Weekly cases of Covid-19 across Tameside have dropped down to single figures in areas that had been hotspots for the virus.
The infection rate has fallen for another subsequent week in the borough, and now stands at 145.7 cases per 100,000 people as of Wednesday, down 44pc from the previous week.
This places Tameside as the third lowest local authority in Greater Manchester for its infection rate.
The success of the four week lockdown in suppressing the virus has led to cases falling in almost all areas of the borough.
The latest local data shows that while Ashton Central remains Tameside’s biggest hotspot, the neighbourhood has recorded a big drop in cases, down to 29 in the week to November 27 compared to 49 in the seven days to November 10.
However the hard-hit district of Droylsden has seen the biggest reduction in new incidences of the virus.
In the week to November 27 there were 44 cases in both Droylsden Central and Droylsden East, but just seven and six cases were recorded respectively in the latest weekly data.
Cases in Droylsden West have dropped down to 14 cases.
The lowest number of cases across the whole borough was recorded in Mottram, Hollingworth and Broadbottom where there were less than three in the seven day period according to government data.
There are now 15 neighbourhoods where incidences of coronavirus have dropped into single figures.
In her latest leader’s blog, council leader Brenda Warrington said that given declining rates, she agrees with the position of Mayor Andy Burnham that they have a ‘very strong case’ to move out of Tier 3 restrictions at the ‘earliest opportunity’.
However she added: “With the announcement of progress being made on a number of vaccines, I hope that we may be finally reaching the beginning of the end of this terrible pandemic.
“However, even the best possible scenario shows that we will be living with the coronavirus for many months to come.
“Now more than ever, we need to do what we must to protect ourselves and others, and we need the right support from the government to help make it happen.”
The latest weekly cases for the borough, broken up into Middle layer Super Output Areas (MSOA) which are sorted by population:
Ashton Central – 29
Hyde North – 24
Mossley – 21
Ashton East – 19
Godley – 19
Cheetham Fold and Gee Cross – 18
Guide Bridge – 17
Hyde South – 16
Smallshaw – 16
Carrbrook and Micklehurst – 15
Denton South – 14
Droylsden West – 14
Hurst Cross – 14
Stalybridge East & Swineshaw – 13
Ashton Waterloo – 11
Denton North – 9
Dukinfield East & Hough Hill – 8
Ashton North – 7
Dane Bank – 7
Droylsden Central – 7
Dukinfield West – 7
Newtonmoor – 7
Stalybridge South – 7
Droylsden East – 6
Denton East – 5
Audenshaw – 4
Denton West – 4
Hattersley – 4
Stalybridge North – 4
Mottram, Hollingworth and Broadbottom – fewer than 3 cases