Coronavirus news — live: Wales to enter total lockdown from Friday and Manchester talks end without a deal

Kate Ng and Peter Stubley
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A two-week “firebreak” lockdown will be imposed across Wales from 6pm on Friday to curb the spread of coronavirus and prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said the “sharp and deep” new restrictions would last for 17 days and would require everyone except key workers to stay at home.

Meanwhile the deadlock over tier 3 restrictions in Greater Manchester, which have been resisted by leaders there since last week, may come to a head after further talks on Monday ended without a deal.

Mayor Andy Burnham has pressed for a Commons vote to break the “impasse”, while the government said that ministers were now “considering next steps”.