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Coronavirus worry at highest levels since last week

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Julian Dailly EVP 15/04/2020

Coronavirus daily tracker: April 15th 2020

Anxiety rises amid confusion over “lockdown exit strategy”, stark warnings about the economy and tragic news of serious outbreaks in care homes across the country

More than one in five (22%) people are saying they’re the most worried ever

The UK public’s Covid-19 worry levels are the highest we’ve seen for over a week (56%), showing that the public aren’t feeling any less concerned about the impact of the disease the longer the pandemic (and accompanying lockdown) goes on.

Similarly, more than one in five (22%) people are saying they’re the most worried ever which is also the highest figure in over a week.

Today we’ve also seen a sharp spike in those who say their disposable income has decreased as a result of Covid-19, up to 43% from 38% just two days ago. Perhaps this is the end of a small period of decline in this figure as the economic affects of the lockdown kick in more and more.

Around one in five people in the UK have been furloughed, although a quarter of them are receiving supplementary income from their employer in addition to the 80% of their wage supplied by the government.

Following yesterday’s peak of 87%, the number of people who are following government guidelines has dropped slightly by one per cent to 86%. As has been widely reported, the public appear to be largely supportive of the social restrictions if it helps to reduce deaths, keep vulnerable people safe and prevent the NHS becoming overwhelmed.

On that note, approval of the NHS is at an all-time high (87%), while the government’s approval is showing some signs of recovery after dipping last week.

We will be updating our coronavirus tracker daily and weekly as this unprecedented pandemic unfolds. Please get in touch for more information.

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