Covid-19 infection rates have dropped nearly across the board in south east London as the national vaccine rollout is now rolled out to 16 and 17-year-olds.

But nationally coronavirus rates continue to rise, and tourist hotspots such as Cornwall continue to witness an explosion of cases.

In Friday's update from Public Health England for every local authority in England, new coronavirus rates are expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

The figures, for the seven days to August 23, are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.

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And the data shows all south east London boroughs are reporting similar infection rates of around 250 cases per 100,000 people in the last week.

Bromley currently has the highest Covid-19 rate, recording 257.2 (856 new cases), and was the only borough to experience a rise after reporting 237.7 last week.

Close behind, Lewisham had a Covid-19 rate of 255.8 (781 cases), down from 311.5 last week.

Southwark's rate is currently 254.0, down from 319.0, after 813 new virus cases were found.

Bexley's Covid-19 rate is currently 237.5 (592), also a decline from 253.5 a week ago.

The lowest infection rate currently belongs to Greenwich who reporter 233.3, down slightly from 261.2 with 674 new cases.

Nearby, Croydon recorded a rate of 310.4 and Dartford reported 266.5.

Of the 312 local areas in England, 199 (64%) have seen a week-on-week rise in rates and 113 (36%) have seen a fall.

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Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly continue to have the highest rate, with 4,705 new cases in the seven days to August 23, the equivalent of 817.5 per 100,000 people.

This is up sharply from 433.5 in the seven days to August 16, with summer tourists and the Boardmasters music festival behind the spike.

West Devon has the second highest rate, up from 358.0 to 696.5, with 391 new cases.

Sedgemoor in Somerset has the third highest rate, up slightly from 652.1 to 688.6, with 850 new cases.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on August 27 on the Government's coronavirus dashboard.