Greater Manchester has seen the lowest number in cases of coronavirus since July 28, local data shows.
Figures released today (August 24) show that cases are continuing to fall in eight out of the 10 boroughs in the week ending August 21.
The infection rate is trending downwards week-on-week in Oldham, Trafford, Salford, Stockport, and Bolton.
Rates are calculated up to three days ago – Friday August 21 – because of the delay in reporting cases.
In the week ending August 21, there were 805 cases of Covid-19, which is the lowest number since Greater Manchester was placed under tighter lockdown measures.
The number of cases in Bolton has halved in the space of a week, dropping from 84 at the week ending August 15 to 37 in the week ending August 21.
Bolton’s infection rate is still classed as ‘green’ at just 12.9 cases per 100,000 population.
In Oldham, where further measures around household mixing have been implemented, the infection rate alert level remains at red.
But the rate is falling, with 144 cases in the week ending August, 21 – a fall by 36 per cent cases in the last seven days.
Werneth remains the borough’s coronavirus hotspot, with 30 cases in the week between August 14 and August 20.
In both Bury and Wigan, the number of cases have risen by two week-on-week, to 63 and 36 respectively in the week ending August 21.
The infection rate in Bury is rising, having reached 30.9 on August 20, and 32.99 by August 21.
In Stockport, cases are falling at a rate of 39 per cent week-on-week, with 39 cases recorded in the last seven days.
Cases in Trafford and Salford are also falling rapidly, at a rate of 35 per cent and 26 per cent respectively, week-on-week.
There were 89 new cases of coronavirus recorded in Greater Manchester today (August 24).
At the end of last month, the government announced that residents across Greater Manchester would not be able to meet people from different households indoors.
After concerns about increasing rates in Oldham, people across the town are no longer able to meet with members of other households anywhere, even outside in public places such as parks.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has said that the coronavirus restrictions across the boroughs are working, and that infection rates are starting to ‘move in the right direction.’
“I think we are beginning to see the numbers move in the right direction and that includes Oldham, which saw a noticeable fall in the number of cases this week, and we have begun to see falls in other Greater Manchester boroughs as well,” Mr Burnham told the BBC on Sunday.
“We had the restrictions introduced about three weeks ago and I would say we have begun to see these restrictions are now working, so fingers crossed we can see more boroughs released from these measures soon.
“But on the whole we think it was right to put these restrictions in and hopefully people can see now they were put in for a good reason.”
The number of people who have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus has also continued to stay very low during the recent outbreak of new cases.
The government has indicated that it will take action to impose local restrictions wherever infection rates start to rise.