THE Lyme Regis area recorded its first two COVID-related deaths in January 2021.
Figures from the Office of National Statistics on coronavirus death rates by local area have been updated today (Thursday) to include data from January.
They show that two deaths were recorded in the Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Marshwood Vale area in January. These are the first coronavirus-related deaths in the area since the pandemic broke out in the UK in March 2020.
A further one death was recorded in neighbouring Uplyme, Kilmington and Colyton, bringing the total for this area to three, with two having been recorded in December 2020.
COVID-19 case numbers in the Lyme Regis and Uplyme areas were at their highest level in mid-January during a New Year spike across the country.
They have since returned to low levels, with the latest figures showing that there were fewer than three confirmed COVID cases in Lyme Regis, Charmouth and the Marshwood Vale in the seven-day period up until February 19, and four in Uplyme, Kilmington and Colyton.
Cases across Dorset are now dropping and the infection rate was below the South West average when the last county-wide figures were released on Friday.
Two deaths were also recorded in January in Chideock & Burton Bradstock, bringing the area’s total to three, and in Bridport South & West Bay, also bringing its total to three.
Four were recorded in Bridport North in January, bringing the area’s death total to six.
No further deaths were recorded in Axminster in January, with the town’s total still standing at 18 following a peak of eight in December 2020, or in Seaton where the death total remains 13.
You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/