Category: COVID-19

Stay home and stay safe this Easter

Bedfordshire’s frontline services are working together to urge the public to stay at home & follow social distancing guidelines over the Bank Holiday weekend.

To date Bedfordshire Police has issued four penalty notices – two in the Bedford area and two in the Luton area. This includes a parent who was fined after a child persisted to ignore police instructions.

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Bedford Borough Council: Supporting residents during coronavirus crisis

Bedford Borough Council’s Community Hub supports residents who are in self-isolation with no family or friends to help, by delivering food parcels, collecting and delivering prescriptions, and offering a friendly link with the outside world.

It has already handled over 1,000 requests for support, including over 500 food parcels and over 100 prescriptions collected and delivered.

Over 500 people have also been in touch asking for a chat, or other support, such as dog walking.

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Child abuse and neglect concerns amidst Coronavirus pandemic

Bedfordshire Police has said that due to families isolating themselves due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many children and young people could be at a heightened risk of abuse and neglect.

School is often regarded as a safe place by children who are victims of abuse. But at the moment children are no longer regularly interacting with trusted adults such as teachers, social workers, grandparents, and neighbours.

So there is less opportunity for any safeguarding issues to be flagged with the relevant authorities.

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14 cases of fake or unlicensed COVID-19 medical products investigated

An increasing number of bogus medical products being sold through unauthorised websites claiming to treat or prevent COVID-19 are being investigated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

These include self-testing kits, ‘miracle cures’, ‘antiviral misting sprays’, and unlicensed medicines.

At this time, there are currently no medicines licensed specifically for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 and there are no CE marked self-testing kits approved for home use

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COVID-19: NHS asks people to share their symptoms to help others

A new Coronavirus Status Checker that will help the NHS coordinate its response and build up additional data on the COVID-19 outbreak has been launched today by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock.

People with potential coronavirus symptoms are now being asked to complete the status checker and answer a short series of questions which will tell the NHS about their experience.

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Donations to Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has posted on its website to thank the community for the offers of donations to its hospitals.

Adding that it is comforting to know that the staff is in the local community’s thoughts at this challenging period.

It said that it is “truly overwhelmed” with the numerous offers of donations. However, while this is very much appreciated the Trust has to ensure that it is following national guidance at all times, encouraging people to #stayhome.

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Central Bedfordshire Council given new powers to hold public meetings remotely

Local authorities in England have been handed new powers to hold public meetings virtually by using video or telephone conferencing technology from Saturday (4 April 2020).

The government has temporarily removed the legal requirement for local authorities to hold public meetings in person during the coronavirus pandemic. This will enable councils to make effective and transparent decisions on the delivery of services for residents and ensure that local democracy continues to thrive.

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