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COVID LATEST: Up to 73 postmen isolated due to Coronavirus

Monday 22nd February 2021

Maidstone now has the answer to why Royal Mail letter deliveries have been reduced to nothing for several days in many areas this month.
Sixty-five postmen – about one-third of the total force – have been isolated in quarantine for a week or more due to Covid-19 problems.  Some have been quarantined two or three times.
A well-placed source told Daily Downs Mail that the number of posties off work a week ago was as high as 73.
The source said: "Of course there have been problems. A lot of guys are off - so they can't do the rounds."
The most recent quarantining occurred  and followed the illness of popular East Farleigh and Coxheath postman, Paul Dunmill (57), of Sutton Valence, whose death caused much local sadness.  He worked for Royal Mail for about 40 years.  
His funeral takes place on Thursday and will follow a route through East Farleigh.
Residents in many parts of Maidstone have been reporting on social media long periods of non-deliveries, stretching back to the week before Christmas.  They fear important NHS post linked both to vaccine appointments and medications is not being delivered in time.
No statement was released by Royal Mail specifically about Maidstone non deliveries and three approaches by Downs Mail to its press office did not elicit response.