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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.

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...
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...
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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”...
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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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We are regularly updating this blog with the latest coronavirus statistics from Public Health England and any further details we receive from Bedford Hospital. All data is correct at time of...
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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...
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...
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...
A third Covid-19 (coronavirus) vaccination centre will open on Monday 1 February at Bedford Heights on Manton Lane. It will join the existing sites at Kings House on Ampthill Road and at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Queens Park...
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Bedford's Mayor, Dave Hodgson has defended his and the Council's handling of its contract with Fusion, debunking comments by opposition councillors as "mischievous". He also said that...
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As Bedford hits a record number of daily COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases and a burgeoning number of people battle the illness in hospital, residents are being urged to knuckle down and stick to...