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More Than Half Of People Think The Government Could Have Done More Over Coronavirus

More Than Half Of People Think The Government Could Have Done More Over Coronavirus

More than half of people asked in a huge poll think the government could have done more to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Alongside Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, the Prime Minister laid out new guidelines that seemed to have ramped up quite drastically from the previous information we were given.

The first daily coronavirus briefing took place yesterday. Credit: PA
The first daily coronavirus briefing took place yesterday. Credit: PA

But 60 percent of more than 15,000 people who responded to a recent LADbible poll say the problem is that the government just hasn't done enough to help tackle the pandemic.

As the nation watched other countries around Europe go into enforced lockdown - many in the UK argued that didn't really know what we were supposed to do for the best. Some carried on as usual, others bought every single loo roll they could find.

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Comments from our followers seem mixed, to say the least - a reflection on how little we have been told.

One Twitter user replied: "They didn't actually do anything."

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While another said: "I agree in not closing schools as that will only add further disruption making working families unable to manage home and work life balance. More needs to be enforced towards ending 'panic' buyers and depleted stocks."

But, with 9 percent saying the government has 'played it perfectly' and 11 percent claiming the PM and his team had 'done just enough', others had different views - with some thinking Johnson and co have been 'cautious but confident'.

The EU has proposed a continent wide travel ban. Credit: PA
The EU has proposed a continent wide travel ban. Credit: PA

Another person tweeted: "I think this is asking a generation who are used to everything being done for them, so they will always want more done for them..."

With someone else replying: "Boris has handed it over to the best scientists in the world at their field. Cautious but confident."

Almost 20 percent just 'didn't know' if they'd got it right or not - and who can blame them?

The committee gave the advice yesterday that we need to start taking social distancing more seriously - a far cry from Boris' recent 'herd immunity' approach. The public has now been advised not to visit pubs, clubs, restaurants and other public spaces, and anyone who has the capability to work from home has been urged to.

Scientists are already trialling vaccines. Credit: PA
Scientists are already trialling vaccines. Credit: PA

As it stands, schools and care homes haven't been forcibly closed - but as pointed out in yesterday's briefing, this could soon change.

But as scientists learn more about the virus, or should we say, learn how little we know about it, researchers around the world are working away to try to come up with a vaccine for the infection.

So far, 7,177 people have died after testing positive for Covid-19 - but it is important to point out that many of these people were already sick with different illnesses.

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Topics: coronavirus, Community

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into PR and then the world of music. After a few years working on festivals and events, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]