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.

Caretaker PCC, Kathryn Holloway
Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, has announced that she will stay as the county's PCC for a further year...
To help keep the railway running for key workers, Network Rail is appealing for former professional signallers in Bedfordshire to help out during the...
GP doctor
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...
The coronavirus outbreak, which has caused the postponement of sport across the world, has also affected the Southern League, where Bedford Town are...
As the uncertainty of lockdown continues, the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, has called on the Government to provide more support for local...
Boris Johnson
This afternoon's coronavirus briefing from the Prime Minister featured less headline-grabbing information, but did seek to give reassurance to...
Digital News
I would like to update your readers on some important work being carried out by the Independent Community News Network (ICNN) and the dire situation faced by independent news providers...
Bricks - Building
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has this afternoon announced the support package that the government has outlined for self-employed workers...
As schools close across Britain, Network Rail is urging parents and carers in Bedford to hammer home railway safety messages. Incidents of trespass on...
Kyoto Geiko 2 © David Lovejoy
The Far East, particularly Japan, has seen a huge spike in tourism in recent years. With interest garnered from the hugely successful Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Olympic Games happening this...
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.
Office coronavirus
A report from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has revealed that workers in so-called ‘insecure’ jobs – i.e. agency workers or those on zero-hours contracts – are twice as likely to have died from COVID-19...