- Wales is to go into a 17-day "sharp, deep" lockdown from Friday
- All non-essential shops, leisure facilities and places of worship in Wales must close
- Welsh primary schools and years 7 and 8 will return as usual after half term but older students must study at home
- All mixing between households in Wales will be banned, whether indoors or outside
- In England, talks continue over whether Greater Manchester will enter tier 3 of Covid restrictions
- Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick says lives will be put at risk there if action isn't taken soon.
- The number of confirmed cases around the world has passed 40 million
- Italy has announced a new raft of measures to tighten restrictions amid a surge in cases
- In Australia, officials are easing tight restrictions in the state of Victoria after more than 100 days of lockdown
Good morning and welcome to our live page, where we will be bringing all the latest coronavirus updates, as well as breaking news from around the world.
Here are some of the main stories so far this Monday morning:
- A decision on a "short, sharp" national lockdown across Wales is due to be announced by First Minister Mark Drakeford. He's expected to make an announcement shortly after midday. It will follow a meeting of the Welsh government cabinet this morning. The government previously said any "fire-break" lockdown would last "for weeks not months". But Welsh hospitality bosses have warned jobs could be at risk for almost a third of their 140,000-strong workforce
- Talks are to resume on whether Greater Manchester will enter England's highest level of Covid restrictions , after leaders in the region resisted the move, saying better financial support was needed. Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, said he had a "constructive call" with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's team yesterday - and Treasury sources have indicated extra support could be made available.
- Energy regulator Ofgem is introducing new rules this winter to help vulnerable customers struggling to pay their energy bills. Suppliers will be required to offer emergency credit to customers who cannot top up prepayment meters. In March, suppliers voluntarily agreed with the government to support people affected by the pandemic. Ofgem's new measures makes this a formal requirement.
- Elsewhere, Italy has announced a new raft of measures to tighten restrictions . Mayors will have powers to close public areas after 21:00, with the opening times of restaurants and size of groups allowed inside to tighten. The country has recorded its highest daily infection rate for the second day in a row.
The latest figures in the UKIf you're catching up on the news after the weekend, there were 16,982 new cases reported on Sunday.
There were also a further 67 deaths reported within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.
You can find more information here - as well as using our look-up tool to find out about the situation where you live.
Global cases pass 40 millionThe number of confirmed coronavirus infections across the world has passed 40 million, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
More than half of the cases come from just three countries - the US, India and Brazil.
At least 1.1 million people have died with coronavirus since the pandemic began.
What's happening around Europe?Across the continent, a number of countries have strengthened their approach to the virus as the so-called "second wave" of infections continues.
- Italy announced a raft of new measures after it recorded its highest daily infection rate on Sunday. Mayors will be able to close public areas after 21:00 and the opening times of restaurants will be further restricted
- Nine major French cities, including the capital, Paris, have been placed under a 21:00 to 06:00 curfew for at least a month. The country saw a record number of new cases on Saturday
- All bars and restaurants in Belgium have been closed for four weeks. A curfew will also be in force from 00:00-05:00
- Meanwhile, the Czech Republic, which has the highest coronavirus infection rate in Europe, said it would wait two weeks before deciding whether a full lockdown was needed
- Austria has announced new limits on gatherings, with six people allowed to meet indoors and 12 outside. Shops, restaurants, bars and theatres remain open
- And Ireland is set to announce tighter restrictions on Monday. A minister said a localised policy had not been sufficient and implied the cabinet was looking at closing all non-essential businesses
You can read more about how Europe is responding to the pandemic here.
Wales to enter circuit-breaker lockdownWales is to start a two-week "firebreak" lockdown, starting later this week, First Minister Mark Drakeford says.
It will last from 23 October to 9 November.
It is a "short sharp shock" to stop the clock in the fight against the virus he said.
It comes after a meeting of the Welsh Government cabinet this morning. They considered advice from experts before making the decision.
More details on the Wales national lockdown"Unless we act the NHS will not be able to look after the increasing number of people who are falling seriously ill, even with the extra 5,000 beds that we have available for this winter," says Mr Drakeford.
The two-week firebreak will start at 18:00 on Friday 24 October.
It will include the half-term holiday and end on Monday 9 November.
"This firebreak is the shortest we can make but that means it will be sharp and deep in order to have the impact," said Mr Drakeford.
He said from 23 October to 9 November:
- everyone in Wales will be required to stay at home. This means working from home wherever that is possible
- All non-essential retail, leisure and tourism businesses will close, as well as community centres, libraries and places of worship (except for funerals and wedding ceremonies)
- As a result over this period childcare facilities will stay open.
