EVENING UPDATE: Rise in Bedford cases but number of deaths is revised down

37 people test positive in the town

As of last night (November 17), Bedford had 37 new cases of coronavirus, with a total of 2,910 people now diagnosed with the deadly virus, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

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.

Bedford (Google)

In Central Bedfordshire, there were 41 new cases of Covid, with a total of 3,128 while Luton has 93, with a new total of 4,727.

The number of deaths in Bedford was revised down by one (181), there was one death in Luton (207) and one death in Central Bedfordshire (246).

Meanwhile, Buckinghamshire now has 6,208 cases of Covid, Hertfordshire has 14,747 and Milton Keynes has 3,037 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 20,051 and now stands at 1,410,732. The number of deaths has risen by 598 to 52,745.

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