Fewer than HALF Britons are still socially distant: only 31% always fully follow measures when spending time with family and friends, poll shows
- Nearly 75 percent of adults said they had socialized in the past seven days
- Only 47 percent of 1,150 socialized people said they keep social distance
- It is because people from different households in Northern England were not allowed to meet in their homes or gardens
Less than half of adults who spend time with family and friends fully respect social distance measures when they meet, a survey found.
Nearly 75 percent of adults surveyed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said they had socialized with others in the past seven days, with 50 percent welcoming family or friends into their homes.
Of the 1,150 people who reported socialization, 47 percent said they have always kept social distance, increasing this rate to 70 percent of those age 70 and older.
Three in ten (31 percent) often said they followed the measures, 13 percent said they did sometimes, while 8 percent said they seldom, if ever, took social distance.
It is as ministers announced last night that people from different households in Greater Manchester, parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire were not allowed to meet.
Less than half of adults who spend time with family and friends fully respect social distance measures when they meet, a survey found
COVID-19 CASES IN RISE IN ENGLAND
Coronavirus cases in England are now at their highest levels since May, and government scientists are “ no longer confident ” that the crucial R rate is below the dreaded level of one.
Government statisticians today admitted that there is “now enough evidence” to prove that Covid-19 infections are on the rise, and count on 4,200 people contracting the virus daily only in England today.
The Office for National Statistics estimate, tracking the magnitude of the outbreak by swabbing thousands of people, has doubled since late June and is 68 percent higher than the 2,500 figure given two weeks ago.
One in 1,500 people currently has the coronavirus – 0.07 percent of the population. But experts believe the rate in London is twice as high and is still rising. The figure excludes care homes and hospitals.
Boris Johnson admitted today that ministers “cannot ignore this evidence,” announcing that he is “depressing the brake pedal” to facilitate coronavirus locking.
The rattled Prime Minister warned that coronavirus cases have started to ‘creep up’, leaving the government with no choice but to postpone further reopening of the economy. Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty added ‘we have probably reached the limit or limits of what we can do.’
Number 10’s scientific advisors also raised the R rate in the UK today, saying they now believe it is between 0.8 and 0.9. It was only 0.7 since May.
SAGE also revealed the growth rate – the average number of people infecting each Covid-19 patient – may have risen to more than one in the Southwest, home to the hot spots of Devon, Cornwall and Dorset. And they said it would probably be the same height in the northwest. Matt Hancock announced tough new lockdown measures last night in Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that “the collection of households and non-compliance with social distance rules” was one reason for the stricter rules announced at 9:15 pm last night.
The US analyzed responses from 1,564 people in Britain between their activities in the past week as part of the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey between July 22 and 26.
It also found that 57 percent of respondents support compulsory facial wear in shops and supermarkets.
People in Scotland and in the 1970s most supported the measure.
It is as revealed yesterday that only 45 percent of people in England have a “broad understanding” of the lockdown rules.
This is compared to 75 percent in Scotland and 61 percent in Wales, where rules were relaxed at a different pace.
Researchers at University College London conducted a survey that found only 14 percent of the population fully understand the lock rules.
They found that as measures eased in the UK at different rates, the notion of what is and isn’t allowed declined, especially among younger adults.
And only 14 percent in England fully understand the current guidelines, compared to 18 percent in Wales and 27 percent in Scotland, according to the study of 70,000 people.
Ministers have been criticized for chopping and changing social distance guidelines and issuing confusing slogans such as ‘stay alert’. Experts have warned that widespread confusion and mixed reports could contribute to a second wave of the virus.
They suggested that Downing Street’s decision to end the daily press conferences at the end of June means people are less informed and more confused.
Lead author Dr. Daisy Fancourt, of University College London, said, “This may reflect difficulties in applying the rules to more complex life scenarios among younger adults, or reflect the different time spent following Covid-19 news. among different age groups.
“The general slump in understanding may be due to unclear reports from the government, or a decline in people’s interest and involvement, especially with the cessation of the daily Downing Street corona virus briefing in late June.”
And on Wednesday, the head of the British Medical Association, Chaand Nagpaul, told MPs: “When I look at something as simple as our social distance posts, we’re told social distance is still two meters or one meter plus.
“Do you think a citizen understands what one meter plus means? Many don’t really understand this because it’s unclear and they don’t take a social distance. ‘