Most people in UK support two-week lockdown to combat omicrons, poll shows

Majority of UK adults support the idea of ​​a two-week national shutdown starting December to combat omicron, the new poll program.

About 51% support the idea of ​​locking the door Christmas To prevent Covid according to the latest survey of Savanta ComRes.

A third of adults (32%) still oppose the new embargo, rising to almost two in five Conservative voters (38%) – although nearly half of Tory supporters support the idea. this idea (48%).

Downing Street insisted on Wednesday that Boris Johnson ‘doesn’t plan to go beyond’ current plan B measures and impose tougher restrictions – despite warnings from chief medical officers that the NHS could soon be overwhelmed by cases omicron hospital admission.

But pollsters at Savanta ComRes said the prime minister was likely to have “the public on his side” if he introduced further restrictions.

Among the specific restrictions polled, closing nightclubs (63% in favor) and preventing large crowds at sports and entertainment events (64%) had a low level of support. the highest households, with only one-fifth opposed.

A return to the “rule of six” that would place strict limits on how many people can gather indoors is supported by 55% of the public.

And restrictions such as the closure of pubs and restaurants (44% support), no mix of different households’ homes (44%) also have a relatively high level of support.

Chris Hopkins, director of political research at Savanta ComRes, said: “The omicron variation looks set to force the government to step in, and it appears the public is gearing up for another Christmas of cockroaches. and limited,” said Chris Hopkins, director of political research at Savanta ComRes.

He added: “With half appearing in favor of the shutdown amid a rise in cases, the prime minister once again appears to have the public on his side should he decide to make last-minute changes. for the festive period.”

Mr Johnson will hold a news conference at 5pm today alongside Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, who has warned that a “significant increase in hospitalizations” is coming from the omicron.

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) director Jenny Harries warned on Wednesday that omicrons are “probably the most significant threat we have faced since the start of the pandemic” and that the NHS has may be in “serious danger” from the new wave.

While no firm proposals for Plan C have been delivered to cabinet ministers yet, government officials are said to be looking at contingency plans for further restrictions.

The Savanta ComRes pollster noted that the popularity of holiday restrictions was down slightly from last year, with two-thirds in favor of a reduction in the “Christmas bubble” from last year. day down to one. “Some are certainly less concerned this year than last year,” Mr. Hopkins said.

Almost half of UK adults (48%) told pollsters they are likely to cancel planned Christmas gatherings or other social occasions over the next two weeks because of omicrons. Only two in five said they were incapable of doing this (42%).

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/omicron-two-week-lockdown-poll-b1976727.html Most people in UK support two-week lockdown to combat omicrons, poll shows

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