There are calls for Boris Johnson to make a further coronavirus announcement in a press conference later today (October 29).
It is thought that the Prime Minister could address the nation once again with potential new areas set to move towards the toughest “very-high level” Tier Three coronavirus restrictions.
Earlier this week it was announced that the whole of Nottinghamshire will enter Tier 3 from today, rather than just four of its eight boroughs as previously planned.
Warrington also entered Tier 3 earlier this week, joining Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and South Yorkshire.
And finally, both West Yorkshire and the North East are currently in Tier 2 but are in talks about possibly entering Tier 3.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said discussions will take place today over increased restrictions for Leeds and West Yorkshire.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We’re having discussions later today with Leeds and West Yorkshire where there’s also a concerning rise in the number of cases and pressure on the local NHS.”
The push for further information comes as Labour called for Boris Johnson to hold a press conference to address the findings of the Imperial College study, which indicated England’s coronavirus cases were doubling every nine days.
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “This study reveals just how serious the situation we are now in is. The virus is growing nationwide.
“This will inevitably lead to more loss of life, more serious harm, immense pressure on the NHS and a slow, damaging drag on the economy.
“Boris Johnson must hold a press conference later today to update the nation and outline what steps he will now take to get control of the virus and save lives.”