Coronavirus latest: 193 new cases confirmed in Central Bedfordshire today

193 new coronavirus infections have been confirmed in Central Bedfordshire over the past 24 hours, according to figures from Public Health England.

By Stewart Carr
Friday, 18th December 2020, 7:57 pm
Updated Friday, 18th December 2020, 8:08 pm

The total number of cases in the district now stands at 5,204 (+193).

The case rate in Central Beds is now 279.2 per 100,000.

Elsewhere in the county, Luton has 7,742 (+186) cases while Bedford's figure is at 4,275 (+87).


There have been 1,977,167 lab-confirmed cases across the UK, up by a daily rise of 28,507.

66,541 deaths within 28 days of a positive test have been recorded, up by 489 today.

Yesterday, the government confirmed Bedfordshire will enter Tier 3 restrictions from Saturday, December 19.

Once the Tier 3 restrictions apply, residents must:

> Not mix with other households indoors;

> Only meet people outdoors in open public spaces in groups of up to six;

> Reduce their number of journeys, avoid travel outside of the area;

> Work from home if possible;

> Indoor entertainment venues will close as will all pubs and restaurants, although they can provide delivery, take-away or drive through services. Hotels will also close.