Study: two thirds of people in North West would have put UK in lockdown earlier

Some 67% of people in the North West think the Government left it too late to take stricter lockdown measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, a new study has shown.

Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 9:06 am
Updated Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 9:08 am
67% of people in the North West would have supported a UK lockdown earlier.

The research, conducted by 4media Group, shows that two in three people in the region would have supported a more stringent societal lockdown to prevent the spread of the disease earlier, with 47% saying that Boris Johnson should have shut schools earlier, too.

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Despite the fact that many believe that more measures could have been implemented sooner to fight off the spread of Covid-19, 60% of adults in the North West believe that the Prime Minister has done a decent job in response to what looks certain to be the biggest crisis to his the country since the second world war.

Not letting his status as a relative political newcomer affect his performance on the national stage, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been the standout beacon for people, however, with 65% of those polled earlier this week saying that they think he has handled the situation either very or quite well.

Following stricter sanitary guidelines, the proportion of people who say that they are now thoroughly and properly washing their hands has risen from 49% to 62%, but despite the improvement in public hand-washing, it seems people are still ignoring pleas to avoid panic-buying, with over three quarters of families polled saying that they have struggled to get everything they need from supermarkets.