UK lockdowns: Wales and Manchester head towards tougher lockdowns

OLI SCARFF / AFP

Around 6 million people in the UK face tougher COVID-19 lockdowns in coming days as Wales and Manchester, mull additional restrictions as the novel coronavirus outbreak accelerates.

The UK recorded 16,982 new daily cases of COVID-19 in the space of 24 hours, according to government data issued on Sunday, up from 16,717 the previous day.

After a public row with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, who accused Johnson of attempting to sacrifice the north of England to save jobs in the south, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said a lockdown could be imposed within days.

"We do need to conclude this," Jenrick said of talks with local leaders, adding that the contours of an agreement were there. Johnson has threatened to impose a lockdown against the will of local leaders if agreement is not possible.

The devolved Welsh government is due on Monday to announce a possible ‘fire break’ set of additional measures to control the virus. Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford is due to make a statement.

"There is a growing consensus we now need to introduce a different set of measures and actions to respond to the virus as it continues to spread across Wales more quickly during the autumn and winter months ahead," a spokesman for the Welsh government said.

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