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.

A rapid rise in covid cases linked to people becoming infected during the European football championships is overwhelming Bedford’s contact tracing system, a meeting heard. Contact...
Coronavirus public parks sign
We are all still adapting to the significant restrictions on our movement which were brought in by The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 (“the Regulations”)...
Community Hub food delivery
Volunteers for Bedford Borough Council’s Community Hub were busy over the Easter bank holiday weekend, providing support to vulnerable residents...
A Cranfield man has been jailed for over ten years after pleading guilty to the sexual abuse of a child in a historic case that left his victim haunted by what happened to him. The victim, man now in his 30s...
Bedford Hospitals Trust has admitted that 'medically fit' patients who were waiting to be discharged caught covid on its wards. Six serious incidents are being investigated of potentially avoidable deaths where the infection was contracted on the hospital site...
Over 61,000 Bedford Borough residents had already received their first COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccine dose by 14 March according to new data released yesterday (Thursday)...
The River Great Ouse, Bedford: View from Newnham Bridge.
Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Sunday, lockdown rules are being relaxed, permitting people in England greater freedom to spend...
Virus hunters are hoping to be able to stamp down on the latest fast spreading coronavirus variant before it can tighten its grip on Bedford. They are carrying out a two-pronged strategy...
NHS
Health chiefs across Bedfordshire are leading the way in the fight against the deadly virus which is sweeping across the globe. Amid constantly updated...
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.
From tomorrow (Friday), anyone over the age of 18 who lives or works in Bedford Borough will be able to get a free rapid Covid-19 (coronavirus) test twice a week...
Ahead of the publication of the Borough's weekly coronavirus figures tomorrow, the Bedford Independent can report that cases in our area are rising more rapidly than ever before, causing concern over the spread of the virus during the Christmas break...