High Covid-19 Bedford infection rate prompts stay at home reminder

People in Bedford are being asked to continue to stay at home as much as possible to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Figures show that Bedford Borough has the highest rate of Coronavirus infection in the East of England, and there are concerns that the gradual easing of the lockdown will make people think that the virus has gone away.

Bedford Borough Council’s Public Health Team is urging local people to continue to stay at home as much as possible to slow the spread of the virus and save lives.

Muriel Scott, Director of Public Health for Bedford Borough Council, said:

“As we all know, coronavirus is highly contagious and can be spread even if someone doesn’t appear to have any symptoms.

“With lockdown easing you might think that the virus has gone away. It hasn’t; the rate of infection in Bedford Borough is the highest in the East of England.

“We are working with partners in the health sector to support the local rollout of test and trace and are calling on residents to continue the fight to slow the spread of the virus.”

The Government’s advice remains to continue to stay at home as much as possible. If you do have to go out, try to limit contact with other people.

Wear a face covering, particularly indoors and on public transport, and keep 2 metres apart from people. Regularly washing your hands with soap and water, or using a hand sanitiser when that’s not available, remains key in slowing the spread.

Anyone with symptoms, including a new persistent cough, high temperature or a change or loss of taste or smell, should immediately self-isolate and arrange a test via nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 111.