Vast majority of Brits back curfew measures to stop second wave of coronavirus, poll shows

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An NHS Coronavirus sign in Glasgow as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
An NHS Coronavirus sign in Glasgow advising people to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic. (PA)

After Boris Johnson announced new laws on social gatherings on Wednesday, a new poll has shown that Britons would support even stricter measures being enforced.

According to YouGov, nearly two thirds of the population would support a 10pm-5am curfew to help stop a second wave of coronavirus.

In the poll of 3,906 adults, 62% of all Brits supported such a measure, while all age ranges were in favour – with support increasing among older people.

Some 75% of those in the 65 and older category supported a curfew, while over half (51%) in the youngest age range – 18-24 – were in favour.

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It comes after reports that the government have been considering introducing a nationwide curfew following its introduction in Bolton, which is under a local lockdown.

Pubs and restaurants in Bolton have been forced to close between 10pm and 5am, which prompted ministers to consider extending it nationwide, according to The Telegraph.

This would mean that people would have to stay at home between the designated hours, with some exemptions likely.

However, the the prime minister did not announce a curfew during Wednesday’s press conference, which was organised to set out plans for a restriction on social gatherings from Monday.

The discussions about curfews come as similar measures were put into place in Belgium following a rise in cases.

The curfew in that country has been hailed as a success as cases dropped following its introduction.

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Health secretary Matt Hancock told the Commons health and social care select committee this week: “In some countries, not only in the Far East but also closer to home, they have seen a rise in cases especially among younger people, taken action and that has turned the curve.

“That’s particularly true, for instance, in Belgium which we were very worried about a month ago but the case rate has come right down when they put a curfew in place.”

England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty alluded to the Belgium curfew and its success in bringing cases under control at Wednesday’s Downing Street press conference.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual press conference at Downing Street in central London on September 9, 2020 following an announcement of further restrictions on social gatherings in England due to an uptick in cases of the novel coronavirus. - The UK government on on September 9 sets out tighter rules on social gatherings to curb the spread of the coronavirus, with concern mounting at rising infection rates among the young. The law in England will change from next week to reduce the number of people who can gather socially from 30 to six, with some exemptions. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEFAN ROUSSEAU/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Boris Johnson announced new rules on social gatherings during a virtual press conference on Wednesday. (Getty)

Whitty said: “Initially a rate went up quite sharply in the way that it has in the UK.

“But then they took decisive action and at that point the rate stabilised and in fact subsequently began to come gradually down.

“So, this is a clear indication that if you act rapidly and decisively when these changes are happening there is a reasonable chance, or a good chance, of bringing the rates back down and under control.”

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