Bedford Borough Council say that they’re seeing a drop of coronavirus cases in the town in the last seven days.
Statistics released a few moments ago show that as of 12 August:
- 1,843 people have been tested
- 19 cases of coronavirus were recorded
- 173 deaths related to coronavirus (since 1 January 2020)
- 3 deaths in the last seven days
- 11 cases per 100,000 people
The last figure offers positive news as the the area recorded 19.6 cases per 100,000 in the previous seven days, a slight rise on the previous week.
But these latest figures show a drop of almost nine cases per 100,000.
The news comes as the council opens a new walk-in Covid-19 testing centre.
While the figures do represent a positive step in the right direction, Bedford Borough Council remains cautious with many public facilities remaining closed.
Despite libraries and gyms up and down the county being able to open, Bedford’s remain closed, despite widespread criticism from Bedfordians across the borough.
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One comment to the Mayor, on his post about these stats on his Facebook page, read: “So can we now stop the panic and open up Bedford and stop fearmongering?” (sic)
Bedford Borough Council were unable to comment on this right away as all appropriate spokespeople were in a Local Outbreak Engagement Board meeting.
This meeting, which started at 5pm (13 August) will discuss the statistics and how they may influence decisions relating to local services.
We will report on the outcome of this meeting when it finishes.
However, their official guidance urges people to maintain social distancing, wash their hands regularly and use of a face covering in shops, busy places and on public transport.