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Announcement on South Yorkshire moving into Tier 3 to be made today

Written by on 21/10/2020

An announcement about South Yorkshire moving into tier three is to be made shortly, according to the Housing Secretary.

Robert Jenrick appeared on Sky News this morning (Wednesday) and said there has “successful conversations” with Sheffield City Region Mayor, Dan Jarvis and South Yorkshire leaders regarding the coronavirus restrictions.

The news comes after Greater Manchester was forced into tier 3 by the Government yesterday (Tuesday) after talks collapsed.

However, cases in South Yorkshire continue to rise with the majority of coronavirus hotspots found in Sheffield.

Yesterday, the city, however, did see a drop in its infection rate whereas Barnsley saw a sharp surge in its coronavirus infection rate from 254 per 100,000 to 388.9.

Speaking to Kay Burley, Mr Jenrick said: “We have had successful conversations with him (Dan Jarvis) and with the leaders of South Yorkshire. Again, there’s a serious situation there and rightly they wanted to take action, we discussed that over the course of yesterday and early this morning. An announcement will be made shortly.”

He said the Government has had “quite detailed” conversations through Tuesday and Wednesday morning regarding South Yorkshire.

He said he expects an announcement to be made by mayor Dan Jarvis later on Wednesday.

Asked when new restrictions would come into place, he told BBC Breakfast: “I think you’ll have to wait for that. It’s best if people living in South Yorkshire wait to see that announcement from him and from the Government.

“But it will be made very shortly.”

Latest infection rates

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 16; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to October 16; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 9; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to October 9.

  • Sheffield 406.1 (2375), 466.6 (2729) ↓

  • Barnsley 388.9 (960), 254.0 (627) ↑

  • Rotherham 350.0 (929), 272.0 (722) ↑

  • Doncaster 310.4 (968), 202.0 (630) ↑