England's upcoming second national coronavirus lockdown should have happened weeks ago, according to Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis.
From Thursday, England will enter a second lockdown with pubs, restaurants, gyms, non-essential shops and places of worship closing, but schools, colleges and universities can stay open.
But Mr Jarvis, Barnsley's Labour MP and city region mayor, says the country should instead have been placed into lockdown weeks ago.
He said: "The government’s own scientific advisors gave clear advice on the need for a lockdown almost six weeks ago, and warned that not acting immediately to reduce cases would have catastrophic consequences.
"If that was not enough, there was a brutally clear lesson from the first wave about the cost of delay both in lives and economic damage."
Mr Jarvis added that the new restrictions were "necessary to sage lives" and people "must make them work".
"We must not repeat the mistakes of the past eight months," he said.