UPDATE: Jump in positive coronavirus tests in Bedford in 24 hours

County as whole has 49 cases

By Clare Turner
Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 4:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 4:52 pm

As of today (September 23), Bedford has recorded 15 new cases, with a total of 1,582 people now diagnosed with the deadly virus, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

There were no deaths recorded in the county, which recorded 49 new cases.

Out of those 49, Bedford has 15 cases, Central Bedfordshire has six new cases, with a total of 1,491 and Luton has 28, with a new total of 1,960.

Bedford (Google)

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 2,182 cases, Hertfordshire has 5,610 and Milton Keynes has 1,103 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 6,178 and now stands at 409,729. The number of deaths has risen by 37 to 41,862.

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