LYME Regis has dropped back down to one of the areas in the UK with the lowest number of COVID cases, following a spike over the Christmas and New Year period.
At one point earlier this month, the Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Marswood Vale area peaked at 35 cases, putting it above the national average case rate per 100,000 people for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic broke out in the UK last March.
However, case numbers have since been continuously dropping and the latest figures to be released by the Office of National Statistics show the entire area as having “fewer than three cases” for the seven days up until January 21.
Specific case numbers for small areas with fewer than three cases are not given, as to protect individuals’ identities.
The neighbouring Kilmington, Colyton and Uplyme area is also now reported to have fewer than three cases. Case numbers here also peaked earlier this month and the area reported its first two coronavirus-related deaths in December.
No coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Lyme Regis, Charmouth and the Marshwood Vale, although data on this does not yet include January.
In the seven day period up until January 21, Axminster had 11 cases, a decrease of two of the previous week; Seaton had five, a decrease of four; Burton Bradstock and Chideock had four, a decrease of six; Bridport North had six, a decrease of four; and Bridport South and West Bay had six, the same as the previous seven-day period.
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