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More people think UK has managed coronavirus worse than Spain and Italy, poll shows

More people think UK has managed coronavirus worse than Spain and Italy, poll shows
The total number of deaths in the UK was 32,313 as of 2 May. Photograph: Getty Images More people in this country now believe the UK has performed worse than Italy, Spain and France in the Covid-19 crisis than say it has done better than its European neighbours, according the latest Opinium poll for the…




A coronavirus patient.







The overall number of deaths in the UK was 32,313 since 2 May.
Photograph: Getty Images.

More people in this country now think the UK has carried out even worse than Italy, Spain and France in the Covid-19 crisis than state it has done much better than its European neighbours, according the latest Opinium poll for the Observer

The data shows that just the United States is evaluated by a bulk of individuals in the UK to have actually fared worse. While two weeks ago more individuals thought that the UK had actually done better than Italy and Spain, now the reverse holds true.

The findings come after a week in which the Office for National Data (ONS) reported that the UK had the highest total of deaths from Covid-19 of any European country.

The ONS said 29,648 deaths had actually been signed up in England and Wales with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate by 2 May. With the addition of the official death figures for Scotland and Northern Ireland, this took the total to 32,313– the highest of any country in Europe.

While ministers have been keen to mention that global comparisons are challenging to make, it appears that the rise of the UK death toll above those of other nations has shifted popular opinion about the efficiency of the UK response.

Two weeks ago, when Opinium asked individuals whether the UK had responded much better or even worse than Italy, 30%stated it had done better and 22%even worse. There was a comparable turn-around in relation to Spain with 29?lieving the UK had actually handled things even worse and 22?tter in the newest survey.

Opinium also found that more people had concerned the view that the UK had done worse in contrast to South Korea, Japan and Australia than two weeks back.

In general more individuals still approve of the way the UK has managed the crisis (48%approve versus 36%who disapprove) though the net approval rate (the figure when the proportion of those who disapprove is subtracted from the proportion who authorize) is at its lowest level (plus 12) since Opinium began polling on coronavirus in March.

graph: has uk handled crisis much better or worse than other nations

On specific aspects of the crisis, 60%the way the government has dealt with testing for Covid-19 This follows the government revealing it had actually hit the 100,000 test each day 10 days ago just to stop working to fulfill that target again on any single day recently.

With some lockdown restrictions possibly being eased from Monday, most of people are still mindful about resuming public locations. Fewer than one in 10 believe schools (8%), workplaces (8%) and non-essential stores (9%) must resume right away. The public seem uncomfortable with the idea of going to public locations or using public transport even after restrictions are lifted. Three in 5 (60%) state they would not feel comfy consuming in a restaurant, while over half would feel uneasy utilizing the underground (55%) or travelling by bus or train (59%and 56%respectively). Viewpoint is more divided on returning to offices; over a third (36%) would feel unpleasant going back to working in a workplace, while 30%would feel comfy.

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