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Weekly local coronavirus figures for Central Bedfordshire

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COVID-19 update as of 1 December 2021

COVID-19 figures as of 1 December 2021

COVID-19 cases back up again

Over the last week (week ending 1 December), new cases of COVID-19 in Central Bedfordshire have gone up by 285 to 1,734 (589.6 cases per 100,000) with rates highest among 5 to 17 year olds and 40 to 49 year olds. Sadly there were 3 deaths in the last reporting week.

Case numbers among our neighbours are:

  • Bedford – 771 new cases, down 45 (441.4 cases per 100,000) with 3 deaths reported
  • Luton – 958 new cases, up 65 (448.7 cases per 100,000) with 8 deaths reported
  • Milton Keynes – 1,533 new cases, up 294 (567.4 cases per 100,000) and 3 deaths reported

Omicron variant

The new Omicron variant makes it even more important that we do all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

New safety measures have come into force, including compulsory face coverings in shops and on public transport; and all contacts of suspected Omicron cases having to self-isolate, regardless of their age or vaccination status.

Vaccines remain our best line of defence, and everyone over 16 who has not yet received their first or second dose of the vaccine, anyone eligible for their booster should come forward to help protect themselves and others.

Parents and guardians of children aged 12 to 15 who have not had their vaccine yet are also urged to come forward and go to one of the special walk-in sessions in Dunstable or book an appointment for your child online via the National Booking system.

Anyone who has difficulty getting to the vaccine centres can book free transport through our Vaxi Taxi service.

People second jabbed before 1 June can now come forward for a booster vaccination.

The NHS will contact people when it is their turn for the booster but anyone who is eligible for a booster vaccination and had their second dose of the vaccination before 1 June, can now go to a local walk in centre.

Anyone who is eligible can also pre-book a COVID-19 booster appointment from five months (152 days) after their second dose.

Book your booster online, or call 119.

The booster programme will be extended to all 18-to-39-year-olds and the gap between the second dose and booster will be reduced to 3 months.

All those aged 12 to 15 years have now been advised to receive a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, no sooner than 12 weeks after the first dose. Severely immunosuppressed individuals who have received three primary doses, should now also be offered a booster dose.

People in these groups should not contact the NHS yet – they will let people know when it is their turn to take up the offer.

Find out more at the local NHS website.

Detailed information

The figures now include the number of COVID-19 cases separated out by ‘cases – local residence’ and ‘cases – living away from local residence’. This includes, for example, people who are away studying at university.

The vaccination uptake data source has been updated to report vaccinations relative to the current reporting week, in line with national reporting. This also allows us to add booster vaccinations counts by local authority as soon as the detail becomes available. This means the data has moved on an additional week.

Total COVID-19 cases: 42,057

People vaccinated with first dose: 222,034 (84.8% of 12+ population)

People vaccinated with second dose: 203,896 (77.8% of 12+ population)

People vaccinated with first dose in last 7 days: 422 (down 339)

People vaccinated with second dose in last 7 days: 857 (up 382)

Number of PCR tests in the last 7 days: 14,406 (up 1,655)

PCR test positivity in the last 7 days: 12.1% (up 0.8%)

COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days: 1,734 (up 285)

Most affected wards in the last 7 days:

  • Leighton Buzzard South 121
  • Ampthill 120
  • Arlesey 103
  • Cranfield and Marston Moretaine 101
  • Flitwick 99
  • Stotfold and Langford 96
  • Leighton Buzzard North 82
  • Biggleswade South 75
  • Linslade 75
  • Biggleswade North 68
  • Sandy 67
  • Dunstable-Icknield 61
  • Houghton Hall 59
  • Shefford 59
  • Dunstable-Watling 57
  • Dunstable-Northfields 57
  • Caddington 54
  • Toddington 47
  • Barton-le-Clay 38
  • Potton 37
  • Northill 36
  • Silsoe and Shillington 32
  • Tithe Farm 29
  • Parkside 27
  • Westoning, Flitton and Greenfield 24
  • Dunstable-Manshead 22
  • Heath and Reach 20
  • Eaton Bray 18
  • Hougthon Conquest and Haynes 17
  • Aspley and Woburn 16
  • Dunstable-Central 15

Number of weekly positive cases per 100,000 population (rates based on ONS mid-year population, 2018)

Previous 7 days (15 November to 21 November): 492.7

Last 7 days (22 November to 28 November): 589.6

Direction of travel: up 96.9

Deaths

Total deaths registered involving COVID-19 since 1 January 2020: 719

Deaths registered involving COVID-19 between 13 November and 19 November: 3

Direction of travel: down 4

Data source

Data reported up to 28 November 2021.

Public Health England and Office for National Statistics.

The population used to calculate the vaccination uptake has been updated to use the National Immunisation Management Service (NIMS) database, in line with national reporting.

