Nearly 40 per cent of poll respondents are calling for another lockdown as flu season begins.
Following a spike in Covid cases across the UK, a slim majority of people want the government to impose another lockdown to slow the spread of the virus, a poll by The Independent has found.
Nearly 40 per cent of respondents said that they wanted another lockdown due to concerns around rising Covid infections and NHS capacity as the country enters flu season.
Although overall Covid cases have fallen from the 56,000 seen in mid-October, nearly 20 per cent of local areas across the UK are still witnessing climbing case counts, particularly in the East Midlands.
Moreover, related deaths and hospital admissions continue to rise. According to the latest government data, 74 deaths were reported on 31 October, within 28 days of a positive test, and over the last week, deaths are up more than 15 per cent compared to the previous week. Similarly, 1,038 patients were admitted to hospital on 25 October, which represents an increase of six per cent above the previous week.