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Covid-19 regional rates at pre-Christmas levels in London and eastern England

All regions are continuing to show a week-on-week fall in rates.

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People walk past a Government sign warning people to stay at home on the High Street in Winchester (Andrew Matthews/PA)

People walk past a Government sign warning people to stay at home on the High Street in Winchester (Andrew Matthews/PA)

People walk past a Government sign warning people to stay at home on the High Street in Winchester (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Covid-19 case rates in two regions of England are at their lowest level since before Christmas, latest figures show.

In London, the rolling seven-day rate as of January 15 stood at 703.7 cases per 100,000 people – down from 1,053.4 a week earlier, and the lowest since the seven days to December 19.

Eastern England is currently recording a seven-day rate of 526.8, down from 763.5 and the lowest since December 20.

In both regions, rates are also falling in every local authority area.

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All regions of England are continuing to show a week-on-week fall in seven-day rates, though levels are dropping faster in some areas than others.

In south-east England, the rate currently stands at 503.2 cases per 100,000 people, down from 701.7 a week earlier and the lowest since December 26.

South-west England has recorded a smaller week-on-week drop, from 401.3 to 343.2 – the lowest since January 1.

The figures, which have been calculated by the PA news agency using Public Health England data, suggest the England-wide lockdown introduced on January 5 is having an impact.

Regional rates in the Midlands and northern England did not rise quite as sharply during the second half of December as in southern and eastern England.

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This is why the week-on-week fall in rates for these regions is not quite as steep.

In the East Midlands, the rate is down from 478.1 for the seven days to January 8 to 402.8 for the seven days to January 15, and in the West Midlands it has fallen from 647.8 to 571.9.

North-east England is currently at 335.2, down from 433.3, while Yorkshire & the Humber is at 259.1 – the lowest regional rate in England – down from 335.5.

In north-west England, the rate has fallen from 646.4 to 528.6.

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