The seven-day coronavirus infection rate dropped in Barnet in the week after lockdown restrictions on socialising were eased.

The borough recorded 25 new cases of the virus per 100,000 people in the week to April 8 – down by 17 per cent on the previous seven-day figure.

Edgware East was the worst-affected part of Barnet, with 11 cases of Covid-19, according to a Government map showing areas with similar populations.

High Barnet and Hadley recorded eight cases, Grahame Park and Colindale saw seven, West Hendon recorded six, while there were four in Burnt Oak and Watling Park and Golders Green North.

Three cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Mill Hill East, Edgware Central, West Finchley, Copthall and Downage, Hendon Park, North Cricklewood and East Finchley.

The remaining parts of the borough all saw fewer than three cases of the virus.

It comes after outdoor mixing was allowed in groups of six, or a larger group of any size from up to two households (including their support bubbles), from March 29.

A further stage in the lifting of lockdown came on Monday, when pubs, hairdressers, non-essential shops and gyms were allowed to reopen – although hospitality venues can only serve people outdoors.

All adults in the UK aged over 50 have now been offered a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the Government.

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.