Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to make another statement to the nation on Wednesday as a new area moves towards the toughest very -high level Tier Three coronavirus restrictions.
According to Sky News, Mr Johnson will make a statement today on the future of South Yorkshire – which has been locked in talks over tougher restrictions.
On Tuesday Mr Johnson addressed the whole country to confirm that Greater Manchester will have Tier Three rules imposed after talks to reach agreement with local leaders broke down.
On Wednesday Mr Johnson will face MPs for Prime Minister’s Questions at midday.
He is expected to make another statement later.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told Sky News: “It’s not right for me to pre-empt a full statement that the prime minister and [Sheffield city region mayor] Dan Jarvis will make later today.
“But we have had very successful conversations with him and with the leaders in South Yorkshire.
“Again there’s a serious situation there and rightly they wanted to take action.
“We’ve discussed that over the course of yesterday and early this morning and an announcement will be made shortly.”
Mr Jenrick said it was “a great shame” that the Government was unable to reach an agreement with leaders in Greater Manchester after having tried “extremely hard”.
He told Sky News the clear public advice he received was that Greater Manchester was facing “a serious and deteriorating situation”, and that the Government needed to act.
“We probably in honesty should have acted a few days ago but we hadn’t been able to reach an agreement with the mayor of Greater Manchester,” he said.
Mr Jenrick said “very productive” conversations have taken place with the mayor of Sheffield Dan Jarvis.
“Those discussions are coming to a conclusion this morning, I hope,” he said.
Mr Jarvis tweeted on Monday night that he was ready to work with the Government but it had not yet offered enough support.