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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.

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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.

There were no cases of Covid-19 reported in Bedford Borough’s health sector over three days last week. During a Covid update to yesterday’s Adult Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee...
Covid and non-Covid activity are putting pressure on hospitals and ambulance services across Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, a meeting heard. “We’re seeing a significant further spike...
An end to free lateral flow tests is causing concern for families of care home residents – who fear it may impact visits. And a new Covid vaccine booster programme and grants...
Covid cases in Bedford are rising ‘sharply’ – leading to staffing issues at primary schools and in early years education. And some members of staff have been forced...
To help increase COVID-19 vaccination rates amongst Bedford's Sikh community in Bedford, SEVA Trust UK are hosting special sessions so those with concerns can find out more and...
coronavirus testing
Testing wastewater is one way new Covid variants could be detected when mass testing comes to an end next month. Bedford Borough’s Local Outbreak...
grants
The council is urging local hospitality and leisure businesses - including gyms, hairdressers and bars - to apply for a one-off support grant...
coronavirus testing
The Covid seven-day case rate in Bedford Borough has fallen by 15 per cent over the last week, but the borough is still above the East of England average. The council’s chief officer...
This school term has seen the highest number of Covid cases in schools since the pandemic began. Meanwhile, one councillor suggested teachers had a ‘perverse incentive’ to remain unvaccinated...
Twelve months after the first vaccine centre opened in Bedford, one of its volunteers reflects on the last year...
Despite the lifting of many restrictions in England, the council is urging residents to remain cautious as Bedford Borough has the third-highest Covid...
NSPCC neglect
A rise in neglect, physical and psychological harm to young children and domestic abuse was fuelled by increased pressures on families caused by the Covid pandemic, a meeting heard...