Coronavirus infection rates are dropping dramatically in some neighbourhoods of Greater Manchester - while the rate in other areas is continuing to rise.

The latest Public Health England data reveals that in the week ending November 18, infection rates dropped by as much as 79 per cent in Hale, Trafford.

Though in the region's Covid-19 hotspot in Chadderton Central, Oldham, it increased by 15 per cent and the neighbourhood recorded an infection rate of 704.9 per 100,000 in a week.

Castleton and Trub in Rochdale had the second highest infection rate at 677.2.

Hotspots have also appeared in Lever Edge in Bolton, Clifton Green and Pendlebury East in Salford, Heald Green East in Stockport and Little Lever in Bolton.

In contrast, Covid infection rates have fallen dramatically in many neighbourhoods across the region.

The coronavirus hotspots in Greater Manchester for the week ending November 18

In Hale, the area's infection rate was recorded at 106.5 per 100,000 people in the week ending November 18 - this has decreased by 79 per cent.

Rates also dropped dramatically in Romiley and Compstall in Stockport by 75 per cent and Heald Green West in Stockport by 73 per cent.

Other areas where infection rates have fallen include Greenfield and Uppermill in Oldham, Urmston East in Trafford, Swinton SE and Pendlebury West in Salford and Tyldesley South in Wigan.

No neighbourhoods in the region recorded an infection rate of more than 1,000, which would mean that at least 1 per cent of the local population tested positive for Covid-19 in the space of just one week.

The fastest falling coronavirus rates in Greater Manchester for the week ending November 18

While the overall rate in Greater Manchester remains high, the latest figures show it dropped to its lowest since the end of September and now stands at 301.4 per 100,000.

This comes after Boris Johnson announced a new 'tougher' three-tier system on Monday (November 23) which will come into place after the national lockdown ends.

The tiers in which areas will be placed into will be decided later this week, the Prime Minister said as he announced his 'Covid winter plan'.

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It was also announced today (Tuesday) that restrictions will be relaxed across the UK over the Christmas period.

According to the Press Association, three households will be allowed to mix for up to five days in a plan to allow families to reunite at Christmas, government sources said.

The latest coronavirus infection rates across the country are posted on a UK government interactive map which is updated by the public health officials.

On the map, the country is split up into statistical areas known as Middle Super Output Areas (MSOAs), which are generally larger than council wards and have a population of between 5,000 and 15,000.

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