Coronavirus latest: 30 new cases confirmed in Bedford

30 new coronavirus infections have been confirmed in Bedford over the past 24 hours, according to figures from Public Health England.

The total number of cases in the borough now stands at 1,939 (+30).

Elsewhere in the county, Central Bedfordshire has 1,857 (+39) cases, while Luton's figure stands at 2,504 (+64).

There have been 673,622 lab-confirmed cases in the UK, up by 18,980 since yesterday.

Covid-19 (stock image)

The number of UK deaths with coronavirus on the death certificate is 57,690. Today, another 138 people are reported to have died.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday, October 12, a new three-tier lockdown system for England.

Areas of the country will be placed into one of three tiers, ‘Medium’, ‘High’ and ‘Very High’.

Luton, along with most of the south of England, is rated as 'Medium'.

The Liverpool city region has been rated 'Very High' and will see pubs and restaurants forced to close as well as a ban on mixing between households indoors and outdoors, as it enters the third tier, “Very High”.

Those areas where local restrictions are currently in place will mostly be classed as 'High' and will see a ban on mixing between households,

The rest of the country will placed classified as tier one or 'Medium' by default, with no additional restrictions above the current rule of six and 10pm curfew.

Today’s announcement saw the Prime Minister confirm that the new system will be put in place, with exact details of which areas will be under which restrictions yet to be confirmed with local leaders.