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All the latest, fact-checked news about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and how it is affecting Bedford, Bedford Town, Bedford Borough, Bedford businesses and Bedford people in one place.

For the latest coronavirus stats in Bedford, please read:
Coronavirus: latest confirmed cases in Bedford Borough

As we publish news articles relating to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Bedford, they will be added to this archive for easy access.

All of the team at Bedford Independent live in and around Bedford Borough and we aim to report on the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on local people, local business and local economy.

Please check & follow the latest Government Advice and, if you suspect you have symptoms, follow the NHS guidelines.

A Bedford professor and GP has described the rare symptoms of blood clots to look out for as he urged local people to keep taking their Covid-19 (coronavirus) jabs...
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People in Bedford are being urged to remember the hands-face-space-ventilation message as the next stage of lockdown easing begins. From today (April 12) non-essential shops...
From tomorrow (Friday), anyone over the age of 18 who lives or works in Bedford Borough will be able to get a free rapid Covid-19 (coronavirus) test twice a week...
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Initial grants of £500 are being offered to home-based and mobile businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic as part of the latest government funding. Anyone who believes they are eligible...
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A vaccination chief told a meeting that Bedford’s GPs had “more vaccine than patients” this week as some over 50s have proven ‘hard to reach”...
A vaccination centre in Bedford will temporarily close for three weeks following delays importing the coronavirus vaccine into the UK. NHS BLMK CCG confirmed there will be a pause...
One volunteer, based at the vaccination hub at Bedford Heights on Manton Lane, sends this report from the front line in the fight against the virus. If you ever needed evidence...
Around 50 people attended the anti-lockdown protest on Sunday (21 March). Attendees boasted about shaking hands and hugging.
A local business owner has said he is “proud to be selfish” after attending an anti-lockdown protest in Russell Park, Bedford on Sunday (21 March). Around 50 people attended the...
Over 61,000 Bedford Borough residents had already received their first COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccine dose by 14 March according to new data released yesterday (Thursday)...
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News that the council's public health team will receive a below-inflation increase of 0.7% core funding has been met with anger by the Borough's Labour councillors...
A personal trainer from Bedford has completed training to deliver Long Covid recovery support to help sufferers back to fitness. Larissa Clarke, who runs Transition Coaching, was inspired...
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A leaflet will be going to homes across the borough this weekend in a ramping up of efforts to encourage people to take their Covid-19 (coronavirus) jabs. Figures shown to a meeting this...