Coronavirus infection rates in Greater Manchester are continuing to fall, with cases in Oldham dropping by over 100 in the space of a week.
A day after the Government announced tighter restrictions for the borough, the rate fell from 71.7 to 63.7.
In the week ending August 19, there were 820 cases of Covid-19 across Greater Manchester, the lowest seven-day total since August 2.
The infection rate across nine out of the ten boroughs is continuing to fall, with only a minor increase in cases in Wigan.
Across Greater Manchester there were 113 new cases confirmed today. The infection rates are calculated up to three days ago – Wednesday August 19 – because of the delay in reporting cases.
In the week ending August 19, there were 820 cases reported across all ten areas of Greater Manchester, which is 263 fewer than the previous week.
The number of coronavirus cases has fallen most significantly week-on-week in Oldham, Stockport, Tameside and Bolton.
In Oldham, there were 151 cases in the week ending August 19, which is a drop of 110 from the week before.
The infection rate is still at red alert, with targeted measures around household mixing having been implemented on Friday (22 August).
Werneth has now overtaken Alexandra Park as the borough’s Covid hotspot, with 32 cases recorded in the ward from August 12 to 18.
In Bolton, cases stood at 42 in the week ending August 19, which is down by 51 per cent from the week before.
The alert level in the borough remains green, with the infection rate continuing to fall.
Infection rates in Manchester, Rochdale, Salford and Bury remain on amber alert, but cases are continuing to fall in all five boroughs.
Tameside, Trafford, Bolton, Stockport, and Wigan remain on a green alert level.
Stockport and Tameside have both seen sharp falls in the number of coronavirus cases over the last seven days.
In the week ending August 19, there were 42 cases in Stockport, which is a fall of 36 week-on-week.
Wigan saw a small rise of four cases in the last week, but the infection rate remains significantly lower than all over boroughs at 9.7.
The borough will be removed from the local lockdown from Wednesday 26 August.
Wigan has consistently been the borough with the lowest number of coronavirus cases in Greater Manchester over recent weeks.
And other borough’s across the conurbation could be removed from lockdown in the coming weeks, if cases continue to fall.
The number of coronavirus cases across Greater Manchester began to rise around July 16th and local lockdown measures were announced on July 30.
But after reaching a peak of 1083 cases in the week ending August 12, the number of weekly cases across the region has fallen every day over the following six days to reach 820 in the week ending August 19.
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.