Bedford records 14 new cases of COVID-19 while Central Beds total increases by 17

There are now 282 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bedford

Today (April 18), Bedford has recorded 14 new cases with a total of 282 people diagnosed with COVID-19.

Central Bedfordshire has 352, up from 335, and Luton has 452 cases, up from 428.

But the true number of cases is thought to be far higher with many people not being tested.

There are now 282 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bedford

In Bedfordshire, there have been 182 COVID-19 associated deaths, figures from NHS England show that 108 people, who tested for COVID-19, have died at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and there have been 74 deaths at Bedford Hospital.

Nationally, the number of coronavirus cases now stands at 114,217. The number of COVID-19 associated UK deaths in hospital is has been recorded as 15,464, rising by 888 - according to Public Health England.

The figures for the number of patients recovered from COVID-19 have not been released by Public Health England.

All the figures refer only to people who have been tested in hospital. The true extent of infection among the wider public, who have no access to testing kits, is as yet unknown.

The new figures were recorded between 5pm on Thursday and 5pm on Friday.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

- Stay at home

- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)

- If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times

- Wash your hands as soon as you get home

- Do not meet others, even friends or family.

- You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.