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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.

Rishi Sunak MP
Today, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a package of business support measures which he described as, “…unprecedented in the history of the...
coronavirus testing
Bedford needs a clear coronavirus plan not "doomsayers" looking to "apportion blame" over the failed NHS 'Track and Trace' app, according to the leader of Bedford Conservatives. Cllr Graeme...
coronavirus testing
Door-to-door testing will begin this weekend as part of ongoing surge testing in areas of Bedford Borough to tackle the high rates of infection locally.
Play Parks Closed
While adults will have a chance to 'play' in their local pub from 4 July, some parents have reacted in disbelief that the borough's play parks are to remain closed for the time being. Bedford Borough...
PPE
The national shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the escalating coronavirus pandemic has been well documented in the media and the...
Bill Chandi recognition award
Marston Moretaine Postmaster, Bill Chandi, has been given a special Post Office recognition award for the role he played in helping to mark the 100th birthday of Captain Sir Tom. The...
coronavirus
As Leicester prepares for a local lockdown and Bedford awaits the findings of the Public Health England and the Joint Biosecurity Centre 'deep dive'...
Coronavirus
All non-urgent procedures are being delayed as Bedford Hospital deals with the coronavirus outbreak. The chief executives of both Bedford and the Luton...
coronavirus
Bedford Borough Council will endorse its Local Outbreak Control Plan at a meeting at 5pm today (Thursday). It will outline the measures the local...
self-isolation
A Facebook group has been set up in Bedford to harness the vast numbers of volunteers wanting to support the old and vulnerable in their communities...
Seven Bedfordshire pharmacies will be the first to deliver life-saving jabs as the NHS accelerates its coronavirus programme throughout the borough this week...
Bedford Borough has now recorded over 10,000 positive cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Government data says there have now been 10,595 positive cases of COVID-19 in...