As many as one in 25 people in Greenwich may have had Covid-19 just last week, new figures suggest.

In some areas of England that number was as high as one in 20 people in some areas of England, with London once again the worst region in the country.

Knowsley, Liverpool, Rochdale, Sefton and West Lancashire in north-west England, along with Barking and Dagenham, Croydon, Newham and Redbridge in London, are the local authorities where about 5% of the population are thought to have had the virus in the period January 12 to 17.

These are the highest estimates for any local areas in England, according to the figures from Office for National Statistics.

Local authority estimates suggest that in Greenwich, along with the London boroughs of Hackney, Havering, Islington and City of London, as well as Leicester, one in 25 had Covid-19 between January 12 and 17.

Greenwich's Covid-19 infection rate, expressed as the number of new weekly cases per 100,000 people, was around 1,100 during this time period.

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Infection rates in the borough peaked at nearly 1,200 in early January, leading to such high numbers of cases and rising deaths, but in the last seven days cases have started to decline.

As of January 11, the Covid-19 was 932.5, and seven days later Greenwich recorded 672.7, according to Public Health England.

Neighbouring Bexley's rate also dropped from 928.4 to 578.8 as of January 18.

The ONS figures are for people in private households and do not include those in hospitals, care homes and other institutional settings.

The ONS added that the figures should be treated with caution as they are based on small sample sizes and have a higher degree of uncertainty than national and regional estimates.

Across England as a whole, about one in 55 are thought to have had Covid-19 in the slightly earlier period of January 10 to 16.

This is down from about one in 50 people for the period December 27 to January 2.

For the whole of London the figure is thought to be about one in 35 - the highest for any region in England.