RNA - A survey by pollster Ipsos MORI revealed that 56% of respondents believe the UK government’s enforcement of lockdown and social distancing measures has been too slow. In comparison, only 4% of Britons believe the measures were taken too soon.
The poll comes as the government faces increasing pressure to raise the number of people being tested for coronavirus. The situation has already become a scandal in the UK and has been described by some as a “shambles".
As of Friday, 34,173 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, as the death toll has rises to 2,926.
Amid the worsening situation, the government introduced a lockdown a week ago, with people having to stay at home except for essential journeys, such as buying food and walking pets. Police are enforcing the measures, and a nationwide campaign to encourage social distancing has also been introduced. Although the vast majority of Britons have been complying with the government’s new regime, not all approve of the timing of its rollout.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who tested positive for Covid-19 himself, is facing growing anger over his government’s failure to reach even its own target of 10,000 tests per day.
Despite this, the PM has said that testing was “massively increasing”, with a senior minister adding that he expects 25,000 tests a day by the “middle of April”.
Johnson’s spokesman has stated that social distancing measures will remain in place in the UK until after the Easter holiday, and that even harsher steps could be implemented if the situation continues to deteriorate.
“The prime minister has said we will at all times follow the scientific and medical advice and if we need to take further steps we won’t hesitate to do so,” the spokesman announced.