UPDATE: Bedford has five new cases of coronavirus

Central Bedfordshire has two new cases

As of today (20 August) Bedford has recorded five new cases of coronavirus, the total for the borough is now 1,407, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

Central Bedfordshire has two new cases, the total is now 1,323, and Luton has one more case, the total for the town is now 1,689.

Meanwhile, Buckinghamshire has 1,837 cases, Hertfordshire has 4,512 and Milton Keynes has 932 cases.

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Previous data shared by Public Health England relied solely on Pillar 1 (testing from Public Health England and NHS Hospital Trusts), but as of Thursday, July 2, the information includes Pillar 2 (non-clinical and commercial testing).

It has seen a radical overhaul of how coronavirus infection data is presented across the country, with hundreds of new cases emerging in individual authorities.

Nationally, the number of coronavirus cases now stands at 322,280 and the number of deaths is 41,403.

Daily reported COVID deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the first laboratory-confirmed positive COVID test.

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