Rates are rising rapidly in Bedford Borough with cases of the Indian variant.
The rise in cases in the area is mostly among people aged under 40, with the highest increase among those aged 11-22.
We would encourage everyone to be cautious and please look out for symptoms, and if you are in any doubt arrange a PCR test as soon as possible.
Everyone in the Borough is also encouraged to take up the offer of twice weekly rapid testing to help stop the spread of the virus. People without symptoms can drop in to the rapid test centre at the Faraday Community Centre, off Elstow Road, Bedford. No appointment is needed, and results come back in less than an hour.
Home test kits can also be collected from the test centres, some pharmacies and libraries or ordered online.
The best way to help stop the spread of all variants is to continue to follow the guidance – Hands, Face, Space and if you’re meeting with friends or family stay outside where fresh air can disperse the virus.
It is also important that people get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible; anyone over 40 can now be vaccinated.
Vaccine appointments can be booked line through the national booking system: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/ or by calling 119. Or you can walk into a number of vaccination centres across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes this week.
For more information and to find out times that you can drop in please visit here.