829 positive cases
Bedford’s health chiefs have confirmed to us that for the period of 14 – 20 December, there were 829 positive cases of COVID-19 in Bedford Borough, a far higher proportion than Public Health England have been reporting on their website.
The local data that has been released has been verified by Ian Brown, the council’s chief officer for public health.
Bedford Hospital has recorded five covid-related deaths in the last seven days and at the time of writing, there are 69 Covid patients being treated at the hospital.
From this week onwards, the Bedford Independent will be updating our coronavirus statistics on a weekly basis, using the verified local data to ensure our figures are as accurate as possible.
With cases rising so quickly, Bedfordians are urged to ‘act like you’ve got it’ when making decisions about who to see and where to go over Christmas.
With the Borough in Tier 4 restrictions, gatherings of up to three ‘bubble families’ are no longer permitted and Bedfordians are being reminded to stick to the rules to protect themselves and those around them.
Prof Chris Whitty has said that the new variant of the virus has seen a “dramatic increase” in the proportion of cases in certain areas, including the East of England.