The seven-day coronavirus infection rate in Barnet remains high as London boroughs continue to be badly hit by the virus.

Barnet saw 999 new cases per 100,000 people in the week to January 8, compared to a rate of 652 per 100,000 for England as a whole.

Local authorities in the capital have recorded some of the highest infection rates in the country. While Barnet’s rate remains high, it fell slightly compared to the previous seven-day figure of 1,029.

The latest infection rate data is based on figures from Public Health England published on the Government’s online coronavirus dashboard. It is subject to slight variations, as the figures are continually revised.

Colindale saw the highest number of new cases in the seven days to January 7 – 186, according to the latest information on a Government map of ‘middle layer super output areas’.

Relatively high case numbers were recorded in West Hendon (167), Grahame Park (144) and Burnt Oak and Watling Park (144).

The lowest case numbers were in Muswell Hill North (45) and Mill Hill Park (51).

According to Barnet Council’s most recent Covid-19 update, published on Tuesday, there are currently several outbreaks of the virus in the borough’s care homes.

Care homes recorded 127 cases in the previous seven days, with 58 residents and 69 staff members testing positive for Covid-19.

The NHS is currently rolling out vaccines against Covid-19 to vulnerable groups, including those in care homes. Speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said vaccines would soon be made available on a 24-hour basis.

The Government aims to offer a first vaccine to everyone in the most vulnerable groups by the middle of February.