Coronavirus latest: 305 new cases confirmed in Central Bedfordshire today

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

By Stewart Carr
Tuesday, 29th December 2020, 5:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th December 2020, 5:19 pm

The total number of cases in the district now stands at 7,445 (+305).

The case rate in Central Beds is now 517.2 per 100,000.

Elsewhere in the county, Luton has 9,480 (+277) cases while Bedford's figure is at 5,913 (+250).

Coronavirus (stock image)

There have been 2,382,865 lab-confirmed cases across the UK, up by a daily rise of 53,135.

71,567 deaths have been recorded within 28 days of a positive test, up by 414 today.

Central Beds officially entered Tier 4 restrictions on Sunday, December 20, with its status to be reviewed tomorrow (Wednesday).

Under Tier 4, rules are as follows:

> Non-essential shops, gyms, cinemas, hairdressers and bowling alleys will be forced to close for two weeks;

> People will be restricted to meeting one other person from another household in an outdoor public space;

> Under the new “stay at home” order, people in Tier 4 will be told they should not stay away from home overnight;

> People should not to travel into a tier four area, though support bubbles will remain unaffected as do the exemptions for separated parents and their children.