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.

Lateral flow testing should be part of people’s daily routine, says a Bedford Borough Council health chief. He made the suggestion amid an increase in Covid-related deaths...
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It’s too early to say whether the omicron variant is more severe than other variants, but if cases rise rapidly it could be enough to overwhelm the NHS, a meeting heard...
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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...
A greater proportion of unvaccinated people will end up in hospital, but as there are so few unvaccinated in the community, they don’t make up the bulk of inpatients, a meeting has heard. Ian...
Controversial Covid advice issued to schools, colleges, parents and carers at the end of the half-term holidays is to be reviewed as it's announced that Covid rates across the Borough...
The Covid vaccine might not stop you from catching the virus – but its purpose is to prevent you from getting severely ill, attendees on a Q&A Zoom call were told. On Thursday (4 November)...
New guidance sent to Bedford schools by the council's Director of Public Health during half-term does not officially align with Department for Education policy. Ben Pearson, the Bedford...
Parents in Bedford have expressed frustration at being told 'last minute' about new COVID-19 guidance for schools, including children wearing masks, saying there will now be increased...
Bedford Borough Council’s Local Outbreak Engagement Board has been told there have been 242,055 doses of COVID-19 vaccines given out in Bedford Borough. Dan Ibeziako, head...
The Covid-19 situation in Bedford is stable but at "quite a high level," said Vicky Head, Director of Public Health for Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes at...
Bedfordians who had their COVID vaccine before Easter are being urged to get their booster by health bosses at Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Clinical Commissioning Group (BLMK CCG)...
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So far this term Bedford Borough Council has received over 1,500 positive Covid case notifications from schools, with 382 in the week commencing 4 October, a meeting heard...