Covid-19 infection rates in south east London have dropped below 200 across the board as the lockdown continues to drive down cases.
The latest week-by-week case rate figures from Public Health England actually show a fall in cases in 96% of local authority areas in England, including all south east London boroughs.
London continues to be the region witnesses the sharpest decline in virus infections, with 20 of the capital’s boroughs now also falling between 200 and 100.
Hospitals still remain under pressure with thousands of Covid-19 inpatients, but the capital’s seven-day rate dropped from 192.2, a weekly fall of 34.5%.
The figures, accurate for the seven days up to February 7 (the last four days are excluded for accuracy), show the Covid rate, expressed as the number of new cases in the last week per 100,000 people.
And all four boroughs have fallen to infection rates in the mid 100s, rates not seen in the region since prior to the second lockdown in October.
Bromley has seen the case rate fall to the lowest point, with 138.7 cases per 100,000 people in the last week, falling from 230.2 last week after 461 new cases.
Lewisham has recorded 156.3, falling from 261.6, with 478 new cases.
In Bexley, for a long time the worst-hit borough in south London, the infection rate is now 159.1, falling from 238 after 395 new cases.
Greenwich has the highest case rate of the four with 170.9, dropping from 278.2 last week, with 492 new cases.
Nearby, Dartford also follows the trend with 178.5, dropping from 230.9, whilst Croydon recorded 204.8.
Of the 315 local areas in England, 12 (4%) have seen a rise in case rates, 302 (96%) have seen a fall and one is unchanged.
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Rutland in the East Midlands continues to have the highest rate in England, with 186 new cases recorded in the seven days to February 7 – the equivalent of 465.9 cases per 100,000 people.
This is up from 230.4 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to January 31, and has been linked to an outbreak at a prison in the county.
Corby in Northamptonshire has the second highest rate, down from 480.5 to 429.3, with 310 new cases.
Walsall in the West Midlands is in third place, down from 468.7 to 414.7, with 1,184 new cases.
The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on February 11 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.