Leighton Buzzard South one of just four wards to buck the trend as Covid infections rise significantly across Central Bedfordshire

Central Beds rate of infection is higher than Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes

Thursday, 15th July 2021, 5:40 pm

New Covid cases have risen significantly in Central Bedfordshire in the latest weekly figures - although Leighton Buzzard South is one of four wards to buck the trend with reduced infections.

The weekly figures for new cases released today (including data up to July 11) shows that Dunstable-Northfields now has the most new cases in the district with 62.

Leighton Buzzard South, which a week ago was top of the list, is next with 57. That's down from 74 the previous week. The only other wards to see a drop were Dunstable-Watling 46 (previously 54), Dunstable-Central 19 (previously 28) and Potton 13 (previously 17).

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All other wards saw a rise, apart from Dunstable-Icknield which was unchanged at 36 new cases.

That means over the last week, cases in Central Bedfordshire have gone up by 230 to 984 new cases (up from a rate of 261.2 to 340.9 per 100,000 people). This compares to: Bedford – 453 new cases (261.4 per 100,000) with 1 death reported; Luton – 638 new cases (299.5 per 100,000) with 1 death reported; nd Milton Keynes – 769 new cases (285.4 cases per 100,000) and no deaths reported.

The weekly reports states: "Cases of Covid-19 have again risen significantly this week, reaching levels last seen at the end of January. The number of people with Covid-19 needing hospital care is stable and there were no deaths here in the last reporting week.

"Restrictions are ending but the pandemic isn’t over The government has confirmed that on 19 July, most legal restrictions will end, removing social distancing and social contact restrictions.

"But it is absolutely vital that we proceed with caution. This pandemic is not over, and case numbers are rapidly increasing. Coronavirus continues to carry risks for us all.

"We cannot simply revert instantly from Monday 19 July to life as it was before Covid-19. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious."

The weekly figures for new cases (data up to July 11) show: Dunstable-Northfields 62 (previously 40); Leighton Buzzard South 57 (previously 74); Biggleswade South 52 (previously 30) ; Arlesey 52 (previously 37); Leighton Buzzard North 51 (previously 49); Stotfold and Langford 51 (previously 37); Cranfield and Marston Moretaine 49 (previously 21); Caddington 48 (previously 15); Dunstable-Watling 46 (previously 54); Ampthill 45 (previously 43); Linslade 42 (previously 24); Flitwick 38 (previously 20); Dunstable-Icknield 36 (previously 36); Biggleswade North 33 (previously 18); Shefford 33 (previously 31); Houghton Hall 32 (previously 29); Toddington 27 (previously 24) ; Dunstable-Manshead 24 (previously 20); Sandy 24 (previously 10); Heath and Reach 22 (previously 17); Tithe Farm 22 (previously 14); Parkside 21 (previously 11); Dunstable-Central 19 (previously 28); Barton-le-Clay 15 (previously 11); Eaton Bray 14 (previously 11); Northill 14 (previously 10) ; Potton 13 (previously 17); Houghton Conquest and Haynes 11 (previously 4); Silsoe and Shillington 11 (previously 7) ; Westoning, Flitton and Greenfield 10 (previously 5); and Aspley and Woburn 10 (previously 7).