Borough’s COVID cases exponentially on the rise as residents warned to stay safe this Christmas

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Ahead of the publication of the Borough’s weekly coronavirus (COVID 19) figures tomorrow, the Bedford Independent can reveal that cases in our area are rising more rapidly than ever before, causing concern over the spread of the virus during the Christmas break.

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.

Stay safe

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.

Read: Breaking News: Bedford to be placed into new Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions

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.

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