Greater Manchester’s infection rate has dropped to its lowest since the end of September.
The latest Public Health England (PHE) data shows that the spread of infection across all 10 boroughs continues to fall.
The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.
The overall rate for Greater Manchester is 301.4 – the lowest since September 29.
In total, 2773 new coronavirus cases were added today – the smallest daily increase since October 2.
Meanwhile, Trafford’s rate has now fallen below the rate for England as a whole. It’s the first time any area in Greater Manchester has had an infection rate below the national average since September.
The borough’s rate was 212.3 per 100,000 in the seven days leading up to November 19 (the most up-to-date data set).
The infection rate is still the highest in Oldham at 418.8 per 100,000. Nevertheless, the town’s rate is down by 31pc over seven days.
The latest infection rates for Greater Manchester are:
Oldham – 418.8, down 31pc
Rochdale – 408.7 down 24pc
Bury – 344.0, down 31pc
Bolton – 339.8, down 26pc
Wigan – 327.7, down 30pc
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Salford – 307.1, down 34pc
Manchester – 283.6, down 27pc
Tameside – 282.1, down 34pc
Stockport – 232.8, down 33pc
Trafford – 212.3, down 41pc
Boris Johnson unveiled the new stricter tier system that will come into force at the end of the national lockdown on December 2.
People in Greater Manchester will learn what life will look like in the run-up to Christmas later this week.
Ministers will decide on Thursday – using the latest data available – what tier the region will be placed into.
Though Greater Manchester’s infection rates have been steadily falling our infections rates are still high compared to other parts of the country.
Mr Johnson told MPs as he appeared remotely in the Commons: “From next Wednesday people will be able to leave their home for any purpose and meet others in outdoor public spaces, subject to the rule of six, collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume, and shops, personal care, gyms and the wider leisure sector can reopen.
“But without sensible precautions, we would risk the virus escalating into a winter or New Year surge.
“The incidents of the disease is, alas, still widespread in many areas.”