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Covid rate remains low at Barnet as lockdown easing continues UK News

The rate of coronavirus infection has remained low in Barnet as the government has given the green light for a further step in easing the lockdown.

The rate was 16 new cases per 100,000 population in the seven days to May 6 – about two months after the restrictions began to be lifted.

This is a slight increase from the figure of 14 cases per 100,000 seen in the previous seven days.

Speaking on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that the third stage of the government’s roadmap to come out of the lockdown will go as planned on May 17.

This means indoor mixing and overnight stays in groups of up to six people or two households will be allowed, while hotels and indoor entertainment venues will be able to reopen.

The government is releasing a map showing cases in areas known as mid-layer superproduction areas – parts of boroughs that have similar populations.

Updated daily, the map shows that in the seven days leading up to May 6, most areas of Barnet experienced fewer than three cases of Covid-19 – the lowest figure available.

Colindale was the worst affected area, with six cases.

The following regions have recorded rates of three to five cases: Burnt Oak, Grahame Park, West Hendon, Temple Fortune, East Finchley, Friern Barnet, Oakleigh Park.

The map is available at:

According to the Barnet Council’s latest Covid-19 update, released on Tuesday, hospital admissions are now on average less than one per day. The report adds that on May 4, there were 15 coronavirus patients in beds at the Royal Free Hospital, five of whom required mechanical ventilation.

There have been no new cases of Covid-19 among nursing home residents since early March, the update reveals.

Data on the infection rate 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 continuously updated.

To protect the identity of individuals, exact numbers are not provided for areas with less than three cases of the virus.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-12 12:00:28