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Darent Valley records zero new COVID cases for first time since pandemic started

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Original article from Kent Live

Darent Valley Hospital has said it is "incredibly proud" to have reported its first day with no COVID cases since the start of the pandemic.

The major hospital in Dartford sent an update to residents on May 10, informing them that none of its patients had tested positive for COVID-19.

Louise Ashley, CEO of Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, told My London they were "incredibly proud" of the Trust's work throughout the pandemic.

She credited the vaccination programme with the reduction in cases.

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Separately, official data has revealed the huge reduction in COVID deaths across the county.

Just two COVID deaths have been reported over the last fortnight in the Kent County Council authority area.

It contrasts sharply to the situation in January, where at one point some 359 residents died with COVID in a single week.

There were also ten days in a row, between April 12 and April 21, when no COVID deaths were recorded anywhere in Kent.

Louise Ashley, CEO of Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, told My London they were "incredibly proud" of the Trust's work throughout the pandemic, and credited the vaccination programme with the reduction in cases.

"Our staff have been extraordinary throughout the pandemic and have shown great resilience and compassion," She said.

"We would also like to thank our local communities, who have not only supported us with kind words and donations but also ‘stuck to the rules so that we could reduce the number of people with Covid requiring hospital admission."

Louise said Darent Valley would continue to follow "strict infection control and social distancing guidelines," adding: "The pandemic is not over."

She said: "We expect to see patients with Covid, albeit in reduced numbers, in our hospitals for some time to come."

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