All gatherings banned with those outside householdAll gatherings indoors and outdoors with people not from other households will be banned, says First Minister Mark Drakeford.
People must stay at home but exercise will be permitted, the first minister has told the briefing.
Other measures include the closure of close-contact services like hairdressers and beauticians.
'Real risk' of NHS being overwhelmed, says DrakefordWales's First Minister Mark Drakeford said: "There no easy choices in front of us as the virus spreads rapidly in every part of Wales.
"If we do not act now it will continue to accelerate."
He said there was then a "real risk" the NHS could be overwhelmed.
"Most starkly of all, even more people will die from this deadly virus," he said.
If action were not taken now, in a time-limited way, there could be an "open-ended lockdown" like that in March, he added.
Students to stay in university accommodation in WalesStudents will have to stay in their university accommodation rather than going home to their families elsewhere, says Drakeford.
University learning will continue to be a blend of in-person and online lessons, he says.
More tier 3 areas 'mean national lockdown by the back door'Sean Fielding, Labour leader of Oldham Council, told BBC Breakfast negotiations between the government and leaders in Greater Manchester over whether the region should go into tier three restrictions have "moved on" from last week but he was yet to receive details of a new financial offer.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Friday that he might have to "intervene" if Greater Manchester did not come on board and agree to entering the toughest tier of coronavirus measures.
Greater Manchester leaders including Mr Fielding, and Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham have been holding out for more financial help for those whose incomes would be affected by the restrictions - but Mr Fielding stressed "this isn't an argument just about money".
There are concerns about whether or not moving to a higher tier of restrictions would actually bring down the infection rate, he said, adding that he would prefer a short, England-wide lockdown, which he says would be cheaper in the long run, as tier-three restrictions could "run on and on".
Simply moving more levels to tier three is "a national lockdown by the back door" said Mr Fielding, in an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
And he argued that the current situation meant people from tier three areas such as Liverpool City Region were able to travel elsewhere to go to the pub - and that this simply was "moving the problem down the road".
Government 'hopeful' amid Manchester restrictions rowTalks are to resume today on whether Greater Manchester will enter the highest level of Covid restrictions, after leaders in the region said better financial support was needed.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast this morning, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said he was "hopeful" an agreement could be reached.
He added: "People in Greater Manchester want a single, co-ordinated, public health message. That is why we have gone to so much trouble to try to reach an agreement with local leaders.
"I hope that they will, today, come forward, support us and that we can reach that sort of agreement. If not, then we will have to consider other options.
"Because, obviously, the government has over-arching responsibility to protect people in all parts of the country, including in Greater Manchester, but ... doing so by imposition has never been our desired approach."
So what are the rules in different parts of England?England is now divided into three areas, in terms of coronavirus restrictions - tier one, tier two and tier three.
Currently, Lancashire and the Liverpool City Region are in tier three, the highest level of restrictions - with tight rules on meeting up and for businesses, including that pubs and bars must close unless they are serving substantial meals.
Areas that are in tier two include London and Essex - which means you cannot mix with people from other households indoors.
For tier one, you can only meet in groups of six, and pubs and bars close at 22:00.
The tier a region is put into depends on the level of infections there.
For all of the details on the rules, have a look at our feature here.
Lockdown eased in Australia's Victoria as cases fallCoronavirus rules in the Australian state of Victoria have been eased after more than 100 days of lockdown.
The changes came into effect on Monday, with people now able to travel further and meet up with more friends without a time limit on how long they spend outside the home.
But strict measures remain in place for restaurants and retailers, limiting them to takeaway and delivery options.
The city of Melbourne, which has been under stricter lockdown, has also relaxed its rules.
According to the state's health department, two new daily cases were recorded in Victoria on Sunday - far below a peak of 687 reported on 4 August.
Find out more about the new rules in Melbourne and Victoria here .
UK and Scottish governments clash over testingThere's a row brewing in Scotland over who is responsible for a delay to the publication of Covid test results.
On Sunday there were 316 new cases were recorded in 24 hours - a dramatic drop from 1,167 on Saturday.
The Scottish government said there was a "testing capacity issue" with the UK government Lighthouse lab in Glasgow, causing 64,000 tests to be re-routed to other sites.
The UK government, however, said this was "categorically untrue".
A post on the Scottish government website said an increase in the number of positive Covid test results was expected on Monday and Tuesday.
Read more about the row here.