EVENING UPDATE: Coronavirus cases stay the same in Bedford as Public Health England changes way it records data again

Government has changed the way in which it records the location of people who have tests for Covid-19

By Clare Turner
Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 10:48 am
Updated Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 10:53 am

Monday's figures (November 16) recorded no new cases of coronavirus in Bedford, with the total of people diagnosed with the deadly virus still at 2,873.

Public Health England has changed the way it records the location of people who have been tested for Covid-19 - counts of cases and deaths at sub-national level have been updated to reflect this.

The address given at the point of testing will now be used to determine a person's area of residence, rather than that on their electronic NHS record, with the change retrospectively applied to tests carried out from September 1.

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PHE said: "Due to reallocation of cases in this way, the number of cases reported by a local authority may be artificially high or low on November 16."

As a result, Bedford's cases have stayed the same, Luton's cases have risen by 52 to 4,634 and Central Bedfordshire's figures have been revised DOWN by 59 to 3,087.

There were no deaths in Bedford (182), no deaths in Luton (206) and one death in Central Bedfordshire (245).

Meanwhile, Buckinghamshire now has 6,102 cases, Hertfordshire has 14,482 and Milton Keynes has 2,924 cases.

Previously, the death toll had been 'recalculated' by officials - and in July, the way coronavirus infection data was presented changed too.

The new figures are recorded between 5pm the previous day to 5pm.

Nationally, the number of coronavirus cases has risen by 21,363 and now stands at 1,390,681. The number of deaths has risen by 213 to 52,147.

The figures come from the Government website which is available for the public to view here