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UK offers Manchester money to impose tougher lockdown

LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government hopes to reach an agreement shortly with local leaders in Manchester to impose a stricter COVID-19 lockdown, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said on Monday.

Jenrick said the government had offered Manchester more money. “This does now need to be brought to a conclusion,” he said.

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. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by James Davey)

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