Lockdown, here we come! Britons say UK will be plunged back under Covid rules this winter


Of those who took part in the poll, 49 percent believed a new lockdown was imminent. In the poll, concerns over coronavirus were highest amongst the over-55s with 74 percent of participants concerned about another virus wave this winter. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Chris Hopkins, of Savanta ComRes, said: “While it may feel to many that the UK is out of the woods with coronavirus, there is still an underlying feeling or perhaps fear among the public that there are more restrictions, including lockdowns, to come.

“That, coupled with a small but significant proportion who feel that the worst of the pandemic is still ahead of us, shows that trust in the vaccine rollout may still be undermined if the UK enters further restrictions during a winter that will be inevitably challenging for the NHS.”

Over half, 55 percent, of those who took part in the poll think the worst of the pandemic is behind us.

However, 19 percent believe the worst is yet to come.

The NHS has begun a booster programme in the run-up to the winter period.

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On Sunday, data revealed that Britain experienced a 30 percent weekly increase of coronavirus cases to 45,140 within 28 days of a positive test.

This is the highest total since July, but fatalities from the pathogen have fallen by nearly two-thirds, from 148 to 57 in the past week.

The survey was conducted by Savanta ComRes and comes at a time when experts warn that the uptake of Covid booster injections may be too slow to prevent hospitals from becoming overcrowded this winter.

The Government acknowledged that winter would be “challenging” when questioned about rising coronavirus rates.

An official spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We obviously keep very close watch on the latest statistics.

“We always knew the coming months would be challenging.”

The survey was formed by interviewing 2,103 UK adults online by Savanta ComRes between October 8 to 10.



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