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Kent moves into Tier 3 - Very High - from 2 December

Published Thursday 26 November, 2020
Last updated on Thursday 26 November, 2020

The Government has announced that Swale, along with the rest of Kent and Medway, will be placed into Tier 3 – Very High, from 2 December

Whilst falling, the number of cases in Swale remain among the highest in the country, and people are being urged to make sure they understand and stick to the new rules when they come in.

Cllr Roger Truelove, leader of the council, said:

“With the number of cases we are seeing, we can’t be surprise to be placed in this highest tier, and it is now up to all of us to do all we can to get out of it.

“Our abiding priority has to be the health and safety of our residents, and that includes those with the covid infection but also others who might be at risk if our hospital are overcrowded.

“We need to make sure that when the national restrictions end on 2 December we all know what we should be doing, and we do it.

“If we don’t, we will be stuck with the toughest restrictions for longer. More people will become ill, or much worse.

“The NHS is already under increasing pressure, and we need to try to make sure we don’t see other treatments being delayed or cancelled.

“Local businesses are also struggling, and jobs are at risk, so we absolutely must do everything we can to get the figures back under control.

“I am glad to see that the Government has promised to roll out mass testing for areas in tier 3 to help.

“As we have seen in Liverpool, this can make a massive difference to stopping the spread of this virus, so I look forward to hearing from them about when this will be rolled out locally.”