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UK public strongly in favour of continuing lockdown

The majority of the British public are in favour of continuing the coronavirus lockdown, a poll suggests.

More than four in five Britons are against lockdown measures being eased for schools, pubs and restaurants, according to the Opinium poll for The Observer.

Earlier this week, Boris Johnson said the country has passed the peak of Covid-19 infections and he would soon set out a “road map” for easing measures.

However, only 17 per cent of the 2,000 people polled thought the time was right to consider re-opening schools, with smaller proportions thinking conditions had been met to allow cinemas, sporting stadia and nightclubs to open their doors.

The poll was conducted between Wednesday and Friday and showed 79 per cent of people were continuing to follow lockdown restrictions into their sixth week.

The poll shows 14 per cent of people are “starting to be more relaxed” about bending lockdown rules, with 3 per cent saying they never followed them strictly.

A quarter of people said they had left their home for exercise for more than an hour, 15 per cent used the premise of shopping for essentials as a reason for being outside and 13 per cent met up with friends and family for a walk.

One in 12 (8 per cent) said they had sat at a beer garden despite pubs being closed, and 9 per cent said they had used the so-called NHS Shopping Hour despite not working in the health service.

The UKs death toll is edging closer to that of Italy, which is the highest in Europe at 28,710, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Last week, Mr Johnson said he would not want to risk a second peak in the disease by relaxing restrictions too quickly, with the government saying five tests would have to be met.

Among them was a falling death rate, a lower rate of infection, and satisfaction that supplies of testing and personal protective equipment are able to meet future demand.
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