UPDATE: Bedford records 18 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours

While Central Beds records nine

As of today (October 6), Bedford has recorded 19 new cases, with a total of 1,758 people now diagnosed with the deadly virus, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

Due to a technical issue, which has now been resolved, there has been a delay in publishing a number of COVID-19 cases to the dashboard in England. This means the total reported over the coming days will include some additional cases from the period between 24 September and 1 October, increasing the number of cases reported.

There were no deaths recorded in the county.

Bedford (Google)

Central Bedfordshire has nine new cases of Covid, with a total of 1,645 and Luton has 21, with a new total of 2,209.

Nationally, the death toll has been 'recalculated' by officials. The new count is based on a new definition of who has died from Covid-19.

Previously, people in England who died at any stage following a positive test, regardless of the cause of their death, were counted in the figures.

However, there is now a cut off point of 28 days from the first laboratory-confirmed positive COVID test.

Meanwhile, Buckinghamshire has 2,521 cases, Hertfordshire has 6,593 and Milton Keynes has 1,260 cases.

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.

The new figures are recorded between 5pm the previous day to 5pm.

Nationally, the number of coronavirus cases has risen by 14,542 and now stands at 530,113, The number of deaths has risen by 76 to 42,445.

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