Latest figures show four new COVID-19 related deaths at Bedford Hospital

There is now a total of 353 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bedford

There have been four new coronavirus deaths recorded at the Bedford Hospital Trust in the past 24 hours, the latest official figures show.

NHS England figures show 92 people, who tested positive for Covid-19, had died in hospital at the Bedford Hospital NHS Trust as of 5pm on Wednesday, April 22.

Only deaths that occur in hospitals where the patient has tested positive for Covid-19 are recorded, with deaths in the community excluded, such as those in care homes.

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That was an increase of four compared to Tuesday, when there were 88.

A week ago, there were 59 deaths.

Of 23 trusts within the region, the Bedford Hospital trust has the ninth highest death toll.

Today (April 23), Bedford has recorded 13 new cases with a total of 353 people diagnosed with COVID-19.

Central Bedfordshire has 421, up from 392, and Luton now has 548 cases.

But the true number of cases is thought to be far higher with many people not being tested.

Nationally, the number of coronavirus cases now stands at 138,078 (includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the country totals), rising by 4,583. The number of COVID-19 associated UK deaths in hospital has been recorded as 18,738, rising by 616 today - according to Public Health England.

The figures for the number of patients recovered from COVID-19 have not been released by Public Health England.

All the figures refer only to people who have been tested in hospital. The true extent of infection among the wider public, who have no access to testing kits, is as yet unknown.

The new figures were recorded between 5pm on Tuesday and 5pm on Wednesday.