The tongue-in-cheek campaign was launched by Joe Daniels to expel Swell from the country, claiming that “Swiss” is vital so that people can “get back”, Kent Live reported. Soleil, which covers the mainland cities of Sittingbourne and Fversham and the islands of Shiphery and Queensborough, recorded 841 new cases in the country in the seven days to November 23 – the equivalent of 560.4 cases per 100,000 people.
The Change.rg petition states: “I propose a referendum to remove Sole from Kent in light of the news that the entire contingent of the Cant virus virus will be placed in Tier 3 of the Cornervirus disaster because of the selfishness of some regions.”
“We should impose a strict border with strict checks to make Soel as a third world backwater like Essex.
“Culturally this area does not match the rest of Kent and as a result the park in England should not be punished for the activities of the inhabitants of Svalbard.
“The rest of us need to come back to get it again # # SwitchGit”.
Roger Truilov, leader of the Sole Borough Council, said: “I appreciate that whatever we have to be, we have to be in Tier 3.
“I hope it’s an incentive for local people to comply with the guidance as much as possible so that we reduce our numbers.
“I fully understand the other boroughs that have not received high rates like ours, but the fact that Kent’s level is rising the
“And I think it’s better if you all stay at the same level, from a public health perspective.”
Several Kent MPs wrote letters to Health Secretary Matt Hancock last Wednesday that different areas of the county should be subject to different restrictions.
But the government has all taken a county-wide approach with Kent to deal with Tier 3.
Justifying the decision, the government said: “The case rate is high and has continued to rise in the last seven days, with large cases in almost all regions.
“Most of the country’s highest case rates are currently in Kent. Increasing the case rate for people over the age of 60 is a particular concern.
“Positivity is growing in 10 of the 13 lower-level local authorities.
“The Kent & Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership is reporting that hospital admissions are increasing across the county and that mutual assistance is needed.”
(Additional report by John James)