues stark warning

December 17, 2020

The health secretary has issued a stark warning to the people of Kent as it was confirmed the county would remain in Tier 3.

Cases of coronavirus are continuing to rise so pubs, restaurants and other leisure and hospitality venues must remain closed over Christmas.

Matt Hancock urged residents to behave as if they had the virus in a bid to try and reduce infection rates.

Also in today's podcast - the message from health care workers as hospitals in the county come under extreme pressure.

NHS staff in Kent are to receive Christmas meals thanks to a charity.

And David Walliams has sent a message to a Kent school - find out why.

Podcast: Christmas bubbles will still be allowed despite rising Covid cases

Podcast: Christmas bubbles will still be allowed despite rising Covid cases

December 16, 2020

Three families will still be able to get together over Christmas in Kent despite rising Covid cases.
The Prime Minister has confirmed a relaxation of coronavirus restrictions for five days from next Wednesday (December 23) will go ahead.
We've been chatting to shoppers in Chatham to find out what their festive plans are.
Also in today's podcast, as the end of the Brexit transition period gets ever closer we've been speaking to some leading figures in the freight haulage industry.
There are real concerns about delays at the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel at Folkestone after December 31 - they've been speaking about the impact it could have on drivers.
And the Gillingham manager has been speaking about last night's defeat to Accrington Stanley.

Podcast: Mass roll out of coronavirus vaccine gets under way in Kent

Podcast: Mass roll out of coronavirus vaccine gets under way in Kent

December 15, 2020

It's a big day in the fight against coronavirus as a mass roll out of the first vaccine gets under way in Kent.
Nine sites are opening in the county over the next few days so the most vulnerable patients can have the jab.
It's less than two weeks since Pfizer / Biontech vaccine was approved for use in the UK - we've been speaking to Dr Jack Jacobs from Hamstreet Surgery near Ashford.
Also in today's podcast, a Whitstable woman who was told she had cancer, only to find out after 18 months of chemotherapy that wasn't the case, speaks about her ordeal.
A Strood mum is at the centre of a High Court battle over her the treatment given to her severely brain damaged daughter.
And, we hear from the Gillingham boss ahead of their game against Accrington Stanley tonight.

Talking Points: Kent’s weekly political podcast - 14/12/12

Talking Points: Kent’s weekly political podcast - 14/12/12

December 14, 2020

As Brexit negotiations continue, one Kent MP says Boris Johnson should stand down if he fails to secure a deal with the EU. Could more follow in his footsteps? 

And opinion is split on schools in areas with high Covid-19 infection levels remaining open for the final week of term.

Podcast: Calls for some Kent schools to close early for Christmas as Covid cases continue to rise

Podcast: Calls for some Kent schools to close early for Christmas as Covid cases continue to rise

December 14, 2020

There are calls for some schools in Kent to close early for the Christmas break as cases of coronavirus continue to rise.
Seven parts of the county are in the top 10 for the highest infection rates in England.
Hear from he chair of the Kent Association of Head Teachers - you can also vote in our poll.
Also in today's podcast, a Kent MP says the Prime Minister should resign if the UK doesn't leave the EU with an acceptable trade deal.
We've been speaking to North Thanet's Sir Roger Gale and have reaction from our political editor.
And, the Gillingham boss has been reacting to their loss to Doncaster Rovers at the weekend which ended a run of five league games without defeat.

Podcast: Patient fears for his life as man with Covid is moved onto ward at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham

Podcast: Patient fears for his life as man with Covid is moved onto ward at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham

December 11, 2020

A vulnerable patient says he fears for his life after a man he was told had tested positive for Covid-19 was moved onto the same hospital ward.
Kevin Gearey has cancer and has been shielding throughout the pandemic.
He was admitted to Medway Maritime in Gillingham on Friday with a chest infection and spoke to the KentOnline Podcast from his bed.
Also in today's podcast, there are fears businesses in Kent aren't ready for a no deal Brexit.
A food charity says demand for supplies are expected to triple this Christmas.
And we hear from Gillingham defender Connor Ogilvie ahead of their game against Doncaster Rovers this weekend.

Podcast: Chief Exec of Visit Kent reveals how the tourism industry plans to bounce back in 2021

Podcast: Chief Exec of Visit Kent reveals how the tourism industry plans to bounce back in 2021

December 10, 2020

The chief executive of Visit Kent has been chatting to the KentOnline Podcast about how the tourism industry plans to recover in 2021.
A study released this week has revealed how much the sector was worth in the county in 2019 along with the number of visitors.
We reveal the details and speak to Deirdre Wells.
Also in today's podcast why is mass coronavirus testing so important? A University of Kent expert explains all as it looks set to be expanded across the county.
We have the latest on Brexit as the end of the transition period gets ever closer.
And, the author of a best-selling book on her battle with ME talks about her second book and hopes it'll dispel even more myths about the condition.

Podcast: Self-made teen millionaire from Maidstone on the secret to his success

Podcast: Self-made teen millionaire from Maidstone on the secret to his success

December 9, 2020

A teenager from Maidstone who is one of the world's very few self-made teen millionaires has been chatting to the KentOnline Podcast about his success.
Elliot Padfield had made his first million before sitting his GCSEs and has now moved to America after leaving school early.
He's been speaking to our reporter Katie Heslop.
Also in today's podcast we speak to the head of the Thanet Fishermen's Association as Brexit trade talks reach a critical stage with the end of the transition period only days away.
We've got the remarkable tale of a key to a 900 year-old tower that's been returned almost 50 years after it was 'borrowed'.
And the Gillingham boss has been reacting to their defeat to Cambridge United which sees them knocked out of the EFL Trophy.

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