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 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.
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...
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...
Cranfield University
Cranfield University will pay overseas students’ quarantine costs through their newly launched international arrivals bursary...
A drop-in NHS Covid-19 vaccination centre opens today at Cranfield University, for anyone to attend including staff, students and the local community. The centre will be offering...
From 6pm today (Friday) anyone in Bedford Borough aged 16 or 17 can book their Covid-19 jab through the National Booking Service (NBS).  Almost three-quarters of a million young people...
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)...
In the Spring Budget Chancellor Rishi Sunak gave no mention of any spending increase for social care. While the money outlined for NHS and local...
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...
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...
coronavirus testing
The Department of Education (DfE) has announced that secondary schools and colleges will stagger their return after Christmas and mass coronavirus testing will be rolled out...