Case numbers now as high as they were in January

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Coronavirus updates

Weekly COVID-19 report

Weekly figures 22 July 2021

Full infographic and breakdown of the weekly figures are available on our website

Case numbers as high as they were in January

Cases of COVID-19 have risen dramatically again this week, and the epidemic is now at the level last seen in January. Fortunately, the number of people with COVID-19 needing hospital care remains stable but sadly there was one death here in the last reporting week.

Over the last week (week ending 21 July), cases in Central Bedfordshire have gone up by 636  to 1,620 new cases (561.2 per 100,000).

Among our neighbours, cases are also up:

  • Bedford - 765 new cases (441.5 per 100,000) with 3 deaths reported
  • Luton - 799 new cases (375.0 per 100,000) with 1 death reported
  • Milton Keynes – 1,254 new cases (465.4 cases per 100,000) and no deaths reported

Although restrictions on what we can do have been eased, it’s still important to stay cautious and help protect ourselves and others. 

  • Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds with soap.
  • Meet up outside or if you’re indoors, open windows or doors if you have visitors.
  • If you think you might have COVID-19 symptoms, take a PCR test and stay home.
  • Wear face coverings in crowded places to help protect others.
  • Check in with the NHS COVID-19 app when you’re out.
  • Get vaccinated if you are 18 or over.

Vaccines help prevent you passing COVID on

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 - no appointment needed.

Drop in opening times - Pfizer vaccinations only

The second dose can only be given to those who have waited a minimum of eight weeks from their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

  • Watling House, Dunstable, 9am-5pm every day
  • Biggleswade Hospital  9am-3pm every day

Drop-In opening times - AstraZeneca vaccinations only

Please note: the first dose of AstraZeneca is for over 40s only. The second dose can only be given to those who have waited a minimum of eight weeks from their first dose of AstraZeneca.

  • Rufus Centre, Flitwick 10am-5.30pm this Sunday

Drop-In opening times - Moderna vaccinations only

  • Rufus Centre, Flitwick 10am-5.30pm this Sunday

Book an appointment

Across our area there are vaccination centres that are available to book through the national booking system and there are vaccination centres run by local GPs.

You can get vaccinated at large centres in Flitwick, Biggleswade, Shefford and Dunstable, through your GP or from pharmacies in Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Woburn Sands, Biggleswade and Stotfold as well as at centres and pharmacies in Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes.

  • Book through the online National Booking Service or
  • Call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

Weekly reports

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