Case numbers up again this week

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Weekly figures 15 July 2021

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Case numbers up again this week

Cases of COVID-19 have again risen significantly this week, reaching levels last seen at the end of January. The number of people with COVID-19 needing hospital care is stable and there were no deaths here in the last reporting week.

Over the last week (week ending 14 July), cases in Central Bedfordshire have gone up by 230 to 984 new cases (340.9 per 100,000).

Among our neighbours, cases are also up:

  • Bedford - 453 new cases (261.4 per 100,000) with 1 death reported
  • Luton - 638 new cases (299.5 per 100,000) with 1 death reported
  • Milton Keynes - 769 new cases (285.4 cases per 100,000) and no deaths reported

Restrictions are ending but the pandemic isn’t over

The Government has confirmed that on 19 July, most legal restrictions will end, removing social distancing and social contact restrictions.

But it is absolutely vital that we proceed with caution. This pandemic is not over, and case numbers are rapidly increasing.

Coronavirus continues to carry risks for us all.

We cannot simply revert instantly from Monday 19th July to life as it was before COVID-19.

Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

That means

  • Get a test if you have any symptoms
  • Get tested twice a week if you are meeting people outside your household.
  • Self-isolate if you test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
  • While you are not instructed to work from home, the Government recommends a gradual return over the summer
  • Continue to wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport
  • Meet up outside if you can
  • If you meet others indoors, then open the windows and let the fresh air in
  • Keep checking in with the NHS COVID-19 App when going to pub, restaurants and events – get a COVID-19 certificate if needed.


Above all – get vaccinated

The COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the new variant. The single most important thing you can do now is to get vaccinated.

Book your vaccine now.

If you’ve had your first dose, you can now get your second dose after 56 days – book now or go to one of the local walk-in centres.

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