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.

University of Bedfordshire COVID-19 lateral flow testing site
Students at Bedfordshire University are now able to access a COVID-19 (coronavirus) hardship fund if they are struggling due to the ongoing lockdown. The fund is open to all students...
Capt Tom Bedford School
Bedford School might not be full of pupils this week, but the Great Hall was a hive of activity yesterday (Tuesday) as the school took delivery of over 40,000 birthday cards for Captain Tom...
While many have had to put some celebrations on hold, one Bedford Morris Man decided to wish his neighbours happy Mayday with their own intimate celebration. Tim Durrant has been dancing...
Bedford Hospital entrance
Hospital chiefs were put on the spot over people seen breaking coronavirus guidelines at a meeting yesterday (Monday). The health overview and scrutiny...
C-19 community response
As the uncertainty of the coronavirus outbreak continues, many of Bedford's villages and communities are planning ahead, preparing to support vulnerable...
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...
Mid Bedfordshire MP and junior health minister, Nadine Dorries has been criticised for tweets that contradict statements made by the World Health...
Many of Bedford Borough's small businesses feel they have been neglected by the government throughout the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. However, NE Beds MP, Richard Fuller, has vowed to fight their corner and lobby the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak...
Pound coins and money
Bedford Borough Council has paid £6.5million to local businesses that have had to close during lockdown. The automatic payment made on Friday (15 January) is to support businesses with their premises costs and...
Bedford School Capt Tom cards
An estimated 120,00 cards have been sent from across the world to Bedfordshire's Captain Tom Moore in a staggering outpouring of affection ahead of...
Several educational institutions in Bedford Borough have helped contribute thousands of PPE supplies to local healthcare services and charities, with...
hand heart
An initiative to show support to the frontline staff working during the current crisis is taking place across the whole of the UK on Thursday (26 March)...