The mayor of Greater Manchester has said lockdown rules could be relaxed in the next coming days in some areas of the North.
Andy Burnham said the restrictions would be eased where case numbers have dropped but could be tightened even further in the worst-hit areas.
For the past two weeks areas of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire have been under strict restrictions compared to the rest of the UK.
Mr Burnham told the Sunday Mirror there will be weekly reviews of the lockdown, and then an announcement will be made.
He said: ‘Hopefully, we will begin to see some people getting released. If things stay as they are I think it is likely that we would see a change.
‘Our cases are flattening – with one exception, Oldham – and we are starting to turn the tide in most of our boroughs. The hope is, maybe we will have a better time ahead of us.’
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