Britons more polarised than ever as Boris threatens further Covid rules – new data shows


Boris Johnson questioned on his winter Covid plan

The Government are concerned that the NHS will become overwhelmed by Covid patients as the number of people admitted to hospital with Covid is over six times higher now than it was at the beginning of September last year, Covid deaths are also approximately 15 times higher. As Covid cases have begun to soar across the UK, Scotland and Northern Ireland have had to call on British troops and military doctors to help their NHS workers.

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On Tuesday Boris announced: “We will keep further measures in reserve, a plan B. We do not see the need now to proceed, for instance, with mandatory certification, but we will continue to work with the many businesses that are getting ready such a scheme.

“Indeed, over 200 events have already used Covid certification voluntarily. It’s just not sensible to rule out completely this kind of option now when we must face the fact that it might still make the difference between keeping businesses open at full capacity or not.”

In a poll of 3,554 people, held from September 14 to 17, 53 percent of people said they are not in support of a Covid vaccine passport being introduced as a legal requirement to enter large events and public spaces.

An Express reader, username Scorpio1956, said: “If you have to wear a mask to go in a shop or restaurant, then people will walk away and go elsewhere.”

On the other hand, 39 percent of voters said they would support vaccine passports and eight percent were undecided about their stance on the matter.

The Prime Minister continued to say: “We will also keep open the option of mandating face coverings as they have elsewhere, or advising people again to work from home.”

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Boris will face retaliation from Britons if he implements Covid restrictions again (Image: Getty)

But Britons are completely split over whether face masks should be made mandatory again, with 50 percent of voters saying they would support the move, and 50 percent saying they would not.

One voter, Phalanx, said: “If someone wants to wear one to protect themselves then fine, it should be a personal choice, I don’t buy it for one minute that everyone should have to wear one.”

Another voter, username Kingdevonian, commented: “He can implement it but I’m not going to do it. Never wearing a mask again to do everyday tasks.”

But other Express readers condemned anti-maskers, “are you quite happy to be one of those selfish so and so who is quite happy to spread covid? Disgusting,” said reader Birdmaniw.

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In the national press conference, Boris Johnson endorsed vaccination efforts to protect children against Covid and the negative effects it has on their schooling.

He said: “We are confident in the vaccines that have made such a difference to our lives, and we’re now intensifying that effort offering jabs to 12- to 15-year-olds, on the advice of the chief medical officers, who have given that advice based on the health, wellbeing, and educational prospects of the children themselves.”

Though there have been protests in London against vaccinating children, data gathered from Express.co.uk’s poll suggests that Britons trust the Prime Minister’s guidance.

Of the voters, 47.4 percent of people said they would consent to their 12-year-old being vaccinated, compared to 41.3 percent of people who said they would not, and a significant portion of the vote (11.3 percent) said they were not sure whether they would consent.

Leader of the Reclaim Party, Laurence Fox, responded to Mr Johnson’s announcement by tweeting: “So they are going to bribe us out of lockdown with vaccine passports and child vaccination. Good luck with that.”

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Some care facilities like nursing homes have made it compulsory for workers to get the Covid vaccine, and employees have been fired for refusing.

A majority of Express readers, 61 percent, said that they would support making frontline NHS workers and social care workers obligated by law to take the vaccine, 36 percent of voters opposed the idea.

In his announcement, the Prime Minister confirmed that the Government are “motoring ahead with the booster programme” which will vaccinate over 50s and the vulnerable over the winter.

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