Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced on Thursday that from one-minute past midnight on Saturday, Slough, Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent will be placed into tier 2.
Coronavirus cases are doubling every two weeks and the areas alert level has now risen to “high” meaning people are banned from mixing in any setting.
Hancock warned that Warrington could be moving into tier 3 as cases are rising and formal discussion with local leaders have started.
He told MPs in the House of Commons, “Unfortunately, we’re seeing rising rates of infection in Stoke-on-Trent, in Coventry and in Slough. In all of these areas, there are over 100 positive cases per 100,000 people.
“Cases are doubling around every fortnight and we’re seeing a concerning increase of cases among the over-60s.
“So, we’ve agreed in partnership with local leaders to move these areas into the high local alert level, coming into force at one minute past midnight on Saturday.”