Coronavirus

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.

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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...
Bedford residents who are in contact with other members of the public as part of their work are now able to access free, rapid Covid-19 (coronavirus) tests and are encouraged to take a test twice a week...
The NHS will begin texting nearly half a million people today, inviting them to book their life saving Covid-19 (coronavirus) jab, making it quicker and more convenient to get an appointment...
As schools and colleges prepare for all students to return from next Monday (8 March), the government has confirmed that regular lateral flow testing will take place to help keep...
A Bedford headteacher and chair of governors have prompted a question in the House of Commons, urging the Government to give priority for vaccination to teachers and frontline staff...
Guru Nanak Gurdwara Bedford
Churches, mosques and temples can expect to receive a letter from Bedford Council soon with advice on how they can safely reopen for group worship. A meeting heard even though communal worship was not banned for this...
A free webinar is taking place this weekend in response to a recent report highlighting that significantly fewer members of the BAME community have opted to take the Covid vaccination...
Living It Up
A charity that works with adults with learning disabilities in Bedford welcomed the Government's vaccine u-turn yesterday (Wednesday). Following a campaign by DJ Jo Whiley, the government has announced that vaccinations...
A council meeting heard that care homes are already making preparations to allow one named person to meet with a loved one and hold hands as part of the easing of lockdown restrictions.
PM Boris Johnson hands face space
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said life could 'return to normal' by 21 June at the earliest, as he announced a phased approach to lifting COVID-19 (coronavirus) restrictions. "We are able to take these...
Health and social care staff working in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are being encouraged to get their Covid-19 (coronavirus) vaccinations as soon as possible...
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A Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak in Bedford’s Harpur ward was put down to one “indoor setting” and is under control, a meeting heard. In the latest figures the town’s Harpur ward was shown to have shot to the top of the...