More parts of Barnet saw Covid-19 cases of around zero as the Government began to lift lockdown restrictions.

There were 19 areas of the borough with fewer than three cases of the virus in the seven days to March 11, according to official data – up from 16 the previous week.

It came as the seven-day infection rate in Barnet dropped by 24 per cent, to 35 new cases per 100,000 people.

The areas of the borough with fewer than three cases of the virus were:

  • Totteridge and Barnet Gate
  • Edgware East
  • Mill Hill Broadway
  • North Hendon and Sunny Hill
  • Brent Cross and Staples Corner
  • North Cricklewood
  • Golders Green South
  • Hampstead Garden Suburb
  • Temple Fortune
  • Finchley Central
  • Colney Hatch
  • North Finchley
  • Woodside Park
  • Oakleigh Park
  • Osidge
  • Oak Hill
  • New Barnet Town and East Barnet
  • Hadley Wood
  • High Barnet and Hadley

The worst-hit part of the borough was Hendon Central, which recorded 12 new cases of the virus.

Schools opened their doors to all pupils on March 8 in the first stage of the Government’s “roadmap” out of lockdown. Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week warned this could have an impact on the spread of the virus.

The next stage of the lockdown lifting is due to take place on March 29. It will see the end of the “stay at home” rule, outdoor socialising allowed between two households following the “rule of six”, and outdoor sports facilities able to reopen.

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 updated.

To protect individuals’ identities, exact numbers are not provided for areas with fewer than three cases of the virus.