Coronavirus latest: Five new cases brings Bedford total to 1,243

Five new cases of coronavirus have emerged in Bedford over the past 24 hours, according to Public Health England.

By Stewart Carr
Monday, 6th July 2020, 5:46 pm
Updated Monday, 6th July 2020, 5:49 pm

The total number of cases in the borough now stands at 1,243 (+5).

Last Thursday saw 496 cases added to Luton's total after Public Health England made changes to its data gathering.

Previous data shared by Public Health England relied solely on Pillar 1 (testing from Public Health England and NHS Hospital Trusts), but as of Thursday the information includes Pillar 2 (non-clinical and commercial testing).

Coronavirus (stock image)

Luton has the 6th-worst coronavirus infection rate among authorities in England and Wales, at 724.3 per 100,000.

Elsewhere in the county, Central Bedfordshire stands has 1,213 (+2) cases while Luton's figure is at 1,377 (+9).

Across the country, there have been 285,768 infections at an increase of 352 over the past 24 hours.

44,236 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, up by 16 since yesterday.