Produced by Public Health Evidence and Intelligence.


COVID-19 update as of 24 November 2021

COVID-19 figures 24 November 2021

COVID-19 cases remain very high in most age groups

Over the last week (week ending 24 November), new cases of COVID-19 in Central Bedfordshire have gone down by 97 to 1,449 (492.7 cases per 100,000) with rates highest among 5 to 17 year olds and 30 to 49 year olds. Sadly, there were 7 deaths in the last reporting week.

Case numbers among our neighbours are:

  • Bedford – 816 new cases, up 44 (467.1 cases per 100,000) with 4 deaths reported
  • Luton – 893 new cases, down 25 (418.2 cases per 100,000) with 4 deaths reported
  • Milton Keynes – 1,239 new cases, down 4 (458.5 cases per 100,000) and 5 deaths reported

12 to 15 year olds can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

With case numbers highest among school children, it’s even more important for young people to take up the opportunity to get vaccinated.

The COVID-19 vaccine will protect children, reduce transmission in schools and among parents and grandparents and help keep children’s lives moving.

Children aged 12 to 15 will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine at school but can also book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment online, at a vaccination centre or pharmacy.

And now young people who are aged 12 to 15 and accompanied by an adult can drop in to Watling House in Dunstable between 4pm and 5:30pm any day this week to get vaccinated. Find out more about drop-in sessions.

16 to 17-year-olds and second doses

All young people aged 16 and 17 can now get their second vaccine dose from 12 weeks after their first one. All young people aged 16 to 17 can now get their first vaccine dose. Book your vaccination appointment online or find a walk-in clinic.

Booster jabs now available for over 40s

Everyone aged over 40 and all those most at risk from COVID-19 should get a booster 6 months after their second dose. You can also now pre-book your booster appointment a month before you are eligible, making it easier and more convenient to get a vaccine.

Book your vaccine

Find a walk-in centre

Keep yourself and others safe

While vaccines are our best form of defence, they need to be backed up by a few simple actions we can take to reduce the risk of catching COVID-19:

  • make sure you open your windows for a few minutes at a time if you have guests.
  • wear a face covering
  • continue to take regular rapid lateral flow tests to help give you peace of mind that you’re not spreading the virus
  • get a PCR test if you have any symptoms – it may just be a cold but don’t take the risk

Detailed information

The figures now include the number of COVID-19 cases separated out by ‘cases – local residence’ and ‘cases – living away from local residence’. This includes, for example, people who are away studying at university.

The vaccination uptake data source has been updated to report vaccinations relative to the current reporting week, in line with national reporting. This also allows us to add booster vaccinations counts by local authority as soon as the detail becomes available. This means the data has moved on an additional week.

Total COVID-19 cases: 40,303

Adults vaccinated with first dose: 221,612 (88.9% of 12+ population)

Adults vaccinated with second dose: 203,039 (81.5% of 12+ population)

Adults vaccinated with first dose in last 7 days: 761 (down 1,022)

Adults vaccinated with second dose in last 7 days: 475 (down 234)

Number of PCR tests in the last 7 days: 12,751 (up 663)

PCR test positivity in the last 7 days: 11.3% (down 1.7%)

COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days: 1,449 (down 97)

Most affected wards in the last 7 days:

  • Arlesey 101
  • Stotfold and Langford 100
  • Leighton Buzzard North 90
  • Leighton Buzzard South 86
  • Flitwick 80
  • Ampthill 73
  • Sandy 71
  • Shefford 69
  • Dunstable-Icknield 63
  • Cranfield and Marston Moretaine 63
  • Dunstable-Northfields
  • Biggleswade South 51
  • Potton 49
  • Toddington 46
  • Biggleswade North 42
  • Parkside 37
  • Caddington 37
  • Linslade 37
  • Barton-le-Clay 36
  • Dunstable-Watling 34
  • Dunstable-Manshead 32
  • Dunstable-Central 32
  • Houghton Hall 29
  • Westoning, Flitton and Greenfield 26
  • Silsoe and Shillington 25
  • Northill 19
  • Tithe Farm 18
  • Heath and Reach 16
  • Houghton Conquest and Haynes 11
  • Eaton Bray 11
  • Aspley and Woburn 7

Number of weekly positive cases per 100,000 population (rates based on ONS mid-year population, 2018)

Previous 7 days (8 November to 14 November): 525.7

Last 7 days (15 November to 21 November): 492.7

Direction of travel: down 33

Deaths

Total deaths registered involving COVID-19 since 1 January 2020: 716

Deaths registered involving COVID-19 between 6 November and 12 November: 7

Direction of travel: up 1

Data source

Data reported up to 21 November 2021.

Public Health England and Office for National Statistics.

Produced by Public Health Evidence and Intelligence.