FIGURES for COVID-19 case numbers in the Lyme Regis area have significantly dropped over the past few days.
At one point last week, figures revealed there were 35 recorded cases of coronavirus in Lyme Regis, Charmouth and the Marshwood Vale area, putting the area above the national average case rate per 100,000 people for the first time since the virus broke out in March last year.
However, numbers quickly dropped to put the area back below national average, and the latest figures released today (Sunday) reveal there were 14 cases in the seven days up until January 18 – a decrease of 14 on the previous seven-day period.
It is the first week that the figures have started to decrease locally since mid-December, when Lyme saw a spike in cases, most likely down to the new variant of the virus which swept across the UK over the Christmas period.
There are still no recorded coronavirus-related deaths in Lyme Regis, Charmouth and the Marshwood Vale, although figures for January have not yet been released.
Neighbouring Kilmington, Colyton and Uplyme – which recorded its first two COVID deaths in December – has also seen a significant drop in cases, with just three recorded in the seven days up until January 18, a decrease of 13 cases.
Axminster had 13 cases, a decrease of one; Seaton had six, a decrease of six; the Burton Bradstock and Chideock area had five, a decrease of nine; Bridport South and West Bay had six, the same as the previous seven-day period; and Bridport North had eight, a decrease of four.
While case numbers may be dropping locally, residents are advised to remain cautious and stick to the current lockdown restrictions, more details of which can be found at the gov.uk website. Visitors should also not travel to Lyme Regis from other areas.