UPDATE: 34 people diagnosed with coronavirus in Bedford and 60 in Central Beds

Number of cases has only risen by two in the town

Today (March 30) Bedford has had a total of 32 diagnosed cases of the deadly virus - a rise of two from yesterday.

Central Bedfordshire has 60 cases, from 56 and Luton has 69, up from 63.

These numbers are lower than Hertfordshire (339) and Buckinghamshire (140) and Milton Keynes (94) but members of the public are urged to remain indoors as much as possible to halt the spread of coronavirus.

Bedford town centre (Google)

The new figures are now recorded between 5pm on Wednesday and 5pm Thursday.

Last Monday, the government announced tougher social distancing measures, with all outdoor activities prohibited except for food shopping, one daily exercise, treatment of a condition and any essential travel for work.