A new cheating map reveals just how many people are having affairs in Bedford

And it would seem the pandemic is certainty not dampening anyone's ardour

It looks like adultery is booming in Bedford with a nine per cent increase in the last year.

A new cheating map reveals 568 people in the town are having an affair - up from 412 last year despite the Covid crisis.

The main reason for the rise is "lockdown cabin fever" with people unhappy with their partner seeking an affair after becoming fed-up being stuck at home.

The affair map - just follow the link at the end of the story and type in your postcode

The figures are from Illicitencounters.com, the UK’s leading affairs dating website.

IllicitEncounters.com spokeswoman Jessica Leoni said: “We have seen a big rise in cheating over the last year in Bedford and throughout Bedfordshire, even in the last six months covered by Covid.

“This is due to lockdown cabin fever - increasing numbers of people have become fed-up with their partners after being stuck together at home for most of this year and even denied a summer holiday in many cases.

“The Covid fear factor largely went at the start of the summer when the pubs reopened and people realised that the virus was only a big health threat if you are elderly or in a high risk group.

“People started dating again and cheating numbers surged as lots of new relationships were forged.”

The figures are based on IllicitEncounters’ own extensive data on the numbers of Britons cheating.

The interactive Infidelity Index allows users to search a city, town or postcode to discover how many people are having affairs in any locality.

Click here to find the figure for any postcode in Bedfordshire.