A plain-speaking pensioner from Barnsley said she doesn't 'give a sod' about staying at home despite the area heading for Tier 3 restrictions this weekend.

The 83-year-old will soon be one of 7m in England under the strictest coronavirus measures.

From midnight Saturday the South Yorkshire areas of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield will move under Tier 3, joining Manchester, Lancashire and Liverpool.

This bans households mixing indoors, travelling to areas outside Tier 3, pubs closing that don't serve food and the additional South Yorkshire rules including the closure of betting shops, casinos, soft play centres, and gym classes - but gyms will stay open.

On Wednesday there were a further 191 deaths across the UK from Covid-19 and 26,668 fresh infections.

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Sheffield is heading into Tier 3 measures this weekend

Speaking to BBC News yesterday afternoon the 83-year-old Barnsley resident said that at her age she doesn't 'give a sod' and that she would not be 'fastened in a house' for her remaining years by the 'ridiculous' restrictions.

The shopper told the broadcaster: "I think it's all ridiculous, we should never have been in lockdown. All the people who were vulnerable should have been helped and kept home safe.

"And all the rest of us, I'm 83, I don't give a sod.

"I look at it this way, I've not got all that many years left of me and I'm not going to be fastened in a house when the government have got it all wrong.

The 83-year-old said "I've not got all that many years left of me"
The unknown pensioner told the BBC 'I don't give a sod'

"We need...how can we get the country on its feet? Money-wise? Where's all the money?

"By the end of this year there's going to be millions of people unemployed and you know who's going to pay for it? All the young ones. Not me because I'm going to be dead."

As the second wave of coronavirus infections began to grow pace in late September Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government's chief scientific adviser, warned: "a lot of people say, well, can’t people just be allowed to take their own risk?

"The problem with a pandemic or an epidemic infection like this is if I as an individual increase my risk, I increase the risk to everyone around me and then everyone who’s a contact of theirs, and sooner or later the chain will meet people who are vulnerable or elderly or have a long term problem from Covid.

People wear face masks and PPE in Sheffield

"So you cannot in an epidemic just take your own risk. Unfortunately, you’re taking a risk on behalf of everybody else."

The unknown pensioner was speaking to the BBC  following the news that South Yorkshire has secured a £41million deal with the government on entering the Tier 3 bracket - for contact tracing, enforcement and business support.

The sum granted to South Yorkshire is roughly in line with that handed to Merseyside and Lancashire, adjusting for population size.

Sheffield City mayor Dan Jarvis said he had acted 'responsibly' in reaching an agreement, taking a swipe at Manchester mayor Andy Burnham who has been sidelined by Prime Minister Boris Johnson after failing to come to an agreement.

Jarvis stated that 'inaction was not an option' after the number of Covid-19 patients in Sheffield's hospitals had doubled over ten days. 

The latest dramatic move means 7.3million people will be under the top level of restrictions by the weekend.

Around 1.4million of those are in the South Yorkshire areas of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

Coventry will also be escalated to a Tier 2 on Friday night.