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The majority of people living in the UK would not blame the Conservative government for a second wave of coronavirus, according to a new YouGov poll.
The public would bear the brunt of the responsibility rather than Boris Johnson’s administration, the new survey suggests.
In total 52% of the respondents said the public would be at fault, 31% said the Tories would take responsibility, 11% said neither and 7% said they did not know.
The survey polled 2,447 adults.
On Tuesday, a study warned Britain risked a second wave of COVID-19 this winter twice as large as the initial outbreak if it reopens schools full-time without improving its test-and-trace system.
Schools in the UK closed in March during a national lockdown, except for the children of key workers, and reopened in June for a small number of pupils.
All children are now on their summer breaks.
The government wants all pupils to return to school by early September, with the prime minister calling this a national priority.
Researchers from University College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine modelled the impact of reopening schools, combined with continuing to gradually ease social-distancing measures, under a range of scenarios.
If schools reopened full-time, 75% of people with COVID-19 symptoms would need to be diagnosed and isolated and 68% of their contacts would need to be traced, according to their study published in the Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal.
The test-and-trace system in England is currently reaching about 50% of contacts of those testing positive, according to the study’s lead author Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths.
Junior local government minister Simon Clarke said the system was constantly being tweaked to make it more effective, adding that officials were looking at whether there should be a physical follow-up if some people could not be reached by phone.
The latest official data, for the period July 16-22, showed that the test-and-trace system reached 81% of people who tested positive, and that 81% of those it reached provided details for contacts.
The system reached 75% of those contacts.
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