The latest weekly figures from Public Health England (PHE) show Pendle, Oldham, Blackburn along with Darwen, Manchester, Rochdale and Salford have all shown a reduction in positive tests, although they remain close to the top of the PHE league table.
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In Bury, however, the latest statistics show an increase in cases.
But her weekly rate of 31.6 infections per 100,000 population is still half that of Pendle, which stands at 67.8.
The latest UK R number has remained the same and is between 0.9 and 1.1.
This means that the infection rate is either broadly stable or increasing slightly.
Restrictions are now expected to be lifted in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire where coronavirus cases have decreased.
From Wednesday September 2, different households will be able to meet again in Bolton, Stockport, Trafford, Burnley, Hyndburn, parts of Bradford excluding Bradford and Keighley, parts of Calderdale excluding Halifax and parts of Kirklees excluding Dewsbury and Batley.
This means that more than a million people will be able to mingle with family and friends again – under national social distancing rules – for the first time since the restrictions were announced on July 30.
Businesses and organizations, including bowling alleys and indoor play areas – which opened elsewhere in England on August 15 – will also be allowed to open in the areas listed above.
In Leicester, however, current restrictions will remain in place for another two weeks as cases remain high. Although the latest figures show the downward trend in the city, the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants is still 49.5, which places it fourth in the English ranking.
Swindon has seen an increase in cases (43.7 per 100,000) and will be offered increased support, although households will not be separated.
Stoke-On-Trent has also seen an increase in positive results.
Other areas on the watch list include Northampton, Birmingham, Peterborough and Slough.
Public Health England said “COVID-19 activity has remained stable nationwide”.
He added: ‘England case detections fell from 6,871 in week 33 to 5,965 in week 34. Case rates were highest in the North West and Yorkshire and Humber. ”
In terms of age, the greatest number of positive tests was found among the 15 to 44 age group, he said.
It should be noted that comparisons between recent and past cases should be made with caution.
The number of confirmed cases depends heavily on the number of people and people tested.
That has changed a lot since the start of the pandemic, with the number of tests processed each day increasing dramatically.
Community testing has also been expanded. Previously, access was limited to symptomatic patients and key workers.