Stockport now has the lowest coronavirus infection rate in Greater Manchester.
The rate of infection in the borough is 11.2 cases per 100,000 people, which is lower than Wigan’s rate of 12.2 in the week ending August 22.
Wigan will be removed from local lockdown measures which were implemented last month on Wednesday (August 26).
Stockport had just 33 cases in the week ending August 22, which was down from 63 in the previous week.
Rates are calculated up to three days ago because of the delay in reporting cases.
Residents living in the borough remain subject to tighter lockdown restrictions, but measures could be removed if the rate of infection remains low.
Numbers are also falling significantly in Bolton, where the infection rate is 16.3.
A total of 47 positive cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the week ending August 22 – down from 83 the week before.
Numbers are also decreasing in Trafford, Salford and Oldham.
The infection rate in Oldham has been consistently falling since extra measures around household mixing were implemented last week.
There were 135 cases in the week ending August 22, which is now down by 33 per cent week-on-week.
In Wigan, where lockdown measures are due to be relaxed, there has been an increase in infections.
The infection rate there is 12.2, with 40 cases recorded in the week ending August 22, which is up by eight from the week before.
Bury is the only other borough in the conurbation where the number of cases appears to be increasing.
The infection rate there is now 35.1, with 67 cases recorded for August 22, an increase of four week-on-week.
The seven-day total across Greater Manchester was 820, and that has fallen for the 8th day in a row, down from 1,059 for week ending Aug 14.
A number of new coronavirus hotspots have been identified across Greater Manchester in the last week.
Firswood in the north of Trafford has seen 14 new cases between August 14 and August 20.
The area joins the likes of Cheetham Hill and Crumpsall South in Manchester, which have seen 10 and 13 new cases respectively in the same period.
It is the second week in a row that Crumpsall South has seen a double figure increase in new cases.
Other areas of new concern across Greater Manchester include Moss Side West, with 10 new cases, and Levenshulme North with 12.
Manchester has been close to being upgraded to a ‘red alert’ level over its infection rates for the last few weeks.
The latest data shows the city has 44 cases per 100,000, with the minimum threshold to become a red alert at 50 per 100,000.
Areas of Oldham, which has been one of the worst affected places in England, remain particularly badly hit, with 17 new cases this week in Chadderton North, 12 in Oldham Town North, 13 in Busk, 24 in Alexandra Park and a massive 30 in Werneth.