Teenagers gathering in groups led to a small spike in coronavirus cases that is now passing, according to Barnet’s public heath chief.
Dr Tamara Djuretic, director of public health for Barnet Council, said the rate of infection in the borough had risen to around 25 to 26 per 100,000 people during the past couple of weeks.
This was due to “a number of small, private gatherings that took place among teenagers in the borough and also in Brent, Borehamwood and Enfield”, she added.
But the infection rate had fallen over the last few days and “is now around 19 or 20 per 100,000, which is really reassuring”, the health official said.
Dr Djuretic was speaking at a meeting of the adults and safeguarding committee on Thursday (September 17), where she updated councillors on the local response to the pandemic.
Her comments came as rising cases across the UK led to more localised lockdowns – and some people reported being unable to book coronavirus tests.