Good morning. Tier 3 is spreading across England like a rash. Yesterday afternoon Boris Johnson confirmed that Greater Manchester was joining Liverpool city region and Lancashire in the very high alert level tier 3, where the strictest coronavirus restrictions apply. And this morning it has just been confirmed that South Yorkshire is joining them. My colleague Helen Pidd has the latest here.
Speaking on Sky News earlier, Robert Jenrick, the communities secretary, appeared to commend local leaders in Sheffield city region, where Dan Jarvis, the Labour MP, is the metro mayor. (He still sits in the Commons because that mayoralty currently has very few powers.) Jenrick said:
We have had very successful conversations with him and with the leaders of South Yorkshire. Again there’s a serious situation there, and rightly they wanted to take action.
That seemed an obvious dig at Andy Burnham.
Here is the agenda for the day.
10.15am: Prof John Edmunds, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine epidemiologist and Sage contributor, and Sir Ian Diamond, head of the ONS, are among scientists giving evidence to the Commons science and health committees, who are holding a joint inquiry into lessons to be learnt from coronavirus.
12pm: Boris Johnson faces Sir Keir Starmer at PMQs.
12.15pm: The Scottish government is due to hold its coronavirus briefing.
12.15pm: The Welsh government is due to hold
Around 12.45pm: MPs begin two opposition day debates on Labour motions on fair economic support for areas under Covid restrictions, and on free school meals. The votes will be at around 4pm and then at 7pm.
Politics Live has been doubling up as the UK coronavirus live blog for some time and, given the way the Covid crisis eclipses everything, this will continue for the foreseeable future. But we will be covering non-Covid political stories too, like Brexit, and when they seem more important or more interesting, they will take precedence.
Here is our global coronavirus live blog.
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