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Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has once again explained the rationale behind the government's regional approach to trying to halt the spread of coronavirus.
The Newark MP was speaking after national lockdowns were announced in France and Germany yesterday.
He told BBC Breakfast: "The judgement we're making today is if we follow the regionalised approach, we've got a good prospect of getting this under control because the alternative, we know, is very destructive and damaging to people's livelihoods.
"That matters because the scarring affect of unemployment stays with families and individuals for a very long time and it also has much broader impacts on health, mental health and wellbeing. So it's got to be viewed as a last resort."
Talks about South Yorkshire being moved into tier three - very high alert - coronavirus restrictions were "constructive", the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has said.Copyright: PA Media
Robert Jenrick hinted on BBC Breakfast this morning that South Yorkshire was to be moved into tier three of the coronavirus alert system.
This was confirmed at 09:00 from Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region.
Mr Jenrick said with South Yorkshire moving from alert level "High" to "Very High" from Saturday, he wanted to thank Dan Jarvis and the leaders of local councils.
He said: "Given rates are among the highest in the country I am pleased we were able to reach an agreement that ensures swift action is taken in accordance with the public health advice.
"I fully recognise the huge impact this will have on communities in the area and the sacrifices people will be making. That’s why we have agreed an extensive package of support for local people, businesses and councils."
He added: "The restrictions agreed together will only be in place for as long as they are absolutely necessary. They will be reviewed jointly in 28 days' time.
"The government will be working with local leaders as we tackle this challenge, for the benefit of all the people of South Yorkshire."
Newark MP Robert Jenrick has said it was right that the whole of Nottinghamshire has been put into the "tier two" category.
Nottingham has the country's highest infection of 834.2 per 100,000 people but avoided the toughest level of measures, and joined the county in being placed on "high" alert.
The housing secretary said the county was one functioning economic area.Copyright: PA Media
"The city has a particular challenge - as a number of others do - with universities," he said.
"There's a high number of cases at the two universities so further action's being taken there.
"But it was decided - and I think this is the right judgement as a local MP - that it would be a false choice to have different measures in Nottingham to those in the county because my constituents go into the city to work, go to hospital, go to school."