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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.

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Bedford Hospital NHS Trust has confirmed they are currently treating four patients with confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus) at the hospital. This is in...
32 care home staff in Bedford Borough did not get vaccinated by November’s deadline, but it is not known how many were redeployed within the sector. Kate Walker…
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Since lockdown was announced, Bedford's homeless charities and the borough council have been coordinating emergency accommodation for the town's rough...
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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...
An exhibition of over 100 works of art created by members of the public during lockdown opens at the Quarry Theatre this Saturday (24 October)...
Bedfordshire's health chiefs are said to be planning 'outreach' vaccination pop-up centres after the booster campaign stalled. Volunteers speaking to the Bedford Independent...
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Bedfordians have been sharing their experiences of the coronavirus 'lockdown'. In this chapter, Nas Ahmed shares how his job as a doorman has taken a turn in a way he never thought it would...
Don't Light Bonfires
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service have issued a plea asking anyone using the Easter weekend to tidy their gardens to not light any bonfires. Highlighting the pressures on the...
A vaccination support programme to contact Bedford borough residents who haven’t had a Covid jab discovered housebound residents who had slipped through...
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Bedford Hospital have confirmed that there have now been 40 deaths related to coronavius (COVID-19). In a statement this evening a spokesperson...
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A council report has painted a grim picture of a post-coronavirus Bedford, saying there will be a "profound" knock-on effects of COVID-19 on the area that may last for a generation. The report...
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Bedford Borough Council has said the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in the Borough and is linked to international travel. Vicky Head, Director of Public Health at Bedford Borough Council...