The rate of Covid cases in the Cotswolds has dropped into single figures for the first time in months, according to the latest Public Health England figures.

The area recorded the lowest number of cases in the West Country, with just 4 cases per 100,000 people reported in the week ending March 25.

This represents a drop in cases of two thirds since the week ending March 18, the largest percentage decline in the region and the second largest decline in case rates per 100,000 – beaten only be Stroud.

Tewkesbury and Gloucester are not far off, with 11 and 13 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people respectively.

Sedgemoore, Swindon and South Somerset recorded the highest case rates in the West Country, two of which saw an increase in coronavirus cases.

Sedgemoore reported 47 cases per 100,000 in the week ending March 18, but that increased by 44 per cent in the week ending March 25.

Swindon held at 68 cases per 100,000, down one case from 69, while South Somerset saw an increase from 42 to 61 cases.

The news comes after England took its first substantial step out of lockdown by allowing six people to meet outside in a public place and outdoor sports to resume.

The threat of a third wave casts a shadow over the Cotswolds' positive figures, as parts of Europe report an increase in infections.

Seven out of the 17 areas in the South West saw an increase in Covid-19 case rates.