This is not the start to the year any of us would have wanted.
I know going back into lockdown will be incredibly tough for people – especially parents and children. The Government has done everything possible to avoid these restrictions, but it’s clear this is the only option to prevent the NHS being overwhelmed this winter.
We’ve seen in Kent just how quickly this new strain of the virus can spread and the pressure it is putting on our local NHS. This picture is now sadly being seen across the country with more people in our hospitals with Covid than at any time during this pandemic.
We’re stepping up support for businesses and rolling out the vaccine at pace to help get through these dark days as quickly as possible. I’ll continue to work hard both locally and in Parliament to do everything I can to support people, particularly those who are most vulnerable and at risk.
We can all help get through this difficult time by following the guidance and looking out for each other. That sense of community spirit we rediscovered at the start of this pandemic will be needed more than ever.
We face a tough winter ahead, but we will get through it together.
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