The Cotswolds has recorded the 2nd lowest rate of coronavirus cases in the South West as new infections decline by 17 per cent.

In the seven days ending on February 11, Public Health England reported 67 cases per 100,000 people in the area – a drop of 14 cases from the week before.

Only one area has a lower case rate in the South West: Tewkesbury, with 53 per 100,000.

The three areas with the highest Covid case rates in the region are Sedgemoor, with 143; South Gloucestershire, 158; and Bristol, 164.

The weekly infection rate is now 80 per 100,000 people across Gloucestershire – roughly the same as October last year, when many areas were in Tier 1 restrictions.

The news comes as GPs start inviting the next priority groups to arrange their vaccinations - over 65s and 16-64 year-olds with underlying health conditions.