More than half of all Britons have broken the Government’s coronavirus lockdown rules, according to official research. This rises above 60 percent among people aged 18-44, according to leaked papers. The report also found retired people were most likely to adhere to social distancing rules.
The data was produced in a report that gauges the impact of virus measures for the C19 National Foresight Working Group, which was leaked to The Sun.
The report also found less than 20 percent of Britons are wearing face masks out of the home.
But data suggests Londoners and the unemployed were more likely to wear a face covering, while the jobless are least likely to observe social distancing rules.
The report states: “Retired people are most likely to engage in physical distancing behaviours, which may reflect ongoing recognition for the increased risk to older adults.”
Coronavirus news: Fears for a second wave are mounting
It comes as the World Health Organisation (WHO) warns a deadly second wave of coronavirus infections is set to hit Europe in the autumn months.
Dr Hans Kluge, director for the WHO in Europe, urged European countries to prepare for a second peak, as many government’s have started to ease its lockdown measures.
He told the Telegraph: “I’m very concerned about a double wave – in the fall, we could have a second wave of Covid and another one of seasonal flu or measles.”
Dr Kluge also warned that just because the number of cases are starting to fall, it does not mean the pandemic is coming to an end.
England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty has also warned a second wave of the coronavirus could be even deadlier than the first.
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9.34am update: Ireland moves into phase two of easing lockdown
A series of restrictions have been lifted in Ireland today, including the reopening of retail shops following a ten-week shut down.
More people will be able to return to work, including all those who work on their own or whose work can be done safely while staying two metres apart from others.
The easing of restrictions also allow people to travel up to 20kms from their home, groups of up to six to be able to interact indoors with social distancing, and groups of up to 15 able to meet for outdoor sporting activities.
9.13am update: Pubs could reopen on June 22
Pubs and restaurants in England could reopen on June 22, nearly two weeks earlier than previously planned, according to the Finacial Times.
The reported plans are part of an effort to get the economy moving again and to save millions of jobs in the hospitality sector.
The date of reopening has not yet been signed off but is expected to be discussed in cabinet tomorrow.
8.40am update: Border Force slams new quarantine rules as ‘shambolic’
Lucy Moreton, professional officer at the Immigration Services Union, said Border Force staff were angered at the “shambolic” way the new quarantine rules had been implemented.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that technical papers explaining to staff what to check for only arrived on Friday and were still not available to those operating on the front line of the devolved administrations.
Ms Moreton said: “The staff are really angry that this does appear to be very shambolic and they don’t want to be blamed for that.
She added that there was “no provision to check the address” that arrivals had given for where they would self-isolate and that the system was built on “trust”.
Coronavirus UK: Pubs could reopen on June 22, according to reports
8.11am update: Minister says this weekend’s protests threatened collective health
Kit Malthouse, the minister for crime and policing, said protests over the weekend breach lockdown rules.
He told BBC Breakfast: “We would point out to people that it is in contravention of the regulations to show up on these demonstrations and it does breach our individual responsibility towards our collective health.”
But Mr Matlhouse didn’t think the lockdown regulations had been undermined.
He said: “It’s worth remembering that the vast majority of the 65 million people in this country have been extremely compliant with the regulations.”
7.45am update: Ryanair warns quarantine rules will devastate UK tourism
Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary has warned the two-week quarantine rule for travellers arriving in the UK will devastate UK domestic tourism.
He expects the UK outbound holiday season “will be fine”, but the Ryanair boss fears the new rules will deter Europeans from coming to the UK.
He told BBC Radio’s 4 Today programme: “What it is going to do is untold devastation, not just to the airlines but to British tourism.
“The thousands of hotels, the thousands of visitor attractions, restaurants in the next couple of months – July and August are the two key months for British tourism in the tourism industry.
“We’re facing thousands of jobs losses because of a stupid, ineffective quarantine.”