Just 41% of people are now 'very worried' about Covid – lowest proportion since pandemic began


Britain’s Covid fears fade: Just 41% of people are now ‘very worried’ about virus – the lowest proportion since pandemic began, official survey shows

  • ONS survey shows 41% of adults say they were ‘very worried’ by Covid last week 
  • It was less than half the proportion reporting fears at the start of the pandemic 
  • The percentage of people working from home also continued to fall last week 


Britain’s fears around Covid have fallen to their lowest level since the start of the pandemic, official data showed today.

A survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed just 41 per cent of adults were ‘very worried’ by the virus from February 16 to 27.

The figure was less than half the proportion that were terrified by Covid at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 (86 per cent). 

It had been falling since January 22, after the Omicron wave caused fears to spike up in 66 per cent of the population again. 

Since then, infections, hospitalisations and deaths had all been falling consistently until this week, with Boris Johnson dropping all restrictions on February 24. 

Britain’s daily Covid cases rose for the second day in a row yesterday amid signs the country’s outbreak is no longer shrinking.

Government dashboard data showed 45,656 infections were logged yesterday, up 17 per cent on the tally last Thursday. 

A month of falling infections was brought to an end the day before.

ONS data showed there was a continuing decline in the percentage of people working from home last week, with 15 per cent working remotely from February 16 to 27 compared with 26 per cent over the period January 6 to 16. There was also an increase in the percentage travelling to work: 56 per cent compared with 51 per cent over the same period

ONS data showed there was a continuing decline in the percentage of people working from home last week, with 15 per cent working remotely from February 16 to 27 compared with 26 per cent over the period January 6 to 16. There was also an increase in the percentage travelling to work: 56 per cent compared with 51 per cent over the same period

The survey showed the use of face coverings in shops and on public transport decreased compared to the previous week

The survey showed the use of face coverings in shops and on public transport decreased compared to the previous week

Statisticians surveyed people in in Great Britain from from February 16 to 27 — with all restrictions ending on February 24.

They showed the use of face coverings in shops and on public transport decreased compared to the previous week.

Some 71 per cent said they always or often wore face coverings while in shops, down from 77 per cent from February 3 to 13.

And 70 per cent reporting wearing a face covering throughout the journey on public transport, down from 78 per cent in the previous period.

Almost one-third (32 per cent) of adults reported always or often maintaining social distancing, down from 35 per cent.

This is the lowest proportion of adults reporting maintaining social distancing since data collection on this measure started in September 2020.

Around 4 in 10 (42 per cent) adults said they had taken a rapid lateral flow test in the past seven days, decreasing from 49 per cent. 

The percentage of people working from home last week also continued to fall, with 15 per cent working remotely compared with 26 per cent from January 6 to 16. 

There was an increase in the percentage travelling to work: 56 per cent compared with 51 per cent over the same period.

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