Here are the areas in Bedford where Covid infections have risen as Indian variant takes hold

Is lockdown in the town still working?

Friday, 14th May 2021, 4:15 pm
The Indian variant is now the dominant strain of the virus in Bedford

Lockdown is gradually lifting across England - but in Bedford coronavirus cases are rising daily.

The so-called Indian variant is fast becoming a cause of concern for the Government with infections identified in Bolton, Blackburn, Darwen, Leicester and Nottingham - as well as our town where it is now believed to be the dominant variant

On May 1, Kingsbrook previously had 0-2 rate of cases but on May 8, that figure rose to 157

The latest figures show 11 out of 20 neighbourhoods in Bedford have had an increase in infections in the latest seven-day period, the first week of May.

Now with gyms, bars and restaurants also open to customers again, we reveal which neighbourhoods had the biggest rise in case rates per 100,000 people between May 1 and 8.

On May 1, Kempston West & Central previously had 0-2 rate of cases but on May 8, that figure rose to 103.1
On May 1, Kempston Central & East previously had 0-2 rate of cases but on May 8, that figure rose to 50.7
On May 1, Goldington previously had 0-2 rate of cases but on May 8, that figure rose to 44.2
On May 1, Brickhill previously had 0-2 rate of cases but on May 8, that figure rose to 37.3
On May 1, Harpur previously had 57.1 rate of cases but on May 8, that figure rose to 182.7 - up 220%
On May 1, Elstow, Shortstown & Wixams previously had 53.2 rate of cases but on May 8, that figure rose to 152.1 - up 186%
On May 1, Harrold, Chellington & Turvey previously had 79.6 rate of cases but on May 8, that figure rose to 125.2 - up 57%
On May 1, Bromham & Biddenham previously had 65.4 rate of cases but on May 8, that figure rose to 102.7 - up 57%
On May 1, Riseley & Sharnbrook previously had 54.4 rate of cases but on May 8, that figure rose to 72.6 - up 33%
On May 1, De Parys previously had 69.4 rate of cases but on May 8, that figure rose to 86.8 - up 25%