Published:Friday, 23 Oct 2020 09:10
Stricter coronavirus rules are coming into force for nearly six million Britons.
Greater Manchester’s population of 2.8 million joined Liverpool City Region and Lancashire in England’s highest tier of restrictions at midnight.
And from 18:00 BST, the 3.1 million people in Wales will have to stay at home as a 17-day lockdown begins.
It comes as a minister said there was a “common purpose here to get the virus down” so people could enjoy Christmas.
“I think few people expect it to be exactly as it would normally,” said Chief Secretary to the Treasury Stephen Barclay – but “the ability of families to spend Christmas together” was “something we all hope to be in a position to do”.
The UK recorded another 189 deaths and 21,242 new confirmed cases on Thursday.