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.

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People of all ages who live, work or study in the areas of Cauldwell, Kingsbrook, Queens Park and Wixams are being strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 (coronavirus) PCR test this week...
Bedford's leaders and residents were unaware of Government guidance, published on Friday, advising all but essential travel in and out of Bedford in the face of the rise of Covid-19 cases....
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...
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Bedford Academy has temporarily closed its doors and removed to remote learning after experiencing a significant number of cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) across their wider school community. In a...
Bedfordians will have access to surge vaccinations, alongside surge covid-19 (coronavirus) testing, as the it figures show the Borough has third highest rate in the country. Currently Bedford..
The Bedford Heights vaccination hub is offering walk-in sessions for over 40s for the remainder of this week. It is hoped that the sessions will continue into the week commencing Monday 24 May...
Bedford’s director of public health, Vicky Head, was interviewed on BBC Breakfast this morning, saying that she was “really worried” about how quickly cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19 (coronavirus) are...
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The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has this evening (Monday) announced that Bedford will be among the areas given surge testing as the Borough recorded the second highest rates of infection in...
Public health chiefs in Bedford believe the Borough is now back to where it was in October and November after a new, more catchable, form of COVID-19 (coronavirus) unleashed itself on town. A...
Vaccines for all Bedford Borough’s over-16s are being called for as the number of Covid-19 (coronavirus) cases has surged. Bedford Borough Council is calling on the government..
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With confirmed cases of Covid-19 (coronavirus) more than doubling in Bedford Borough in the last seven days,  residents are urged to be cautious and to exercise common sense. Cases per 100,000 people rose from 39.8 last...
A Bedford firm that was awarded six government PPE contracts totalling £160m has been added to the list of those being investigated by the Good Law Project as being in a 'VIP lane' for preferential...