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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.

In the light of continuing uncertainty around the coronavirus outbreak, Bedford Borough Council has taken the unprecedented decision to postpone the...
grants
Businesses now eligible for Bedford Borough Council's business support grant scheme have described the amount offered as 'pitiful' and 'disappointingly low'. After pressure from home-based...
VE Day
Commemorations to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day in Bedford have been postponed until August, in line with national guidance around the coronavirus...
With coronavirus cases in England reaching their highest levels since May, Bedford's Council and police chiefs are urging everyone to continue to follow...
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...
The decision has been taken to cancel this month's Bedford Holi Festival, the first time the event was due to be staged in the town centre...
Bedford town centre
In light of recent events I have sent an email urging the mayor to close the town center. I have sent the following email: Dear Mayor Hodgson...
Dominic Cummings - REUTERS:Hannah McKay
Journalism, has, on the whole, had a good crisis. My former trade has held the government's feet to the fire and highlighted key failures. But on Dominic Cummings it's fallen down - badly...
A 10-year-old from Wootton got an extra special birthday treat this week from Bedfordshire Police. Tristan Dean, whose dad, Tim, spent three weeks in Bedford Hospital being treated...
Speaking to Bedfordshire primary school teacher, Caroline Coster, two things are immediately apparent. Firstly, you are unlikely to meet a more positive person and secondly, you are unlikely...
Bedford School Capt Tom cards
Watch the incredible time-lapse video as tens of thousands of birthday cards for fundraising superhero, Captain Tom Moore, are painstakingly displayed...
Play Parks Closed
Bedford Borough Council have said all 120 play parks will be open from this weekend, except Kingfisher play area in Wixams. A spokesperson for the council says that due to...